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Margaret Coffman March 2013
Dogs and cats are being put to death in record numbers. The general public may think it's easy to find a qualified home to adopt a dog or cat. Adoptions are not as thriving as one might think. The public might forget that there is a pet over-population crisis. To put it more bluntly, there are more dogs and cats available for adoption than there are people to adopt them. The reason for that is that so many pet owners fail to spay or neuter their dogs and cats. There is a grave misconception when parent's think their children need to witness kittens and puppies being born. Parents need to consider the flip side, puppies and kittens that end up being killed because of the lack of homes to adopt them. For kittens, this is especially true during kitten season. We need your help to break the cycle.
Love Your Cat?
Margaret Coffman February 2013
if you truly love your cat, you will keep it indoors at all times. Your cat isn't missing anything by not going outdoors. Your cat can experience all the fun in the sun through an indoor window seat and through simply purchasing some play grass at your local pet retailer for them to nibble on.
Your outdoor cat eventually will become a victim of coyote, an automobile, a dog, or even another feral cat. There seems to be a misconception that cats belong outdoors. Some pet owners also believe it's cruel to keep them indoors. The average life expectancy for an indoor/outdoor cat is approximately 18 mos. Are you willing to take that risk? Those of us in the neighborhood will tell you that we would rather not find pieces of your cats remains in our yard or see your dead cat lying in the street after having been tragically hit by a speeding car! We don't want to see your sweet cat being chased by a dog, or watch it in trying to avoid a speeding automobile. We don't want to hear and see it being beat up by another cat. You may not be aware of what's going on because you are unaware of what your cat is experiencing. And when your cat doesn't' return home, please don't think it ran away. Cats don't run away.
Our Tenth Anniversary
Margaret Coffman March 2013
Ten years ago, a group of courageous individuals came together with the idea of making a difference in the lives of the many dogs and cats that were being euthanized in the City of Upland. Fearlessly determined and undaunted by the political factors, hard work and dedication they would face, this group of volunteers set out to to affect change. They worked together to get through the volumes of paperwork and documentation needed to become a 501c3. After many, many months of working on the process, they hosted a yard sale and raised the $500 necessary to file the non-profit paperwork with the State of California. On September 19th in 2003, we became official -- Helping Out Pets Everyday was recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit corporation.
Over these past ten years, HOPE has been in the forefront of affecting change in our community. We have facilitated the rescue and adoption of thousands of shelter dogs and cats, without fanfare and, with our own funds, hosted community events for our local facility. After years of witnessing the deterioration and decline in the living conditions of the dogs and cats being housed at the old Upland Shelter facility, HOPE was the driving force behind the new shelter construction which officially opened in February, 2010. Since 2003, HOPE has spayed and neutered over one thousand dogs and cats for Upland residents and HOPE did so free of charge until the Fall of 2012 when prices increased and the economic climate deteriorated. However, as an Upland-based organization, HOPE continues to assist Upland residents now through a subsidized spay/neuter program. We are now offering the low cost options available to residents in other communities by expanding our outreach to Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona, San Dimas, La Verne, etc.
HOPE continues to advocate for the animals no matter how controversial. We will continue to do so because we came together to make a difference for their well-being. Please continue to support our efforts. We have no pre-existing agenda. Our agenda is the welfare and safety of the dogs and cats that have no voice but those that advocate on behalf of them.