Today, every 1.5 seconds a homeless animal’s life is terminated in a shelter. That’s 40 animals every minute and nearly 2,400 animals each hour. Fortunately, there is an army of benevolent rescue organizations that are on the front lines battling every day in an effort to positively change these numbers
The challenge these rescues face is the exorbitant cost of medical care for these abandoned animals in addition to overhead. In fact, these expenses drain more than 50% of a rescue’s operating budget. This covers a diverse range of medical problems that occur before an animal is rescued and all of the public outreach and education
Since most of these rescues rely solely on limited resources, compassionate community volunteers, and charitable donations, these costs have a staggering impact on a rescue’s ability to save more animals in need. According to Robert Ferber, Senior Trial Attorney, Animal Abuse Prosecution Team, L.A. City Attorney’s Office, who deals with policy, legislation, and outreach:
WhatCanWe.org is determined to change this situation by creating and implementing meaningful, easily replicated fundraising projects for licensed animal rescues, individuals, and groups within communities. These innovative fundraisers and programs have started on a local level and will be duplicated across the United States for the benefit of animal rescues.
In addition, WhatCanWe.org has a number of concepts under development as well as the following gratis resources which they make available to licensed 501c3 animal rescue organizations
Projects underway include:
Our Kitchen Rescues Project (link)
Tails Book Project
Collaborative community fundraising
Expert assistance setting up major sustainable donor trusts and programs
Marketing support for innovative online communication and fundraising
Expert veterinary cost cutting measures and insights
Accounting insights, guidance and support as well high level business administrative input, links and contracts
Ultimately, WhatCanWe.org intends to be cooperative component in the creation of a nonprofit teaching veterinary clinic that offers low or no-cost veterinary care to licensed, nonprofit rescues and animals in crises. To support this goal, we are hosting a wide variety of special events and programs, and developing relationships with sustaining partners.