Sunday, September 13, 2009


Hey Hounders,
Shelby Belle, the puppy from you know where, here with our post for today. Well, mom and dad will soon be boarding the Disney Cruise Line ship S.S. Wonder and departing for the Bahamas. We'll be staying here with Ms. Mary and Ms. Tammy taking care of us. Speaking of "Wonder," we wonder if mom and dad and The Beel and Sissy Sarah would like to watch a movie on board the ship tonight. How about a nice relaxing drama flick with one of mom's favorite "hunky" actors; George Clooney. We think that "The Perfect Storm" would be "perfect" for the occasion. It might remind them of those poor souls that they've left behind: namely US. There are probably other films that they might want to checkout while they're sailing, sailing, over the bounding main.
- Shelby Belle and The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties


You're not really sea sick when you're praying that you'll live; you're only really sea sick when you're praying that you'll die.


We received the latest AHGRR Newsletter last night from Ms. Carol and have posted it here.




Hi Everyone:

It's really hard to believe that summer is almost gone. I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing summertime.

The quarantine building is mostly complete and is being used. We are very thankful for it - it has solved a lot of issues with segregating new intakes for a period of time prior to introducing them to the other dogs here.

We will begin listing items for sale on Ebay sometime during the month of October. We have some wonderful items that will be for sale, including an original oil painting by Lara Harris.
We're hoping that a lot of our supporters will consider doing at least some of their Holiday Shopping on Ebay. Don't forget that every day there are listings on Ebay from our supporters that benefit Almost Heaven. Please check in often as the inventory is always changing.

And, if you are buying or selling on Ebay, please consider donating a portion of your proceeds to us - or add a dollar to your checkout for us. (I'm not an Ebay expert, but I will try to help anyone who has questions about how to do this.)

We are currently looking into joining a pet care health insurance plan that will be available to anyone who has adopted a dog from us, and hopefully to the pets of all our supporters. We don't have a lot of details yet, but hopefully will have them soon - with the ever increasing costs of veterinary care - it's something we all should think about. The new plans are not as cumbersome as the old ones used to be, and they cover a lot more. If this one is not as good as we are hoping it will be, we will be investigating others, and will let you all know our progress.

Let me preface our next topic by thanking all of you who have continued to support us. We would not be here saving lives without you. To those of you who have found yourselves victims of these difficult economic times, we will include you in our prayers.

The economic downturn in this country is hurting shelters and rescues - everywhere. Adoptions here (and just about everywhere) are waaaaay down, we sometimes go for weeks without even an application to process, much less an actual adoption. Intake requests have skyrocketed - we are being bombarded from every direction with requests to help dogs. Many of these dogs have and have had serious health issues. Many of them, due to overcrowding at almost every animal shelter we work with, need to be boarded until they can be transported or until we have space. The shelters just cannot hold them, and without having the option of boarding them - they will die.

Veterinary expenses have also gone through the roof - ordinary supplies cost more - and our income is down.

So, it is with hope that we are going to being a new sponsorship plan here. In order to keep saving lives, we are going to be asking for sponsors to help offset the costs of intake for any new dog and to support those dogs already with us. We are hopeful that this will ease our burden of worry about paying for our dog's basic and extraordinary needs.

We're going to break down sponsorships as follows and we would be grateful to anyone who can donate a full or partial sponsorship in any of the categories:

Monthly Sponsorship of a single dog who is already in our care (so many of our dogs do not have their own angels, please take a look at our website and see if there is anyone there that you would like to sponsor). The total cost per dog of regular care (food, heartworm prevention, flea preventative, utilities, grooming) $45

Medical Costs Sponsorship - Normal medical costs upon intake - include vaccinations, heartworm testing, fecal exam & worming, spay/neuter (Average Costs) $200/dog

Rusty - needs to be neutered/heartworm tested and vaccinated - just one of many who will be visiting our veterinarian soon.
(Fluffy, Roger, Boomer also need medical costs sponsors.) We have many more requests for intakes that will also need medical sponsors, so we can never have too many medical sponsors - never.

<- Roger


Fluffy ->


Extraordinary Medical Expenses - These funds are used to treat tumor removal, heartworm disease, infections, injuries, eye disease, cancer, etc. And to date, we have been using the general donation fund. Josh, Amos, and Sonny all have extraordinary medical issues coming up that will need to be funded. Josh and Amos have heartworm disease. The cost to treat them will be approximately $350. Sonny has a large tumor that needs to be removed. The cost to remove Sonny's tumor will be in the $400 - $500 range.

Sonny - abandoned at a high kill shelter by his owners at age 10.

If you are already donating on a monthly basis, and would like the funds directed to the care of a particular dog, please just let me know who you would like to sponsor.

As you can see, each dog needs at least 2 angels - one for his basic care ($45/month), and one for his medical care upon intake (normal). Some of our dogs need 3 - or more - an additional sponsor or sponsors to help with their extraordinary medical costs. In the past we have been able to fund the normal medical expenses with adoption fees, but with adoptions being so slow

If you would like to be an Angel and sponsor a dog monthly, for medical, or for extraordinary medical costs, you may donate via paypal (donation buttons on our website - and you may use a credit card), or by mailing a check to:

Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue
P.O. Drawer D
Delray, WV 26714

Please remember - partial sponsorships are welcome - and we would be very thankful for them.

Apprenticeship Program - Finally - we are hoping to about offer an apprenticeship program here next year. We will offer housing in a camping type environment, with free use of our swimming lake, tennis courts, fishing lake, and all other community amenities. In exchange, we are looking for people who would like to learn about rescue - hands on. This will entail working with the dogs here in every day care, training, grooming, transport, etc. It is our hope that this program will educate some future rescuers, and provide some much needed relief for Skip and I. All participants must be at least 18 years old, and have a valid drivers license. We hope to start the program in April and have it run through next October. Participants will be booked for a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 1 month. In addition to providing the camper type housing, there will be a small hourly salary paid.

If you know anyone that may be interested, please tell them to get in touch with us as we will begin the screening process by the first of the year. We are hopeful that this will attract those interested in working with animals - vet tech and vet students, groomers, etc. There will be an extensive reference and background check of those applying. We must have people who are responsible and mature.

Sorry to have been so long winded - have a great weekend!

Carol - Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue


Tracey and Huffle said...

Well, if the Perfect Storm doesn't put them off, then nothing will.

Huffle Mawson

Ruby Red Dog said...

I wonder what you guys will get up to while your humans are away??

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Yes, it is sad what is going on in our country about all of the dogs and cats that are losing their homes. Thankfully, our shelter is no-kill and has great community support. We will keep all of your furry worthy pups that need homes in our PURRayers.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Woo khould make it a double bill and inkhlude The Poseidon Adventure!



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If you can, please consider opening your home to a homeless animal, preferably a dog or cat or other domesticated animal; livestock does better on farms and wild animals do better in zoos and parks. Your local Humane Society or SPCA or Animal Shelter has a wide selection of could be, should be, pets looking for new homes. If you can't adopt, perhaps you can at least become a sponsor. We'll show you how to help out Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary (AHGRRS) on our blog page, but you can help out any organization of your choice, but please help; contribute or volunteer.
- The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties


So many Senior and Special Needs Goldens do not find "forever homes". Many of these dogs have above average medical needs and costs, are maintained on "special" diets, or have other extraordinary needs. Your donations can be targeted towards a particular Senior or Special needs Golden Retriever. As a sponsor, you will receive updates about your "special" Golden, and will be mentioned in our quarterly newsletter as the dog's sponsor. We also accept Paypal donations. Please keep in mind that we are a non-profit organization and that your donation is fully tax-deductible. Please just write the Golden's name in the memo line of your check or Paypal submission when sponsoring a Golden Retriever.


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