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Prepared for
Mrs. Elizabeth Bowers,
Professor of Business Communication 139,
Golden West College

Prepared by
Trang T. Nguyen,
ID: C02230064

March 11, 2013
To:Elizabeth Bowers
From:Trang T. Nguyen ID: C02230064 TN
Date:March 11, 2013
Re:The Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation
Here is my report on saving animal cause that I chose. I chose this topic because I love animals and this topic would be an interesting one to do. In the process of writing this report, I have learned a lot from what I read and came across. Too many animals are born and abandoned by their owners every day, resulting in over-crowded shelters. When a shelter reaches its full capacity to house and support these animals, it has no choice but to euthanize some of its animals to create room for new ones to come.

This tragedy has made way for a new generation of shelter to rise: shelters that rescue animals from being euthanized in over-crowded shelters. This report will be discussing specifically about the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation and what it does to pursuit its cause. The key to save the animals rests not with the shelters, but with future pet owners. If shelters can encourage more people to adopt and take care of pets, shelters will not have to face the over-crowded issue by killing its own animals. Thank you for giving me the chance to work on this report. I enjoyed doing it. If you have any question or concern, you can always email me through my student email.

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Euthanasia in local shelters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Mission in Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Home of the Lost Animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Reaching the Impossible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Conclusions and Predictions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Works Cited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

1. Pie chart represents the percentage of 4.3 million animals that were kept in 1,000 shelters in 1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

The Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

Countless of dogs and cats are abandoned by their owners every year. They then become stray, homeless animals that have to struggle day by day to survive. Without the help from local shelters, they face a very high chance of dying on the street or become subjects of abuse from heartless people. Not all stray dogs and cats are lucky enough to come across an owner who is kind enough to take them in and take care of them. The ugly truth is that most of these abandoned animals will end up either starving to death or being run over by cars. For this reason, many selfless individuals have started their own non-profit organizations to help these stray animals by providing them food, care, and shelters.

As a matter of fact, the number of shelters being established cannot keep up with the numbers of dogs and cats being born and thrown away by their owners every day. These shelters then become overcrowded and they have to euthanize some of their animals to leave room for the others. This makes The Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation became an interesting non-profit organization, not because it adopts stray animals, but because it recuses dogs and cats from the danger of being killed in other animal shelters. Euthanasia in local shelters

Even though more and more shelters for animals are opened each year, these shelters still could keep up with the amount of puppies and kittens that are being born and abandoned every day. Since the number of dogs and cats went in, went out, and died in local shelters is not easy to pinpoint and compiled in a unified statistics throughout the nation, the latest statistics on these numbers was published in 1997 by the National Council (Animal Shelter Euthanasia). Based on this report, 4.3 million animals were kept in 1,000 shelters that responded to the survey, and 64 percent of the animals were possibly euthanized due to sickness, injury, and overcrowding (Animal Shelter Euthanasia). In fact, there were only 2 percent of cats and about 15 percent of dogs entered these shelters made their way back to their former owners. About 25 percent of lucky dogs and 24 percent of fortunate cats were adopted to their new families (Animal Shelter Euthanasia).

Many animal-loving individuals had responded to this dreadful situation by creating shelters that save animals from being killed in other overcrowded shelters (Animal Shelter Euthanasia). They also tried many ways to increase social awareness about animals’ cruelty and encourage people to adopt and take care of pets (Animal Shelter Euthanasia). The ultimate goal was to save as many dogs and cats from dying in shelters as possible. Thanks to the effort coming from many non-profit organizations similar to the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, more and more animals are able to make their way to their new loving homes. THE Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

Today, there are roughly about four millions dogs and cats that are euthanized every year in the United States (All about LDCRF). These poor animals were killed in shelters just because there was not enough room and support for every one of them and there was nowhere else for them to go (All about LDCRF). At first, the foundation was started with two restaurant owners who carry a love for animal. The restaurant took in lost dogs and took care of them until these dogs could find their own new homes (All about LDCRF). Gradually, the foundation grew into a place where it took in dogs that were at the edge of being euthanized in shelters and sought for animal-friendly families to adopt them (All about LDCRF).

Eventually, the contribution and dedication from Pamela McAlwee and Ross Underwood, the founders, had led to the creation of the Lost Dogs and Cat Rescue Foundation in 2001 (All about LDCRF). Following the establishment of the foundation was the opening of their first official animal rescue facility, the “Lost Dog Ranch,” in Sumerduck, Virginia (All about LDCRF). The Mission

“Rescues abandoned or displaced dogs and cats from the threat of euthanasia in over-crowded shelters or other at-risk situations and places them for adoption into loving homes” is the motto of the Lost Dogs and Cat Rescue Foundation (All about LDCRF). All dogs and cats being taken cared by the foundation will be spayed or neutered properly and received necessary vaccination before they are adopted to their new home (All about LDCRF). Staffed with dedicated and self-motivated volunteers, this foundation exists to bring care and hope to those miserable animals that are about to be erased from this earth. The Mission in Action

The current President and Vice President of the foundation are Marcia Tiersky and Paul Blumberg (Board of Directors). They are in charge of the Board of Directors where most of the important decisions and strategies might be made to rescue the animals. This non-profit organization gathers funds for its operating expense through, donations, fundraising events, and capitalizing on government grants (Volunteer). The funds will then be used to buy animal foods, to purchase toys, and to cover the cost of running the Lost Dog and Cat Ranch in Sumerduck. Animals will be kept and raised at the ranch until their new owners decide to take them home (Volunteer). Volunteers who signed up will be given tasks that they feel comfortable of doing among these fields: – Handling dogs and cats at adoption events.

– Fostering dogs and cats before they are ready for adoption. – Driving pets from the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch to the adoption events. – Taking part in fundraising events.
– Writing paper for government grants (Volunteer).

On a weekly basis, a group of volunteers will assemble to run eight of the adoption events at Petsmart and Petco stores in the Metro-DC area (All about LDCRF). Prior to adoption, all animals will be spayed or neutered (Volunteer). They will also get injected with up-to-date vaccines to make sure that nothing bad will happen to them and their new owners (Volunteer). Home of the Lost Animals

The Lost Dog and Cat Ranch is a beautiful place located in Sumerduck, Virginia (Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!). It was built on a 61 acres ground, with plenty of fresh air and a supportive community of animal lovers (Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!). This could even be called a heaven on earth for the dogs and cats. The ranch has everything it needs to lead these pretty little animals to a brighter future in the care of new loving owners (Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!). It plays an important role in preparing these buddies for their future adoption and provides the right environment for these little beings’ development in the mean while. For most dogs, these guys get to be housed together their fellow friends, so being lonely is not a problem; they always have a companion to play with (Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!). In some cases, unfriendly dogs that do not get along well with others are kept in private kennels with extra toys to make sure they do not feel trapped inside of their own home (Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!).

These dogs get to walk with the staff in their outdoor sessions (Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!). All the kennels have air-conditioner and heater to ensure comfort for these little guys regardless of outside temperature (Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!). The best part about being in this heaven on earth is that everyone will have access to lots of food and comfy beds (Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!). These guys favorite time of the day probably is the trip to the fenced playground where they can freely doing whatever they enjoy doing, such as rolling in the grass, chasing objects, wrestling with friends, and sniffing the ground (Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!). The balanced routine between resting and having fun is how these animals stay healthy both physically and mentally. Cats live in the ranch have a heaven for themselves too.

They are raised in a cage-free environment, but they always have their own private little homes to cuddle up if they want to (Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!). Cat house is packed with many types of cat furniture, pretty toys, warm blankets, and plenty of beds. It could be said that they are pretty much living a luxury live (Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!). When the cats are bored, they can just walk by the screened porch and taunt the dogs from the other side while enjoying fresh air at the same time (Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!). This nice and peaceful live is what every animals wish for. The ranch acts as a transitioning place for the dogs and cats while they wait for the trips to adoption events or having a nice owner come and pick them up. It has helped the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation save over 15,000 dogs and cats from the risk of dying and put them in new, caring home since 2001 (Czop). Without the help from many selfless volunteers and donation from many animal lovers around the nation, this could never happen. Reaching the impossible

It is easy for people to say that we should not kill animals, but they have no idea how hard shelters are struggle to feed and care for unwanted animals. These animals could have been thrown away by their owners because they have “outlived their cuteness” (Interlandi). Even after these animals have gone into shelters, no others pet owner want to take them home simply because they are not cute or pretty enough to take home (Interlandi). As a result, they have to be killed in the end because they just have nowhere else to go and shelters cannot afford to keep them alive forever. Some justify euthanizing as way to save animals from living a tortured life (Interlandi). Other dogs and cats that could never be adopted due to their old age, sickness, aggressiveness, or others problems are also at risk of being euthanized by shelter staffs (Interlandi). It is understandable that these shelters need rooms for other potential animals that could be adopted by future owners.

Yet, more than 80 percent out of 4 million animals that are euthanized in shelters every year are healthy (Interlandi). It leads people to believe that it is impossible to have no-kill shelters because the number of abandoned animals is much greater than the number of people that are willing to adopt them. However, I think no-kill shelters are possible with the right media exposure to public and raise people’s demand for animals. Organizations similar to the Lost Dog and Cat Foundation have helped to take the initial steps to the greater cause: To save as much animals from the danger of being euthanized in shelters as possible. After all, these little being are our friends. They are the most loyal friends we could ever have. They bring us joy and always are there for us even when the whole world turns its back against us. If there is something we could do to return the favor, it is to save as much of our friends from dying in shelters as possible. I believe with the right push in media exposure about lovely these little guys are, lots of people will be more excited to take them home.

That way, shelter will not have to kill any more of its animals. In fact, according to an executive director of the Nevada Humane Society, when her place aimed for “no-kill” policy for the first time in 2007, the shelter was able to save about 90 percent of the 8,000 animals that were in their care (Interlandi). The reason why this could happened was because it had gathered a large force of volunteer to extend its open hours so people could come and adopt animals after work (Interlandi). The shelter also engaged in many media outreach to raise public attention in adopting ownerless animals (Interlandi). This shows that minimizing killing in shelter is completely possible. Even though only a few shelters had carried “no-kill” policy into action, it could start a domino effect that lead to a wide-spread idea of “no-kill shelters.” The future of homeless animals just keeps getting better. ConclusionS AND PREDICTIONS

Euthanasia in shelters is often the final method that shelters use to get rid of animals that have no chance of being adopted and to free the space for new comers. As heart wrenching as this could be, many shelters have no choice but to euthanize its animals to due budget and space issue. Many advocates who are against euthanasia in shelters have come together and created many non-profit organizations to rescue animals from being terminated in over-crowded shelters and help them find their ways into new homes. The ultimate goal was to minimizing killing animals in shelters as possible. The best way to lift the burden of supporting homeless animals on the shelters’ shoulder is to have more people willing to become pet owners.

This could be done by changing people’s perspective about animals through social media. If more people come to believe that taking care of pets is actually fun and meaningful, there will be less abandoned dogs and cats wandering on the streets. With today technology, I predict that the media can have great influence on people who are exposed to it and that people will be more willing to adopt pets in shelters in the future. The Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation has not only saved many animals’ lives, but also fulfilled its part in making the cause of saving animals more possible each day.

“All about LDCRF.” Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Mar. 2013. . “Animal Shelter Euthanasia.” American Humane Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Mar. 2013. .
“Board of Directors.” Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Mar. 2013. .
Czop, Lisa M. “Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Expands Area Adoption Events in 2011.” Alexandria. N.p., 29 Dec. 2010. Web. 8 Mar. 2013. .
Interlandi, Jeneen. “PETA and Euthanasia.” The Daily Beast. N.p., 27 Apr. 2008. Web. 8 Mar. 2013. .
“Volunteer.” Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Mar. 2013. .
“Welcome to the Lost Dog & Cat Ranch!.” Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Mar. 2013. .

Trang Nguyen C02230064
List of websites used:

http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/stop-animal-abuse/fact-sheets/animal-shelter-euthanasia.html (Animal Shelter Euthanasia)

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