BCSP Report – Week 15

Bollinger County Stray Project Report April 11-17

Our tax report is complete thanks to our Treasurer Sheila Teeters. Sheila is retiring her position to spend more time with her frail elderly father from Sikeston. We love Sheila and want her to know how much we have appreciated her volunteer service the past three years.

2015 BCSP Financials

 Income $64,398

  • $41,398 Donations from Individuals, Businesses and Adoption Fees
  • $23,000 Grant Money from Sidewalk Angels Foundation and Petfinder Foundation

Expenses $64,974

  • $52,964  Veterinarian Bills  (We are so blessed to have our Partner Veterinarians who offer us discounting and lots of free services and supplies.  Bollinger County Veterinary Service, Helping Hands Veterinary Clinic, and Tilsit Road Animal Clinic.   We are eternally grateful for those businesses’ support.)
  • $7,812 Supplies (Medical needs, dog food, pails, shampoo, equipment)
  • $3,000 Building Improvement (Thanks to a grant from Petfinder Foundation)
  • $1,198 Adoption Spay/Neuter Refunds, State License Fee, Bank Fee, Adoption Fee Refund for 1 Returned Dog

Thanks to the generosity of so many, every year our income has been almost equal to our expenses.  Thank you!

2015 BCSP Accomplishments 

  • Intake of 278 animals:
    • 247 dogs and puppies  (103 adopted through BCSP)
    • 31 kittens and adult cats (3 adopted through BCSP for which an adoption fee was paid)
  • Treated many Heartworm-positive dogs and special needs cases
  • Financial assistance for spay of 242 dogs/cats using Sidewalk Angels Foundation Grant
    • Help low-income families spay their cats and dogs
    • Assisted families who were between jobs, elderly, military families, and families who had multiple pets where the situation was out of control
    • Partial financial assistance of spay for 52 dogs  ($50 to $90 depending on the size of the dog)
    • Helped with the spay costs of 190 cats, some being feral
    • We assisted with an additional $10 for Rabies shots for almost all the grant approved pets
  • Transferred ownership of a large number of pups and a few adult dogs to other rescues. Most of the canines went to Wright-Way Rescue in Murphysboro Illinois (health certificate in tow, assuring they have been checked for contagious diseases and are healthy enough to travel).
  • Many young kittens were saved from heavy worm infestation, respiratory illnesses, heavy flea infestation, starvation, and serious injuries.  Most were given away after the Stray Project paid $50 to $100 of vetting for each of them.  We don’t have a good rescue resource to take kittens or cats.
  • Of the total 278 intakes, we euthanized 14 dogs and 4 cats. They totaled 6.5% of the overall intake of animals. We euthanize severely injured pets with broken backs, severe head injuries, or that come to us dying, as well as most Parvo cases and all feline leukemia cats. We also euthanize human aggressive animals and severe dog to dog aggressive canines.
  • Assisted with returning dogs with their owners through Facebook posts and articles in the local Banner Press newspaper

In summary, we took more animals in 2015 than 2014.  We had a lower euthanize number. We had higher transfer of ownership to other rescues.  We helped more cats in multiple ways.  We increased our grant assistance in spays, almost double what was assisted in 2014.  Our donations from private citizens were remarkable.

Our appreciation for those organizations, businesses, and individuals who helped us do a better job of servicing the pet community.  We are overwhelmed with gratitude.  Thank you for your support. Every adoption or donation dollar helps us make a difference!

Accepted strays and relinquished pets (Facebook FB)(6)

… Six: 3 feral pups, their mom and two Chihuahuas.

Adoptions, return to owner or placed in other rescues (1):

… Justice: male Beagle went to a Nebraska rescue thanks to Karen Barlow’s help

… Long coat kitty posted on FB returned in Glenn Allen

Cat calls:

… None

Dogs with Heartworm (HW), Ehrlichia, special needs, or that were euthanized:

… None.

Calls requesting assistance for dogs we did not admit:

… Male Bluetick Hound mix, subject of this week’s Pet of the Week.

… LOST late March: German Shepherd male, sable, Brownwood area

Miscellaneous and contact info:

We had 42 dogs and pups at our home 4/18/16.

Need help to find your pet? Do you have a stray camping out in the yard? Don’t wait, call us at 573-722-3035 or email photos at ace@clas. net.

We LOVE Buchheits! Donate a buck or more at the Jackson store for dog food and supplies when you shop. Also, Second Time Around in Marble Hill is taking donations for the Stray Project. Monetary donations are accepted at the Bollinger County Veterinary Service, Marble Hill Coop, Buchheits, and the MH Town and Country.

Stray Project monetary donations accepted at the Marble Hill Coop. We purchase de-wormer and other supplies at the Coop and donations are greatly appreciated.

Please be advised that the Bollinger County Stray Project is not the county or City of Marble Hill dog catcher. When you have a stray we try to help and can usually offer solutions. Patience is required of the caller towards our ability to find and implement a solution. I wish we had a magic wand but we don’t and can’t always help the callers in a manner they may demand of us. Remember, we are volunteers and help as time and space allows.

Offer a stray water on day one and food day two or three. Call if missing a dog or if you have a stray. We don’t always have room but we may have a solution to help you and the stray.

Dumping dogs is a form of abuse and against the law. Please report animal abuse or neglect.

Please do the following when your pets are expecting or caring for a litter: offer any pregnant dog small-breed-puppy-food the final 1-2 weeks before delivery and while the pups are nursing. Give those mothers all the food they want: bowls full all day and lots of fresh water available all day. Cats need kitten food. Free feed the higher calorie food during the nursing stage to help mom make milk and maintain her own body mass. Babies need to be de-wormed as young as 1-2 weeks, then every 7-10 days until age 10-weeks or older if in a confined environment with re-infestation concerns.

Thank you to the County Residents who have continued to support the Bollinger County Stray Project. 

Check out our available pets at Petfinder.  Call 573-722-3035 about our adoptable pets.

If you suspect an animal is being neglected or abused, call the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline, 314-647-4400 or 800-383-9835 or you can make a confidential report on line at Humane Society of Missouri.

To understand when an animal is being abused or neglected in the state of Missouri read the following link:http://asci.uvm.edu/equine/law/cruelty/mo_cruel.htm