W.H.E. ANIMAL RESCUE WILL CLOSE SEPTEMBER 2015
It is with deep and heartfelt regret and sadness that I must write tonight to announce the impending closure of Willy's Happy Endings Animal Rescue. While your support has been an amazing benefit to our organization, the financial, emotional, and physical burden of running a senior and special specific shelter while raising 3 children and my as-yet uncontrolled Lupus have become a detriment to my health. It is time to make some tough choices BEFORE things come to a head and the quality of care our animals receive diminishes as a result.
The Center will remain open (by appointment only) for volunteers and adopters through SEPTEMBER 1st at which time we MUST have placement for each of our dogs in forever homes or with approved rescue organizations. Our foster program will cease once all animals have been adopted or transferred to no-kill rescues. PLEASE share all of our adoptables far and wide in order to find them soft places to land. Email firstname.lastname@example.org FMI on any of our animals or to schedule an appointment to meet our shelter residents.
WHAT THIS MEANS...
...For our adopters: Myself and our board members will still be here for the life of your W.H.E. Alumni. If you should ever find yourself in need of placement or assistance, you may contact us at WillysRescue@gmail.com . The promise we made to you and our animals still stands; WHE will never allow them to see the inside of an Animal Control facility again.
...For our donors: Once the organization is dissolved, all resources and funds that remain will be donated to other non-profit animal related charities who share our values. Nothing will go to waste and your contributions will continue to benefit the homeless, abused, and abandoned animals we all love so dearly.
...For our volunteers: Please continue to be generous with your time here through Sept. 30th. We all love you, dogs included and will miss you so much after our closure.
...For our partner shelters: We are closed to new intakes and can no longer assist in placing animals from your facilities. Once the rescue is dissolved, our facebook page and social media footprint will be revamped and devoted to networking senior and special needs animals nationwide, so please keep in touch. It has been a pleasure and honor working with you over the years. We will miss you!
ON A PERSONAL NOTE...
Please know that this decision is not one I have taken lightly. I have spent many sleepless nights trying to figure a way to continue on in the mission which I truly believe I was put on this earth for. I am indescribably sorry to all of you for my failure, but mostly to those seniors and specials out there who I won't be able to save in the future. My only hope is that W.H.E. has inspired YOU to make a difference in your own community in whatever way you are able. PLEASE continue to volunteer, foster, and adopt seniors and specials near you. In this way, Willy & the legacy he left us, will live on.
WHE love each and every one of you. Thank you for making our dreams come true over the past several years. There are hundreds of animals out there today living happy healthy lives thanks to your dedication and support that triumph can never be lessened or taken away. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
Director, Willy's Happy Endings
All About W.H.E.
Our namesake, Willy, was an absolutely INCREDIBLE 12+ year old pointer who was found in a construction site chained to a fence being brutalized by a pack of stray dogs and with SEVERE arthritis. After seeing his posts on facebook, and a little push from a friend, I decided to go adopt him. I drove to Cheatham County Animal Control (2 hours away) and brought my man home. He was your typical grumpy old dog, under socialized and painful enough that he would nip if manipulated too much. He had X-rays on day 2 which showed over a dozen bone fractures throughout his entire body that were at different stages of healing. This poor dog had suffered YEARS of literally bone shattering abuse at the hands of his former guardians. Over about a months’ time, Willy received several medications, chiropractic work, homeopathic care, and high quality holistic kibble/home cooking. Willy shocked us all by learning to TRULY LOVE. He only ever really bonded with me, but with me he was a smiling, kissing, wagging, cuddly lovebug of a furkid who was just a joy to be around. One day, while playing in the yard with his brothers and sister, he came over to where I was sitting on the ground, laid in my lap, and passed quietly in his sleep. I was so honored that he had chosen to come to me for his last moments. That a dog previously unable to connect with a human, had made such a deep connection as to share his last breath with me. I was so blessed to have had my time with him, he TRULY changed my life.
Willy’s Happy Endings started as a 1-2 dog sanctuary program for super-seniors, those expected to live no more than a few months, who had been abandoned at shelters in terrible condition, suffering, and having never known love. I wanted to do something to honor Willy’s memory and saving more of those just like him seemed like just the thing to do it. We started the foster program in August 2012 and it has been a whirlwind climb to where we are today.
Our rescue is now dedicated to both sanctuary AND finding loving homes for senior and special needs dogs who, in a recent survey by Petfinder of rescues and shelter groups, were determined to be the most difficult to place demographic of homeless dogs.
We embrace QUALITY over QUANTITY, meaning that we do not treat conservatively in order to save more animals. When we pull a dog, we commit entirely to that animal no matter the cost financial, emotional, or otherwise. This means the BEST in veterinary care, physical therapy (including underwater treadmill, laser, MOBs) chiropractic, holistic or home cooked diet.
We are so proud to be NO-KILL, until our vet tells us it is time to help a dog cross the bridge in peace, no animal will be euthanized.
As you can imagine, our work is incredibly time consuming and financially draining and ALL of our staff and foster homes (including myself) are unpaid volunteers. WHE could not do ANY of this without your support! Please visit the 'You Can Help' tab in the menu along the top of the page for donation options, volunteer opportunities, and more information on becoming a foster family. Please share us and our adoptable dogs, as networking really does save lives!
Thank you SO much for your support of our mission to save those most often left behind!
As always, WHE LOVE YOU!
Founder/Director, Willy's Happy Endings