Giving Tuesday - November 28

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First there was Black Friday, then came Cyber Monday, now there is Giving Tuesday, one of the biggest fundraising days of the year. MCPAW is signed up to participate, and we are counting on you to help us reach our goal! This year, MCPAW has a goal of raising $5,000 to fund our Spay It Forward program. Spay It Forward provides spay/neuter services for community cats in Montgomery County.

Offered to caretakers who are managing these cat colonies, the program has the potential to greatly reduce the number of animals entering local shelters and the rate of euthanasia. Over the past year, MCPAW funded the spay and neuter of 440 cats!

Just $40 pays for a neuter surgery and $60 pays for a spay surgery. Both includes rabies vaccine, eartipping, and microchip.

How about challenging your friends to match your gift? If you give $5, find 8 friends to also give $5, then that pays for a neuter surgery! Of course, if you want to give more, we can pay for more surgeries!

Just about every week, MCPAW receives messages that more community cats have been found and need help. The numbers in our county are staggering. But MCPAW cannot help without your help. Please support our efforts to end the continuous breeding of unspayed/unneutered community cats by giving on Giving Tuesday. Thank you for caring about the animals.

Donate on November 28 at http://www.mcpaw.org/take-action-1/

Thank You to All

The staff and board of MCPAW wishes to thank everyone who attended, volunteered, sponsored, donated auction items, and helped plan the MCPAW Party held on October 20. It was a huge success! Over 150 people, many with their dogs, came to the Bolger Center in Potomac to support MCPAW as we help the homeless animals of Montgomery County. We will be doing it again next year!
 

 

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Can You Imagine Life When It's Too Painful to Eat?

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We can't, and we know you wouldn't want to see any animal go through that either. Let us introduce you to Elsa. 

She is a 1-2 year-old, spayed female domestic shorthair. She is playful, smart, independent yet very loving, and may we add, a staff favorite! She has a condition called stomatitis, a severe inflammation of the gums which makes it very painful and difficult for her to eat. She was adopted and brought back when her adopters discovered that it would cost nearly $2000 to treat her condition.

We here at MCPAW believe she deserves to live a happy, pain free life. Any chance we can give her to get adopted is worth it.

Don't you think so too? All donations from now until October 1 will go into MCPAW's Veterinary Medical Fund for Elsa's treatment.

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The 1st Annual MCPAW Party - THE Event in MontCo!

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Most of us dog lovers hate to leave our dogs at home when we go out. Now's your chance to bring your dog to the hottest event happening this fall in Montgomery County! Please join us at the 1st Annual MCPAW Party on October 20 at 6pm at the lovely Bolger Center in Potomac, MD. 

Attendees are encouraged to dress to impress, and that includes your dogs! Black tie is optional for all! 

The event will include a full evening of food and fun. A full course dinner with wine service, appetizers and open bar, silent and live auctions, special guests, and more. Stay tuned for details of the auction items but we're hearing rumors of Redskins memorabilia, weekend packages at the Four Seasons, gift certificates, and so much more.

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs! Purchase tickets here.

Will You Help Cassie?

Cassie is an active, fun-loving 6-year-old Shepherd mix who was surrendered by her owner (by no fault of Cassie's) to the Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center (MCASAC).  It was not hard to miss the large mass on her back leg. But it won't stop Cassie from being happy and deserving of a loving home, that is, if MCPAW has any say in it!

The veterinarian at MCASAC tested the mass and found that it's a malignant growth called mast cell. That's the sad news. The good news is that surgery on mast cell tumors has a high rate of success! 

That's where MCPAW comes in. We have committed to MCASAC and Cassie that we will raise the funds to pay for this important surgery.

We care so much about Cassie and other pets who need special attention. We know you care too. That's why we created the Veterinary Medical Fund.

Right now, you can double your generous gift to the fund. MCPAW has found a donor who also believes Cassie deserves a chance and has committed to match donations to get Cassie's surgery. When you donate, your contribution will be doubled.

Not convinced yet? Let us tell you more about Cassie. She is a little bit shy with new people, but once she gets to know you, she loves attention, plays with toys, and enjoys being petted. She loves going for walks and is good on the leash, and also likes car rides! She is looking for a quiet home with no children. 

So, come on, let's do it! Let's get Cassie the surgery that will save her life.

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Volunteering

Volunteers make nonprofit organizations possible. Do you have a few extra hours each month to help MCPAW? We are always being invited to community events to set up a table with our information, so many that we can't keep up with them! If you love animals and want to be instrumental in spreading the word on ways to help them, drop us a line. Send an email to contact@mcpaw.org and we will arrange to meet and train you. Many thanks to all who give their time to MCPAW and other organizations that do good.

Keeping Cats Happy

Cats in shelters often can be overlooked for various reasons. Well MCPAW just won't allow that to happen! We know that cats need just as much love and enrichment as dogs while they await their forever homes. So we are hoping our generous supporters will help us purchase some items for the cats at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC). 

A monetary donation will fund a comfy bed, a scratching pad, or even some tasty treats for the cats. And if you know cat behavior, you understand that they love high places. A donation of $250 allows us to purchase a nine-tier Kuranda cat tower! And what cat doesn't like to scratch? Just $15 will buy two cat scratch boxes to help pass the day away. 

Thank you for thinking of the homeless cats and for your generosity. Donate here.

Veterinary Medical Fund Pet of the Month: Sarah

Did you see the article in The Washington Post recently about how more and more people are adopting senior dogs? We at MCPAW love to see this! But senior pets often have health issues that may require costly treatment. There is a senior dog at MCASAC who needs us now. Say hello to Sarah. 

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Sarah came to MCASAC as a stray in December. The staff immediately fell in love with her when they saw how playful and happy she is. She loves her toys! Despite her age, about 10 years old, Sarah has so much life left. 

A physical exam showed that Sarah has a couple of issues: a possible torn cruciate ligament in her rear leg and hip dysplasia in the other leg. These issues are causing her pain, discomfort, and limiting her ability to live life to its fullest. MCASAC's veterinarian has contacted a specialist about doing surgery on Sarah. It is recommended that she get the surgery on the torn ligament first, allow for that to recover, then repair the hip dysplasia.

But these expensive surgeries will require funds beyond MCASAC's limited budget. That's where MCPAW comes in. We care so much about Sarah and other pets who need special attention. We know you care too. That's why we created the Veterinary Medical Fund.

So, come on, let's do it! Let's get Sarah the surgery she needs to be able to run and play again. 

Click here to donate to the Veterinary Medical Fund and help Sarah and other pets like her!

 

MCPAW Helps Community Cats

We all can agree that outdoor, community cats are a problem. Our hearts break to see these homeless kitties fending for themselves. And many people get angry when they come on their property, often killing birds. MCPAW is leading the charge in Montgomery County to help. On Friday, March 3, MCPAW participated in a team effort to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and microchip 25 community cats. The efforts were coordinated by the Montgomery County Community Cat Coalition, also known as C3.

Cat trappers volunteered their time to trap the cats from designated locations and were brought to the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC). MCASAC offered their enclosed and heated garage space to Metro Ferals’ mobile veterinary van. Volunteers helped Metro Ferals’ veterinary staff as they spayed/neutered, vaccinated, eartipped, and microchipped 25 cats! It was quite an impressive operation.

The spay/neuter surgeries were funded by MCPAW who has a grant from the State of Maryland for our Spay It Forward program. In 2016, we funded the spay and neuter of 440 cats with this grant, and we hope to surpass that number in 2017.

MCPAW also funded the cost of the microchips for all 25 cats who were spayed/neutered on March 3.

We are proud to be a part of the Community Cat Coalition, working together with other animal welfare organizations in the county and caring volunteers.