Welcome to our Safe Haven Year End Review for 2017!!
Build A Rescue Kennel, Inc. (B.A.R.K.) is the 501.c3 organization devoted to the care, socialization and training of at-risk dogs. Safe Haven Rescue Kennel (Safe Haven) is the facility devoted to each dog as an individual, focusing on a peaceful healthy environment for them.
We are happy to report that all of our 2016 targets were met and exceeded expectations! We are delighted to share with you the significant accomplishments we provided the dogs in 2017 and cannot say enough about the people, businesses, community and foundations who advocate for the homeless animals in need day after day. Whether you volunteer, donate money, products or simply spread good information about us, your help is more valuable than you know.
Safe Haven includes both temporary and permanent resident dogs. This year we cared for a total of 38 dogs. Although our overall new intake numbers continue to decline, we have increased our intake of new dogs to same-year-adoption from 33% to 69%. This year we saved 16 dogs, had 2 deaths, placed 10 dogs and ended the year with 26 dogs; 12 project (feral or not bonded) dogs; 8 sanctuary/senior dogs; 6 adoptable dogs.
We were so encouraged and inspired this year in receiving such generous support though out the year in providing the Safe Haven dog’s lifesaving care and higher quality of living. A very special thank you to the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, Maddie’s Fund, The Binky Foundation, Sager Family, PetFinder’s Foundation, and the Paws For Love Foundation! These special partners allowed Safe Haven dogs to receive the quality of life we strive to give them to thrive.
We are so thrilled for our long term Safe Haven dogs! We accomplished what we set out to do – provide a cottage for Rosie/Dusty and Nubia/Phoenix and a pergola for the Gabbs dogs. Safe Haven facility now includes eight cottages, two pergolas, privacy fencing for the front dog enclosures and roofs for the two indoor/outdoor kennel runs.
We stayed true to our focus and sometimes we just provide a place for a wounded spirit to reawaken. Safe Haven ended the year with 20 long term dogs that are either not bonded to people or have behavioral or medical conditions which require lifetime veterinary care. With the support of two generous Wal-Mart Community grants, we established a dedicated medical fund for them! This dedicated senior fund allows us to save more dogs that are at-risk, by helping off set the long term medical needs our seniors require.
We delivered on our outreach program! We focused around community awareness and the work we do. Safe Haven business partners offer invaluable support to help us reach the community with fundraising efforts and donations and goodwill. We would like to especially thank The Bakery Gallery and Max’s Pet Supplies in support of Safe Haven dogs! Our large community engagements this year included working with the local animal welfare groups on community activities (Yerington Earth Day Fair, Car Show) and advocating the need for spay and neuter. We also established regular column in the local newspaper with an educational piece.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us accomplish so much this year. Through each of our successes this year, we also took note of ways we could do better in the future. As we prepare for 2018 we will focus on growing our dedicated senior support fund and property beautification projects. More importantly, we want to keep the momentum of improving our ‘current year rescue to adoption rate’.
We are expecting 2018 to be one of celebration. Build A Rescue Kennel, Inc (Safe Haven Rescue’s 501.c3) will be celebrating ten years of rescuing dogs in need. We hope to celebrate with an open-house in the spring and start planning for building and offering a special housing area (cottage 6 and 7) ideally designed as a separate private area for new intake dogs or mothers with puppies.
In closing, we would never be able to accomplish what we do without the dedication and support of many passionate volunteers, student interns, generous donors, and supportive partner organizations. Thank you, thank you, thank you, all!
Wishing you the best for a happy and healthy new year,
Kris Brown, Director