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Animal Kind International: Our Supporters! Thank you!!

Thank you to Sharon, Mikki, first Unitarian Animal Advocates, and everyone who joined us last night for the AKI benefit potluck! We had great food, great company, great fun, and we raised some money for AKI partner organizations! 

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Sharon wanted to pay tribute to her brother, Bill Hall, who she describes as, "a very special guy, who so loved his dogs and cats, all of whom were rescues." For some time, Sharon had been looking for a way that her brother's memory and wishes could live on.

 After learning about AKI and our partner organizations, Sharon decided to make a donation in Bill's memory because she felt that Bill would have appreciated the "worthy efforts of AKI's partner organizations." 

Sharon's donation to AKI on Bill's birthday, July 4th, will be used by AKI partner organizations to improve the lives of dogs and cats. Thank you, Sharon!

Thank you so much to Rouge Valley Veterinary Hospital in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. RVVH held holiday fundraisers for AKI, click on the photos to the right for a larger image.

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Hello! Our family recently traveled to Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina, where my nine-year-old daughter, Natalie, felt a special kinship with the cats. She also noticed that many were malnourished with visible fleas or other skin ailments. Upon our return to the United States, Natalie decided to send all of her savings to help the Bosnian cats.

She also held a bake sale to collect even more money. This morning we sent her total ($164.00 USD) to Animal-Kind International. We appreciate all you are doing to care for these cats and would love to hear any updates about your foundation. Sincerely, Greg, Nancy and Natalie, Washington, DC, USA

Awesome African Wildlife

Sarah Clark Powdermaker, AKI supporter & a big fan of Africa and its wildlife, passed away recently. To honor her memory, her husband Mark donated three copies of the book she wrote to AKI. Awesome African Wildlife is a unique collection of poems, information, and paintings of 50 species of Africa's wildlife. The stories are beautifully presented, and the book is a joy to browse and read. We will award a book to each of the top three donors--individuals or groups. For being AKI's longest sustaining monthly donor, Kelly received Awesome African Wildlife.

Kelly!

Animal welfare volunteers often feel pretty battered from dealing with animal issues day after day. But when Beckie decided to volunteer to raise funds for AKI and the Uganda SPCA, she really got battered! Beckie entered the Spartan Race Cambridge (UK) 2012, in which each person runs 5k, with 15 obstacles to overcome, including a couple of 150m barbed wire crawls, tyre lift up a hill, mud, water, fire, long dark tunnels, balance beams, high walls to get over, ice pit and electric shocks.

Supporter Beckie told AKI that she managed to get an electric shock to the head, but other than that only a few bruises! But it was all for a good cause--to raise money for the Uganda SPCA's shelter, the Haven.

Beckie decided to raise funds for the USPCA after volunteering there earlier in 2012. After searching for somewhere to volunteer online, Beckie found the USPCA on the AKI website. Beckie was there for around 2 weeks. She told us, "I love Uganda and the staff at the shelter were great.

During the race

Beckie's Spartan Race team of 4 (Beckie's friend, Beckie, friend's mum, and Beckie's dad)

Tebbe and Beckie at the USPCA Haven

There were so many lovely dogs needing homes, and I was determined not to take any home, just help them, but then Tebbe latched onto me, following me to every corner of the shelter and after i named him, he responded to his name very quickly. I could call his name and he would come running! So i gave in and said I would take him home!"

Supporter Zina

Supporter Zina volunteered at the Uganda SPCA's Haven for five weeks and was hooked! She continues to go back to Uganda to visit and volunteer at the Haven, and when she does, she carries boxes of supplies. Zina started the 2-4 Life Project to raise funds to help the USPCA purchase land to build a larger sanctuary.

The USPCA envisions buying a plot of land to build a shelter with space for dogs to get exercise; they envision a shelter with plenty of safe areas for cats to rest....and to just be cats! The USPCA would like to have a sanctuary that is fun for tourists and locals alike to visit, where volunteers can spend time exercising the dogs, and where potential adopters can visit and get to know the dogs and cats. The sanctuary would serve an educational function also. Schoolchildren could visit and learn about kindness to animals. In Zina's words:

While spending five weeks volunteering at the Haven, and also at a home for orphaned children, I witnessed firsthand the impossible odds both face, I discovered that these two groups could actually help each other. One day after spending time with both the puppies and the orphans. I had an epiphany! It suddenly seemed so obvious to me that the puppies and the children could actually help each other by sharing their lives. So, we set up a date to take a few of the pups to the children's shelter. What an amazing day for all, most of the children had never seen a dog, much less touched one. A little bit of instruction on how to approach, touch and care for a dog served to bridge the gap of the children's initial fear. Throughout this fantastic day there were many questions, lots of petting, tons of smiles, and of course. lots of tail wagging!

If the USPCA vision becomes reality, a day like that would happen every day in Uganda! Funds donated to AKI that are designated for the USPCA land purchase fund are held in the AKI account until the USPCA has identified and is ready to purchase the land.

The Stop Injustice & Cruelty (SIC) Club in Long Island, New York contacted AKI because the club members were interested in raising money for an animal welfare charity. They chose AKI partner organization, Kingston Community Animal Welfare in Jamaica, run by Deborah Binns. Julia, the co-president of SIC, told us that, "Everyone in the club loves being involved in a place we donate to." The SIC Club was also happy to know that 100% of all the funds they send to AKI will be sent to KCAW; and as Julia told us, "they are happy to know that the amount they raise will go a long way." The first fundraiser was at Barnes & Noble on December 11. The club members stayed there all day and they offered to wrap people's books for contributions.

After the fundraiser ended, Julia sent this message: "hey! the fundraiser went great, a bunch of people stopped by and lots of them donated. we were able to raise 85 dollars for kcaw!"& THANK YOU JULIA AND SIC CLUB FOR THE GREAT WORK YOU DID IN SUPPORT OF ANIMALS IN KINGSTON, JAMAICA!

Read Patti Foy's Lightspirited Being blog about AKI. click here.

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Author Lawrence Lindner is an AKI supporter.  In his latest book with Nicholas Dodman, Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable, he used two AKI photos, and credited AKI, including our website, in the book.

Thank you Larry for getting the word out about AKI and our partner organizations! Watch the AKI website and our newsletters for more information on this challenge. The book would be a treasure for a city or school library to have in its collection--so challenge participants ....start planning your fundraising now!

Thank you very much Hartz Mountain Corporation for donating flea and tick collars for our groups in Armenia, Bosnia, Honduras, Jamaica, Namibia, and Uganda.  You've made many dogs more comfortable and much happier.  Take a look at some of the collars that Hartz so wonderfully donated to AKI. See below.

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In Bosnia, "we are using the collars for the strays!"  In Honduras, Pilar is using the flea collars on her dogs at the Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras sanctuary. 

Supporter Myra sent a check to AKI to cover the cost of a freezer for Nune at the Save the Animals' shelter in Yerevan., Armenia. .

Before buying this freezer, Nune had to go to the shelter every day with many kilos of meat to feed the +200 dogs. She couldn't buy meat at the best price--she was at the mercy of those selling it. Now she can store meat, and when she goes to the shelter she can enjoy her time with the dogs instead of lugging food from taxi to kitchen several times over!

Myra heard about Nune's need, and jumped right in to help. AKI supporters are the BEST!

Supporter Sarah, who lives in the state of Washington, USA, is one of AKI's first and most dedicated supporters.Because of Sarah, Hope at the Uganda SPCA Haven has a wheelchair. And because of Sarah, Hope's story will be immortalized in a children's book.

Sarah has written about Hope's life, and copies of the book will be provided to schoolchildren in Uganda, while others will be sold with profits donated to the Uganda SPCA (the photo shows Sarah interviewing, Jukko, Hope's "guardian angel.")

Through AKI, Supporter Nicole was linked to the Uganda SPCA and has become a regular supporter.

This summer of 2010, while on safari with her father, Nicole visited the USPCA's shelter, the Haven, and brought gifts for the shelter pets. But Nicole didn't only make this one-time stop at the Haven, she encouraged her tour operator to bring other tourists to the USPCA. In October 2010, the Haven will be receiving their first African Jungle Safari tourists, an Australian couple.

Tourists will not only have a chance to visit the Haven, they can also donate to the Uganda SPCA, and even if they don't have time to visit the shelter, African Jungle Safaris will accept donations from their clients on behalf of the USPCA. Not only has Nicole partnered with the Uganda SPCA, she has encouraged others to partner --all for the benefit of the USPCA and the dogs and cats of Uganda. See African Jungle Safaris when you plan to visit.

Before leaving for fall semester 2010, Nova delivered two boxes of veterinary supplies to AKI.

In the 2nd picture, Nova donated two huge garbage bags of supplies (Sept 2013)!

Supporter Nova has been donating supplies to AKI since she was a vet student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Now that she's a vet, back in Albuquerque, and working at a clinic outside the city, she still collects donated medicines and other supplies for AKI!

Supporter Victoria, a British Airways flight attendant, who brings food and other dog and cats supplies for Deborah/Kingston Community Animal Welfare whenever she flies into Kingston, is now hoping to help AKI by running as well as flying! Victoria tells us: I have just entered into a marathon for April 10th next year. It is 26.2 miles!! And I want Animal-Kind International to be the charity I raise money for. Training is going well. Have got myself a very good pair of trainers, which I am sure I will be needing! I was going to ask a friend to help me set up an account on fb so people can sponsor me on there. I will keep you posted about my training!! I have been keeping a close eye on the website, it is looking fantastic!

We at AKI will keep you posted about Victoria's efforts to run a marathon.

Supporter Juan is originally from from Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico, and came to the US in 1976. He now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Juan first heard about AKI when he picked up our brochure at an Earth Day event. It's easy to understand his interest in AKI once you know some of Juan's story.

Juan told us that when he was young, his family in Chihuahua always had pets. But one of his fondest memories is of the neighborhood dog, Oso. When the kids went out to play each day, Oso went with them. Oso followed the kids around, he cared for them, he watched over them. Juan and his friends felt safe with Oso around, and he was a lot of fun too! When the kids went home, Oso went back to his own home too. Oso belonged to the community, and the community watched out for Oso. Juan tells us that there were always dogs in the neighborhood. It was a close community, and when someone was asked to watch the kids in a family, it was just expected that they'd also take care of that family's pets.

Juan's family had their own dog, a little dachshund. "In my family, we all came together because of that puppy. We all worked together to make sure he had food and shelter." Juan's family also had chickens and rabbits, and they shared the care of those animals too.

Now, as an adult, Juan still finds that pets bring people together. He and his wife Lily have two dogs, Princess and Chiquita. Chiquita (pictured with Juan) has diabetes and is blind. Together, Lily and Juan provide for their dogs, and this has brought husband and wife closer together. Juan believes that "pets sense how we are in our spirit and they are protective of us. It's like you have your own little guardian angel."

When Juan read about Victoria's intention to run a marathon and collect funds to benefit AKI, he was inspired to also do something for AKI. Juan is going to train for a 10 k and raise money for AKI. Juan tells us that he is an AKI supporter because AKI is helping animal welfare organizations in poor countries that may not be able to continue without AKI support. Juan knows that in poor countries, having a role model who encourages kindness to animals can mean the difference between someone who grows up and protects animals and someone who grows up and is indifferent, or even cruel to animals.

Kelsey and AKI hope that others will follow her lead and request donations to AKI for their birthdays!

Supporter Kelsey Van Dyke of Rockville, Maryland created a birthday wish on Facebook requesting donations to AKI, in hopes it would inspire people to not only donate but also learn more about animal welfare in less developed countries. Kelsey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies, with a secondary major in Spanish Language & Literature, from the University of Maryland in 2008.

After nearly two years of working in educational research and evaluation for a DC area federal contractor, Kelsey decided to pursue her dream of becoming a social worker and will be attending the University of Maryland School of Social Work to begin working toward her MSW in fall 2010. She is pictured here with her dog Ellie.

You can still donate in honor of Kelsey's birthday: go to "Help Support AKI" and donate $24 with a note that your donation is in honor of Kelsey.

Thank you very much to Ellie and the SIC Club for raising $500 for AKI.  Ellie and her friends are heading off to college this fall, but we hope they won't forget AKI; we won't forget them!

Supporter Ellie at Ward Melville High School in Setauket, Long Island, New York tells us her club, Stop Injustice and Cruelty, is working hard to raise money for Animal-Kind International. She sent us the following message:
Sorry this took so long! I have been very busy. SIC (Stop Injustice and Cruelty) has been working very hard this year to send money to Animal- Kind International. So far, we have done a "Helping Hands" fundraiser. We set up huge pieces of paper and a ton of paint. For one dollar, each student would dip their hand in paint and put their hand on the wall. For Thanksgiving, the hands were in the shape of turkeys. This was a hit and many kids were lining up to get their hands dirty. We are planning many more events in the future like movie nights for children featuring movies like Madagascar and Finding Nemo. We are very interested in your organization and can't wait until we can send the checks!

Supporter Nicole from Toronto held a garage sale to raise money for Animal-Kind International. She received donations from friends and family, and buyers were really happy to know the money was going to AKI. She requested that the $320 she raised from the sale be split between Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras and Jamaica's Community Animal Welfare. For Deborah in Jamaica, $160 will cover about 2 weeks of dog and cat food for low income families with pets and for street dogs and cats; for Pilar in Honduras, $160 will pay for spaying five dogs. Nicole tells us that she "loves all the new updates and the adoptable dogs are fantastic! It shows me what's going on right now and I love to see what I am donating to." A link to Nicole's blog is on our "About AKI" page.

Supporter Miles in Santa Fe read the article about AKI in the Santa Fe New Mexican and checked us out online.  When he saw April, the AKI featured pet, he knew he wanted to help her.  He requested that instead of holiday gifts, donations should be sent to AKI to help with Pilar's care of April.  Miles recently let us know that he hopes to also raise funds for Pilar's other sanctuary pets.

WE ARE SO SAD TO REPORT THAT APRIL DIED ON 2 MAY. SHE HAD BEEN VOMITING DURING THE DAY, AND WHEN PILAR GOT UP TO CHECK ON HER AT 2 AM, SHE HAD DIED. PILAR TELLS US, "SHE WAS SUCH A SWEET, LOVABLE, HAPPY SOUL. SHE LOVED HER FOOD AND LOVED ALL PEOPLE.  SHE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE RIGHT NEXT TO ME OR WHOEVER WAS HERE. I WILL MISS HER. SHE WAS HERE 8 MONTHS."