A Hidden Gem Dusted Off and Unveiled
What could this hidden Gem be? Free Dog has always had an emergency fund for our members, and it has helped many over the years. The fund has assisted long term members who have lost a job and feared they would lose their membership keep their dog enrolled. It has helped those who felt they needed to choose between a critical test or procedure and their membership. It has helped front a costly medical procedure that would otherwise bring financial hardship on a family. It has been used to help save member’s lives. Last year it was used to help cover the cost of caring and training an abandoned dog named King so we could help him find and be successful in his new forever home. Today the remaining funds are being used to help care for a member’s dog who has been with us for over nine months. One of our very first members was in a serious car accident and her young, newly rescued dog and beautiful kitty needed our help. Our sitters visited and cared for her cat, and we took in her dog Brody. Unfortunately, our friend is not able to care for her pets, so we used the funds to ready the kitty for a forever home, and to help cover some of the expense of caring for Brody while we help him find a new forever family.
How does the fund get replenished? We have a raffle where each ticket costs $1.00, and the last Friday of every month a winning ticket is drawn for a free day of Daycare. We hope to build the fund back up so that if an emergency happens, we are in the position of help our extended family members. Each year, if the funds are not needed, which would be fantastic news because it means all is well in our extended family, then we will take a portion of the money and give it to charity or set it aside to assist a non-member.
Over the next six months, we will examine if and how we may expand the emergency fund to the regular walking clients and our boarding "frequent flyers." So, if you’d like to win a Free Day of Daycare and contribute to a great cause or two, get a Raffle ticket when you’re dropping off or picking up your dog from Daycare.