Week of Online Giving:
April 20-25, 2014
The 2014 Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ (GWIL) campaign provides support and publicity for local non-profit charitable organizations competing for GWIL matching funds during the campaign’s Week of Online Giving, April 20-25th.
Around Dripping Springs is pleased to feature this series of GWIL non-profit profiles to help publicize their unique missions to the community. We invite you to get to know these wonderful organizers and learn more about the important work they are each doing to enrich our community. Please share their stories, and be sure to donate to your favorite during the Week of Online Giving! Learn more at: http://www.GivinWhereImLivin.org
NOW MEET THUNDERING PAWS ANIMAL SANCTUARY, WITH ORGANIZERS ANNE ZOBOLIO AND SCOTT HAYWOOD:
WHEN, HOW, AND WHY WAS YOUR ORGANIZATION FOUNDED?
We are the Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary. Anne Zabolio leads our efforts. In July, 2001, we got together a board of directors to complete the 501-3(c) documents. We organized to care for homeless, abused, and neglected animals.
WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY MISSION, AND WHAT NEEDS DO YOU SERVE?
Our primary mission is to offer a safe haven for animals of all kinds, with an emphasis on domestic animals, who are homeless, neglected, injured or abused. Our goal is to respect animals as individual beings with spirits who deserve the right to live a happy and healthy life, regardless of their attitude toward humans and human contact.
WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING THAT HAS HAPPENED THROUGH YOUR EFFORTS?
Two related events, actually: In January 2011, we received a call from a family who needed help to keep their many cats at their trailer in Dripping Springs. Patti Clark of the Austin Zoo (also, a DSCF board member!) rounded up others to help. Volunteers from the Dripping Springs United Methodist Church, and Bear Creek Homes, cleaned, replaced the trailer’s flooring, and some of the furniture. The Outpost Motel housed the family while the work was done. We provided food, water, and temporary shelter for dozens of happy, friendly, healthy cats. By April of 2013, the situation had deteriorated: with the weather heating up, we were called to the trailer where there were 41 cats without food, water, or ventilation. With the cooperation of a lot of people, we were able to help the cats. Many have been adopted and some are still available for adoption.
WHAT ARE YOUR PRIMARY GOALS IN 2014? WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MEET THOSE GOALS?
Our main goal is to further our adoption program; specifically, to arrange funding to purchase a van for the program, and recruit additional foster homes. We are applying to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary on a grant for the van. We would also like to re-vamp our trap-spay-neuter program for homeless cats. We also want to recruit more volunteers to trap and transport. We plan to post a call for volunteers and train them in a series of workshops in the field to trap cats. We will work up a set of protocols to keep cats and humans safe during this work. As always, we continue to seek to build our base of funding by asking donors to give at least $10/month.
HOW CAN FOLKS CONTACT YOUR ORGANIZATION TO DONATE OR VOLUNTEER YEAR-ROUND?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 512/402-9724
Visit us online: http://www.thunderingpaws.org
“Like” us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thundering-Paws-Animal-Sanctuary
WEEK OF ONLINE GIVING:
APRIL 20-25, 2014
GIVIN’ WHERE I’M LIVIN’ http://www.givinwhereimliving.org
DS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION http://www.dscommunityfoundation.org
http://www.tinyurl.com/GWIL2014FFL (Friendships for Life)
GWIL2014 IS SPONSORED BY: