Beth Pattee and Shannon Delgado, co-founders of WhatCanWe.org, share a lifelong passion for animals. Having cared for numerous pets and volunteered with community rescue organizations they developed a deep appreciation for the role animals play in all people’s lives. They saw first-hand how animals and our communities benefit from all the dedicated rescue organizations that serve homeless animal populations and work diligently to place them in forever homes.
In February 2012 Christopher Myers, a valued volunteer at L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue and close family friend of WhatCanWe.org co-founders Beth Pattee and Shannon Delgado, passed away after a tragic auto accident. In the wake of this tragedy, many people impacted by the profound example of altruism this young man had demonstrated with his three years of compassionate volunteering felt the need to do something in his honor, and repeatedly asked…
Beth and Shannon identified a substantial void that hampers the efforts of virtually every licensed, nonprofit rescue. It's a challenge that often puts the rescue organization’s survival at risk and gravely impacts their ability to save more animals.
The fact is that more than 50% of most rescues’ operating budgets are depleted by the staggering cost of providing desperately needed veterinary procedures.
This fact alone helped answer the question, and WhatCanWe.org was founded with a mission to raise funds and awareness in order to assist licensed, nonprofit animal rescues with veterinary care.
A Lifelong Passion
“What can we do?”
WhatCanWe raises awareness and brings in collaborative resources to assist animal rescues in alleviating the stress and expenses involved on the administrative side of remaining viable. By relieving rescues of this burden, we can help them remain sustainable and continue focusing on saving millions more animals from euthanasia in shelters