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Our first 6 months

June has come and gone, and so has the first 6 months of this organization being officially open. We at Vicki’s Village have been overwhelmed with the support we have received and are continuously inspired to do as much as we can, in the name of all animals.

The list below accounts for all of the animals we have been able to rescue/assist since January 1st:
Smitty & Patches – Available for Adoption (Dogs)
Rex – Available for Adoption (Dog)
Cassidy – Available for Adoption (Dog)
Jazzy – Available for Adoption (Dog)
Xerxes – Available for Adoption (Dog) *application pending*
Rocky – Adopted (Dog)
Rylie – Medical/Unavailable (Dog)
Nova – Foster/Unavailable (Cat)
There are currently 11 dogs placed in the sanctuary side of the rescue who receive our constant care as well.
We have also been able to financially assist a SLO County kitten foster with the care and spay/neuter of 3 homeless kittens who have adopters currently lined up.
Without fosters and people crossposting our information on social media, rescuing these animals would have been nearly impossible. Every Share matters in reaching people who could help us through fostering, adopting, volunteering their time/skills or donating.

Our current project is to fund-raise enough money to be able to purchase a 20′ x 30′ facility we would build specifically for the dogs. This would allow us to rescue & house up to 35 dogs at a time. It would also allow us the foundation to build off of, adding more space and additional facilities as need be. This is the facility we’d like to purchase – click here.

Our online support has been phenomenal and we appreciate everyone for following along with us on this journey. We’d really love to see all of our social media accounts @vickisvillage rise to 1,000 followers each by the end of the year, so please find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat and give our page some attention. We want to cross the globe with our message of compassion and action for animals!

The sustainability of the rescue falls down to our financials and how much good we can do depends on how much money we have. VVARS has been blown away by the donations that have come in when we are in need. The support of our followers makes us feel like we really can save them all, with you by our side.

The following chart is our 6 month financial report of Revenues and Expenses. I have broken it down to the following categories:
Medical – Operations and procedures, general care for the animals. Our trusted vet clinic is Sierra Vet Clinic in Bishop, California.
General Fund – Dog food, beds, toys, cleaning supplies, small travel expenses, general care. Advertising, postage, office supplies, bank fees.
* Board of Director Donations – The Board donates makes regular donations to assure that the rescue has a reliable amount of emergency money, just in case.
Adoption/Intake – Rehoming fees required for dogs who are released to the rescue, or foster donations.
Facility – Our new dog facility project. We have added a separate big dog run and an outdoor cat area as of now.

01 01 2018 through 06 30 2018 Rev and Exp Chart

If you have any questions on details, please contact us. We want to keep our finances completely transparent so everyone can be assured that their donations are doing the most good that can be done!

Aside from taking in homeless animals that need our immediate help, the rescue would like to be able to work in conjunction with groups and veterinarians across California to provide the resources available to help with animal medical care. Spaying and neutering, vaccinations, micro-chipping and dental’s are all essential requirements for a healthy companion, and we know that depending on the access available, all of those things can be pricey! We want to find a solution. We’re always brainstorming and would love to hear from anyone who has an idea or contact available for reliable animal care in California.

Thank you for giving us your time and attention as we try to do our best by all of our animal companions. Sometimes we get busy and forget to reply to messages, and we are still working out the finer details of running an efficient non-profit organization. Your patience and support as we get bigger and better means everything to this operation. Thank you for believing in us!

Special thanks to;
Sierra Vet Clinic, Karen McAlpin, Yvonne Helms, Kristine Pickett, Lynn Cerny, Olivia Moreno, Eastern Sierra Dog Rescue, Charlotte Meade and Meade Canine Rescue, Heather Rios, Rebekkah Salazar, Jesse Davis, Heather Love, Pj & Lauryn Preeshl, BAD Photography.

XO
Alexandrea “Silver” Helms and all of our canine and feline companions

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Autumn Update

Hello everyone!

Just wanted to keep all of our supporters up to date with the rescue. As the summer season slows down, so have we. Currently, we are at our maximum capacity at our rescue site and have utilized all of our foster resources at the moment. Everyone is at a safe space, love and cared for. Until we get new foster homes signed up, or some of our adoptables placed into purrfect homes, we are not taking in anymore dogs at the moment.

While we take some time to wind down from the rat race taking in new babes, we are going to refocus our sites on some of our standing goals at this time.
Our largest project, the building of a new facility, has not been as much as a success as we had hoped. With little visual aides, it is difficult to get on board with the end goal we have set up. So! We are shifting gears.
Instead of fundraising a pile of money all at one time to put a pre-made building in, we are going to work on getting this structure built ourselves, bit by bit. As the weather cools down, we can take more time to clear out the area needed. We’ll fundraise at different sections of the build, for the specific materials we need to move on to the next stage. Through out the whole project, we’ll keep you up to date with pictures and progress reports!

Join us on Sunday, September 16th in Mammoth Lakes for the Trails & Tails event that we will be a part of. Come meet our adoptable dogs from 9am to 1pm and have fun with all of the other animal organizations in the area. It’s going to be a great event! More info here

As we are working on our building and enjoying the end of the year months, we are also going to be working on a humane education program that we can take to the local schools and do presentations with. Being a part of the rescue community, taking in homeless dogs is only half the battle. We must also work to prevent animals from becoming homeless in the first place. With that, we have to hit the kids at a young age and get them inspired to do what’s compassion, and educated on how to always be humane. With that, we ask that if anyone knows of any similar humane education resources or has any ideas, we are more then welcome to suggestions and collaborations. Please do not hesitate to help us provide the best learning experience possible!

Thank you to all of our supporters: fosters, donors, adopters and well wishers alike! Without you, we’d wouldn’t be where we are at now. This organization continues to make great progress and with team members like you, who is reading this now, we can do anything. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Alexandrea-Silver, VVARS President
and all of the furry friends that make up this village
XOXO