Dear Friends of NorCal Collie Rescue,
As 2020 thankfully comes to a close, I want to give you an update on our rescue activities.
It has been a slow year for collies coming into NorCal Collie Rescue. We placed only nine collies this year in forever homes in Northern California. While we had a reprieve from the difficult challenges of getting collies off the streets and out of shelters, we still are busy finding new ways to help collies in need.
In March, when Covid hit the states full force, one of our collie friends came down with Covid. He asked the question, “What will become of my beloved collie?” With that, our board reacted and NCR developed a Covid Sanctuary Program for collie owners who come down with Covid and do not have local support to help care for their beloved pet. The response was tremendous. Dozens of owners signed up for the program in case they became sick. Dozens of families signed up to serve as temporary foster homes. Much thought went into developing a program and protocol that would ensure the collies were safe and owners' wishes were carried out. This program is still available to serve as a safety net for our collie friends. We are thankful for all those families that continue to be willing to serve as a short-term foster home. The risk and need are still a very real possibility!
Then the fires came. . . . We realized NorCal collie families were at risk of being evacuated. They might be unable to shelter with their pet or lose their pets in the chaos of evacuation. Again, NCR saw the need and offered to provide collie owners with assistance while owners re-established themselves. We have been able to help out in small ways to our collie families impacted by the fires.
We continue to be grateful for your ongoing support and how you all have blessed NCR collies over the years. Because we have had fewer dogs than in past years and you have continued to support NCR so generously, our coffers are full! Thank you so much! So, if you are a collie rescue fan and support NCR on an annual basis and were planning a donation to us again this year, I instead, ask that you donate to the Collie Rescue Foundation at www.collierescuefoundation.org
. We are an affiliate member of this wonderful organization that networks and financially assists collie rescues across the United States. Your donation to them will ensure that they will have the funds to help a collie in need in another collie rescue group that needs financial assistance.
Thank you for your love of collies and continual support.
From our collie family to yours, we wish you a very healthy, happy and blessed holiday season.
NorCal Collie Rescue