H.O.P.E. is a non-profit organization. We rely on your donations, as without your continued help, our success would be impossible. We do our best to use most of the dollars raised for direct care. (Food Pantry, veterinary care etc.) Only a small amount of funds are used for operational costs.
We always strive to keep pets with their families so they do not have to be put up for adoption or taken to a shelter. If you want to read a story that tells the reason our founder started H.O.P.E., then go to the blog on this website and read about Bob and his dog Ruzzie Rue. You may need a box of tissues.
H.O.P.E. story of the week
Kelly Schmidt and her collie Cedar
Last year, Kelly Schmidt, a struggling artist from Thompsonville, had a difficult decision to make: She could pay her home mortgage, or shell out hundreds of dollars for her dog, Cedar, to have surgery to remove a life-threatening tumor on her neck.
“I was stressed out financially and emotionally,” says Schmidt. “I had no clue what I was going to do.”
That’s when an employee at her veterinarian’s office told her about H.O.P.E., aka Helping Owners with Pet Expenses. She told H.O.P.E. she had always been able to care for her animals and thought nothing of taking them to the veterinarian's when needed, but since the economic downfall she was struggling to pay her bills. Kelly is exactly the type of pet owners we help. Those who, due to difficult circumstances, find caring for unexpected expenses for their animals just too much to come up with. Our main goal is to prevent owners from having to surrender their beloved animals.
Here are some great pets that H.O.P.E. was able to help when they needed food. These furry friends say THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to H.O.P.E. to help them and their friends.
Pictured here is Stitch
Rainbow (calico cat); Lumumba, the African Grey parrot; Tito the kitty (who has kidney disease) and Pancho (black and white cat)
H.O.P.E. HELPS DIESEL ESCAPE FROM ANIMAL CONTROL AND FIND A HOME
DIESEL FINDS A HOME On Monday, March 28, 2012, Debbra Miner, one of H.O.P.E.'s board members called with a dilemma. Ed from Grand Traverse Animal Control called to say an American Bull Dog had been dropped off as a stray and the Humane Society has procedures that will not allow them to except intact males (meaning he had not been neutered).
Ed comes in contact with dogs on a daily basis in his job and told Deb that he was a very nice dog and he didn't want anything to happen to him. Deb told Ed that our organization normally doesn't help with neutering but have talked about making exceptions when it means saving the life of a dog. She suggested that he should call H.O.P.E's Director, Susan Reabe.
To make a long story short, Diesel (as his owner now calls him) was saved from the possibility of being euthanized and he was neutered after the Board of H.O.P.E. approved the assistance that he needed. This sweet, well mannered dog didn't even make it out of the vet clinic during his emergency neuter and vaccinations before he was adopted by Shana Crouse. Diesel now has a new sister, a miniature Dachshund - they are best buddies.
H.O.P.E. will be reviewing their policies and procedures for certain cases of assistance needed for homeless dogs. Sometimes it's too late to help the actual pet owner - but not the pet itself. It takes a number of people and phone calls in the organization to make a difference. It takes a village - a village called H.O.P.E.