Emergency Housing & the Fundraising Challenge
Meet Leo! Leo is currently one of the pets that MCHA has in temporary emergency housing. Leo has been living in his owner’s car. While his owner has been able to stay in an overnight shelter, it was not cat friendly. During the most recent cold-weather snap, Leo’s mom was worried that it would be too cold for him at night and came to us to help arrange emergency care until she had a safe place for both of them. We have been caring for Leo with a foster parent for the last three weeks. Before Leo could stay in a foster-home environment, it was imperative that Leo be vetted beforehand, including vaccinations, flea treatment and testing for FIV/FeLV. These measures are to keep both Leo and any pets in the foster home safe and healthy. We coordinate emergency housing at no cost to clients in need, but it also usually means that they wouldn’t be able to afford any of the necessary veterinary needs, either. The Emergency Housing program is still a new initiative for MCHA, but one we’re seeing more and more interest and demand for from clients. Just this year, we have already fostered three pets for emergency housing, two of them still in foster care until their owners are prepared to take back their pets. To help offset these costs for clients, MCHA has earmarked ALL of the funds raised through the Fundraising Challenge against Loving Heart Animal Shelter to support the veterinary care that pets seeking emergency foster need. This is the 4th year in a row that MCHA has challenged fans in Lafayette, Indiana to a fundraising challenge. The current score is 2-1, with MCHA winning last year. Each year, the challenge happens when our men’s IU Hoosiers take on the Purdue Boilermakers. We’re hoping to rally Hoosier support to help animals at the same time! Should we lose this challenge, while the funds raised will still help animals in our community, but it will mean that I’ll take a pie in the face. While I know my staff are all too excited about the opportunity to smash a pie in my face I’m sure, I’m hoping you can help me and animals by making a donation to help support this cause. You can do so easily here and just mark the designation as “Fundraising Challenge.” There are only six days left! The challenge ends on Sunday, January 28 at the close of the men’s IU Basketball game! Thank you for thinking of the animals, and me!