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 Post subject: Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue Our First Year
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:32 pm 
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The following is a ‘snapshot’ of our first year. This leaves out LOTS of things… including our features in two Life + Dog magazine issues, Houston Pet Talk, and the Houston Chronicle…. But in any event, it kinda took me back to see this all together in one place… check it out!!

· last summer’s lemonade stand raised the funds to pay for our very first heartworm treatment of our Senior boy Lucky
Greatwood Subdivision
Raised $360.21 net

· Had a name the foster contest for Annie that was for 501c fees and were paid via a $425 match challenge from a private donor for a total of 850$ using face book

· Launch Party on Aug 29th: Rover Oaks Pet resort Sponsor
Texas Dogs and Cats Magazine sponsored the wine and advertisement
Bicycle World & Fitness sponsored the beer
Houston Dog Blog sponsored additional advertisement
Partnered with Texas Alaskan Malamute Rescue, who provided the TABC permit
Fund raiser goal $3000
Gross 4,800$ plus
Net 3,600$ plus ... nch-party-

· We do a minimum of 2 adoptions per month at Natural Pawz and Carters Pet Depot and usually include a bake sale, which brings in extra cash along with other items (we sell koozies, towels, collars, bandanas)

· Although these are fun we also like to do OFF LEASH events in other high traffic areas since people coming to a pet store usually already have a dog. We had another event at the Houston Museum of Natural Science – Sugar Land location

And the off leash events at Meadow Lake Pet Resort
And Bicycle World & Fitness. When they have a ride event sign up normally there are 200-
300 people there

· Pet Fest - a two day outdoor event held in Old Town Spring, Tx, involving approx 100 area rescues
Gross was $916/Profit $ 816
Day 1:
Day 2:
· 2 community yard sales in Missouri City, TX - one last fall one this spring
Raised $890 - $30 for booth rental in November
$736 - $60 for booth rental in March
+ $286 that Cindy made with leftover stuff at her house over Easter weekend.
· Pet Expo, Reliant Exhibition Hall
gross receipts were $480 - $300 cost of booth = $180 net profit
we didn't go into this as a money-making venture, though... but rather as exposure... and made some great contacts; it really got our name out there ... gX12W0-P40
· Agility event concession stands – two events, one at the Ft Bend County Fairgrounds, and the other at the Humble Arena
The first we barely broke even because of all the various and sundry items needed to run a concession stand (plates, silverware, condiments, crock pots, cases of soft drinks, candy, chips, etc (Gross $940/Net Profit $170)
But the second we made a profit since many of the items were reused and meat was donated
Gross $1220/Net $801

Since Stephanie's husband, Tommy, trains Cooper in agility, we have been invited by the SHAG club (+ the Vizsla club via Connie Foland) to host future concessions events at various agility trials... so given the supplies we've invested in, we are well positioned to profit from these future events

· Photo Shoots ~ 3 of these
one last fall and two in the last 60 days
Two were done by Robyn Arouty Photography ~ no cost to us Profit of $950 for both fundraisers. Here’s a sample of the photography:

Another event was done by Kim Hartz Photography who gave us the photos of our dogs for use on our website and took donations from local businesses to be divided up with each rescue receiving $500 each. Here is a sample of that photography:

· Change for Chow, net profit for us $1169.71
Port Arthur elementary school involving 700 kids in an underprivileged school district
Kids at the school raised over 2300$ split between us and Beaumont PAWS rescue
Connie did a freestyle dance with her cocker diva, and they taught the kids about the
various aspects of responsible pet ownership
· Pup A Palooza at Meadowlake Pet Resort, booth with raffle and merchandise, 4/9-10/11
net $260
· There are lots of other outside the box type fundraisers and events that are harder to track exact figures and some just Involve people
o Like The Girl Scout project that made our welcome home packages bandanas with a leash and squeaky toy all wrapped up and given to the new adoptee. They received their Bronze award for community service and we got the goodies. A Win/Win situation and great PR

· Terry tells Cocker Stories on face book and the Zim's Cocker Forum with a commercial break then continue when some one makes a donation (kinda like PBS). Last one brought in $110
· Our newly formed WAGS club which promotes regular monthly donations
· Our brand new Rescue Ranger Pins that donors and WAGS club members will receive for a donation of $25 or more a 1 inch gold lapel pin

· We use a lot of video to raise funds for special cases like Carly's emergency $4800 back surgery at Texas A&M the bill is now fully paid
To date Terry has done close to 80 videos

· our one year birthday party on 6/25/11 at Meadowlake Pet Resort
Profit of 3065.77

· We have grown to 10-12 foster homes, and this number varies as dogs are placed. Currently the most dogs in any one foster home is 3, and the foster that does the puppies has 4 puppies as of yesterday.
We have 2 out of town fosters ~ one in Lake Charles, and another in Canada. I (Stephanie) did the home visit in Lake Charles after reviewing the foster application and doing a vet check, and I met the other at American Spaniel Club Nationals last year in Richmond, VA, when I went there with Cooper to march in the Parade of Rescues!
· As of this week, 87 intakes for the year… 44 have been adopted, 15 are pending completion of spay/neuter (puppies) or heartworm treatment. 25 are currently available, and 3 have been put to sleep (2 due to distemper, and the other to a blood disorder/immune disease)
· We have established The Peanut Fund for dogs who come out of the shelter exhibiting symptoms of upper respiratory issues (be it canine parainfluenza, pneumonia or distemper). As of 5/31, the balance in the fund was $74.53, but we have had another $300-400 in donations in June.
· We also have The Hunter Fund for dogs who need help with behavior modification ~ these funds are used for trainers (Tori Hankey at Meadowlake Pet Resort) and board certified behaviorists (Dr. Lori Haug). As of 5/31, the balance in that fund was $612.28.

WOW!! What a year this has been… Thanks to everyone who has been part of it, and for all of you who are continuing to help us ‘provide quality care and forever homes… one cocker spaniel at a time…’!!

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 Post subject: Re: Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue Our First Year
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:45 pm 
I Rescued A Cocker!
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It has been my pleasure to have donated to this cause as well as volunteering. :YAY

You people are amazing. :hp

Juanita and DeeDee

Missing Abi and Leroy with all my heart.

 Post subject: Re: Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue Our First Year
PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 4:36 am 
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Congratulatons! It was quite a year for you and the pups. I can't even begin to think about what would have happened to them had it not been for you. And your videos are always looked forward to with pleasure.

Teddy - 11/11/03
Annie - 2/13/05
Jennie - Gotcha 9/14/11
Cody - 9/2/08
Monkey Cat - 1993 - 2013
Cori - My First - 1/2/91 - 12/15/03
Maxine - My Angel - Gotcha - 9/5/09 - 7/28/11
Maddie - Good Boy - Gotcha 6/17/12 - 7/25/13

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