Jewel, the 500th Boxer rescued by Atlanta Boxer Rescue
According the the ASPCA, of the 5 to 7 million companion animals that enter shelters every year, 3 to 4 million are euthanized and many of the little critters never even make it to shelters. Far too many are found in horrible shape – barely alive, having been subjected to serious abuse or total neglect. You may have read about Xena the Warrior Puppy or watched the segment 11Alive News did about her. She has made remarkable progress thanks to Friends of Dekalbs Animals.
Pet rescue organizations are generally groups of volunteer pet lovers trying to; (1) save pets from bad situations, and (2) to find “forever homes” for them once they are healthy and can be adopted. The groups are generally non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations relying on donations, special pet sponsorships and fundraising events to pay for food, spay/neutering and medical treatment when necessary.
Atlanta Boxer Rescue (“ABR”) is a breed specific rescue group formed in June of 2008. In September of this year, Jewel (left) became the 500th Boxer rescued by the group. Thanks to ABR, she overcame her challenges and was recently adopted.
Venus, is another Boxer that currently is being treated for multiple problems and – thanks to ABR – will have a chance to be a special pet to someone once she overcomes her challenges.
Many of the dogs rescued incur substantial medical bills on their road to becoming adoptable pets. We all know (well, most of us) that money doesn’t grow on trees. On October 21, Atlanta Boxer Rescue (ABR) will put on Boxerstock 2012, a day of fun, music and vendors – and ABR’s largest annual fundraising event – the one that provides most of the money to feed and care for the dogs until they can be placed in loving homes. I will be there doing doggie portraits along with Santa.
Santa and Friend
In addition to the Santa/Holiday set, I plan to have a Fall theme set and a “generic” portrait set. There will be no charge for the sitting (sitting fee) but I will be collecting donations for ABR. My goal is to raise at least $300 for them.
Donations to 501(c)(3) organizations are generally tax deductible (check with your accountant for your specific case) and I will collect information so that ABR can mail a donation receipt to you.
Once images are online and available for viewing, You will be able to purchase prints, various products AND personal-use downloads suitable for use on greeting cards in plenty of time for the holidays.
Can’t make it to Boxerstock 2012 this year? I’m scheduling additional shoots to benefit other rescue organizations and will provide a schedule in a later post. Meanwhile, here’s a link to a few doggie photos from the past