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Philanthropy Friday: Spotlight on PetPromise

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Life for Pets. Pets for Life. PetPromise is a volunteer run, Columbus non-profit organization dedicated to helping create a world where there are no more homeless pets through education, rescue, sterilization, and adoption. Founded by a group of people who cared deeply about the welfare of homeless animals, Pet Promise was incorporated in 1999, although they worked to find homes for stray and abused dogs and cats on their own for many years before that.

Since PetPromise does not currently have a facility where homeless animals can be housed, volunteer foster homes are at the heart of their animal rescue program. Without foster homes PetPromise could not save the lives of the homeless and abused pets that come to them needing help each year. The more foster homes that are available, the more dogs, cats (and other companion animals like rabbits & hamsters) they can help. People can make a HUGE difference in the life of a homeless pet by agreeing to foster. PetPromise provides all of the food and medical care needed while the pet is in foster home care. To become a foster parent to a homeless pet, click here and complete a foster home application.

PetPromise has quite a few rescued pets waiting for a home. The number of animals in the care of PetPromise can change daily as they are adopted or brought into the rescue program. At the time of this interview, 56 dogs and cats and one hamster was waiting to be adopted. Visit the organization’s web site to see photos and a list of dogs and cats ready for adoption.

PetPromise Rescue Run
May 23, 2009 is the 9th annual Rescue Run & Walk. The Rescue Run & Walk is a 5k run/walk and festival held at McFerson Commons Park in the Arena District. For more information, or to register for the run/walk visit RescueRun.com. May 2000, the first PetPromise Rescue Run took place at Hoff Woods Park in Westerville. There were approximately 120 participants in the inaugural race. Since that time, the PetPromise Rescue Run & Walk has moved to the Arena District to accommodate the growing number of participants and their pets. Last year, over 1,000 participants and spectators attended the run/walk with hundreds of dogs and a few cats in attendance as well! The event’s purpose is to promote awareness of pet overpopulation problems and support the efforts to change the future for all homeless animals. It also serves as a fundraiser, allocating at least 50% of all proceeds from the event for the PetPromise Sanctuary Fund.

If You Fund It They Will Build
PetPromise recently purchased a ½ acre lot located on Kenny Road just South of Bethel Road to build the future home of the PetPromise Animal Care & Adoption Center. The Center will serve as an adoption center, a sanctuary for homeless pets, and a center for community education. It will be a place where animals receive quality care and love as they wait to be adopted, where the community participates in events and activities, and where school children come and learn how to care for animals.

Because the current structure on the property will need to be demolished, PetPromise is seeking architects to help with the development of concepts and drawings for the facility, volunteers with construction and carpentry experience willing to help build the center, as well as volunteers willing to donate building supplies.

Other Needs
With the downturn in the economy, PetPromise has seen a rise in the number of homeless animals and pets surrendered to shelters throughout Columbus. PetPromise helps many pets that other shelters and rescues would consider “unadoptable” due to age, medical condition, or breed. Due to these circumstances, PetPromise is in need of monetary donations of any size and volunteer foster homes to continue serving their mission. To learn of the various was to donate to PetPromise click here.

To lend a hand and become a PetPromise volunteer click here. When you volunteer with PetPromise you make a difference for homeless animals whether you place a pet in a loving home, deliver dog food to a needy family with pets, write an article for the PawPrint newsletter, or solicit sponsorship for the annual PetPromise Run & Walk.

Until the PetPromise Animal Care & Adoption Center is built you can find them at 1158 W. 3rd. Avenue, Ste 201, Grandview. 
Their office is open each Saturday 9:00-10:30 am.

To read a touching behind the scenes story about PetPromise and to see more photos visit columbusimPRessions.com.

For more information on PetPromise visit them on the web.

Philanthropy Friday is a feature article by columbus imPRessions that will highlight a Columbus area non-profit organization every other week.

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