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Message from the Founder: Hiatus
When I adopted a tiny paralyzed French bulldog named Dora back in March 2014, I had no idea the movement she would start. I was a severe needs Special Ed teacher and my heart was helping those who needed it the most. Dora connected me to the French bulldog world. I had been a vet tech for six years before I was a teacher and I found myself able and willing to help other Frenchies in need. Soon, I was receiving calls in regards to Frenchies being given up because of their disabilities. I organized and began Rocky Mountain French Bulldog Rescue.
In less than five years, the rescue has grown exponentially. My family helped and I began to get more volunteers. Today, we have over 11,300 followers on Facebook. With all our social media, email lists, volunteers, etc. we have over 15,000 people who follow us. We have rescued and adopted out over 300 dogs. Because rescues know my heart is disabilities, RMFBR has had some of the most medically needy dogs transferred in from other rescues around the country – from some of the very biggest French bulldog rescues. We are now being contacted by mill owners to take on their retired breeders. RMFBR has never sought out dogs, we have never been to an auction, we don’t pay for the dogs. They find us in their time of need. And we have never said no.
We had to say no this week. I cried as I did.
We received an owner surrender that desperately needed severe help. He was half the weight he should have been. He was showing obvious neurological deficits. But our bank account was empty. Our credit was maxed. I got the dog to the ER and called another rescue for help. Their team is working to save him.
I decided we need to get back on track. That was two days ago. We have turned down an additional two dogs – one with IVDD and one with dog aggression. Crying, I gave them the numbers to other rescues. Other rescues are being stretched thin as well now. Other rescues have already declined the IVDD dog.
But we cannot help him.
There is no money.
Rocky Mountain French Bulldog Rescue must take a hiatus from incoming dogs. We need to re-organize. We grew so big and so fast, we were not prepared. Denver area and the popularity of French bulldogs grew so big so fast, we were not prepared.
We will be taking one month off from intakes. Please continue reading this newsletter to find out what we will be working on during that time.
It comes down to money. That hurts to write and if we were rich, it wouldn’t matter. But we are not.
RMFBR will be and has been writing multiple grants. Our budget is easing closer and closer to $125k/year – double from last year. Last month, we received $3200 in donations. That is almost $90,000 short to save the dogs who need saving.
By September 1st, we need $25,000 plus donations pledged of $10,000 per month. This is actually easy with your help. That’s 400 people signing up to donate $25 per month. Or 1,000 people at $10. Or even 2,000 people at $5. The trick is getting the word out. With over 15,000 people knowing and loving RMFBR, it should be easy to find 13% willing to donate $5 a month.
If we do not figure this out by September 1st, we will need to close the doors. We are not doing anyone any good by not being able to afford medical care. Can you – will you – help us keep saving lives?
To sign up for monthly donations: bit.ly/saveafrenchie
For one time donations for medical needs, see Captain’s Legacy: bit.ly/CaptainsStory
Fundraisers to help RMFBR:
Is your dog a star? Do they believe to be the Dog of the Month? Hurry and sign up for the first RMFBR calendar! https://www.facebook.com/events/451718732047080/
Saving French Bulldogs One Auction at a Time Facebook page will be setting up a special auction for RMFBR. It will start around August 16. Please RSVP to the event Saving RMFBR Auction in order to receive further information as the event is scheduled. https://www.facebook.com/events/355063535428528/?ti=icl
All items in the boutique are on clearance sale. For the month of August, there will be free shipping. This is an amazing way to help RMFBR and also get some great items. The quilts are amazing and made to order in the colors YOU want!
Don’t forget to sign up for RMFBR through Amazon Smile and Amazon will donate to us every month! EIN 47-2430608
Did you know you can also help us through eBay? Again, find us with our EIN 47-2430608 or by Rocky Mountain French Bulldog Rescue. (This will be set up by August 5.)
So many employers are matching donations! Ask yours how. You will need EIN 47-2430608.