The Middlesex Pet Friends for Life organization provides a support system for the improved care of the homeless animals who are housed at the Middlesex County Animal Control (MCAC) facility. The group procures funds through public donations and supports volunteers who work at MCAC. We believe that every animal’s life has value and deserves respect and protection in a safe, caring and healthy environment.
Friends for Life supports the Middlesex County Animal Control facility, as follows.
Our past accomplishments include:
Middlesex Pet Friends for Life began in 2002 as a means for animal-loving people to join forces to supplement the revenues available to Middlesex County, Virginia (the County) to house, feed and provide medical care for homeless animals at the Middlesex County Animal Control (MCAC) facility. These goals were seen as necessary to aid in the prevention of cruelty to animals (the Purpose). Until recently, Friends for Life was an association with no formal legal structure.
In the spring of 2002, Friends for Life held a fund-raising event to provide funds with which to carry out its Purpose. Over $2,000 was raised and donated to the County with the understanding that the County would create a separate fund, the Friends for Life Fund, from which only expenses related to the Purpose could be paid. Since then, Friends for Life has raised money every year and withdrawn funds to pay medical expenses for animals housed at MCAC to cover spay/neuter, heart worm treatment, vaccines and emergency surgeries. Friends for Life has also garnered volunteers to walk dogs at the facility, foster cats and dogs and generally fulfill the Purpose by providing the animals contact with human love.
In May 2013, five Middlesex County animal lovers, hearing that the Friends for Life Fund was being rapidly diminished, met to develop a plan to raise money for the Fund and attract more volunteers to assist at the MCAC facility. These volunteers called their campaign Dog Friends and ran it as an arm of Friends for Life. All funds raised through Dog Friends were deposited in the Friends for Life Fund. The Dog Friends campaign has attracted almost 300 contributors and has raised over $12,000. In addition, Dog Friends has attracted more volunteers to the MCAC facility and publicity drawn by Dog Friends has caused adoptions to increase.
Friends for Life is truly a team effort focused on improving the well-being of those animals who come into the Middlesex County Animal Control (MCAC) facility. While I serve as Board president, each Board member is an equal partner in our mission. We embrace our challenges and celebrate our successes along with the supporters of Friends for Life. As an absolute lifetime lover of animals, I work on their behalf doing my best to see that all are cared for in a respectful manner. I have been volunteering for animals since I retired and when I realized the need at the MCAC facility, I joined as a volunteer there. I saw firsthand the necessity for more community involvement. It is my hope that through Friends for Life, the communities of Middlesex County will come together to see that every animal at MCAC receives the best care in a loving environment and ultimately finds that forever home. It is my greatest reward to know that a loving family is opening their hearts and home to one of our furry friends.
Some of the programs that Friends for Life provides the MCAC dogs have an enormous, positive effect on their emotional state and, thus, on a dog’s behavior, which makes the adoption process that much easier. When a dog is “interviewed” by a prospective family, behavior is key and, therefore, exercise, socialization and good health lead to a well-behaved dog.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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