Turtle Gardens has survived another year! On April the 8th we will see our 25th Anniversary. Who would have thought that Sam’s legacy would endure so long and save so many animals. You can read her story here http://www.turtlegardens.org/blog/?p=11091 Turtle Gardens has evolved as the need arose – from a little rescue with two people struggling to save animals to a large network of supporters and volunteers. We work with the Prince George Correctional Center – a win-win situation. Our dogs benefit from 8 weeks of positive obedience training and the handlers benefit with a new skill. These dogs find homes pretty quickly – they are well started in lifeskills.
Our foster homes have increased the number of dogs going to Vancouver and the Island on the TG Bus. Denise is an organizational whirlwind. Lisa B is our adoption coordinator and diplomat extraordinaire. She is also long time foster home. Piper takes care of the Facebook adoption page and matches applicants who didn’t match an adopted dog with another that does match. We sometimes have multiple applications for one dog – they can all be wonderful homes but with only one dog, disappointments happen. Piper helps them complete the adoption process and matches them with a new arrival – a lot of dogs no longer make it to petfinder! Paula and Del keep the regular facebook updated and interesting. Adoption inquiries have increased with social media.
And a huge THANK YOU to Del who keeps my blog current – with updates and events and whatever needs to be up and does a fantabulous job too! Way better than me! A thank you to Sherry for taking on the blog maintenance and upgrading.
Paula is our homevisit coordinator – and she does an awesome job of finding volunteers to meet our applicants. Katie finds donations of dog food etc. Piper also is our TG Bus Run photographer. Her pictures really help dogs attract attention. There is never a second chance at a First impression. The first 10 seconds are all we have to grab someone’s attention. Good pictures does just that. Susan B took pictures this last trip – two awesome photographers in our group – we certainly are fortunate.
Linda D rounds up supplies ie blankets and towels, beds, everything we need to make our dogs comfortable and happy. Jerry her brother rounds up dogfood, puts it on a pallet, shrink wraps and delivers it to Bandstra. Bandstra delivers the food at a discount. We use a lot of food for these dogs – 4 20 kg bags is not unusual each day!
We have multiple Fundraiser people. Once an idea is presented volunteers flock forward to help make it happen,. Fundraising and donations are the backbone of Turtle Gardens. The Pet Shop Boys add a pet of the month in each of their newsletters.
Our veterinarians are the reason we do so very well. Burns Lake Veterinary Clinic goes above and beyond. They see just about every dog that come in here. They spay and neuter 200 dogs a year for TG. And do it with grace and compassion and a hefty discount. Without Dr Martin and Dr Kye we would not be able to run Turtle Gardens effectively. A very humble thank you. This year will also be the 25th year we have worked with Burns Lake.
Our specialty surgeries have been sent to Babine Pet Hospital. Dr Mike does beautiful work with ACL’s – and lately we have had quite a few. Paevaa is coming back to TG – she needs ACL surgery too. Little Fancy is going in this week for a complete blood panel to assess her health and then she will be spayed at Babine. Vicky is my local small dog foster. She has a small network of foster homes for small dogs. She takes them in to be vetted at Bulkley Valley and Babine. It certainly makes my job easier and more efficient. We doubled the numbers of small dogs coming in.
A special thank you to Dr Ubi of Cambie Animal Hospital. He takes care of all of our fosters in Vancouver. And Prince George Animal Hospital – they take care of our prison program dogs. Without our network of veterinarians again we would not excel at what we do.
I am sure that I have forgotten someone. Some of our supporters I don’t even know! To everyone who helps us help the dogs I and David THANK YOU.
It takes a village to raise a child but here at Turtle Gardens – it takes a province to raise good dogs. Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters. Without you we would be nothing. 2013 has all the hallmarks of a great year – together we will succeed. I am no longer alone.
A picture for you my dogs at my feet;