EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: Raffle Donation Request: Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue, NM

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Raffle Donation Request: Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue, NM

Dear Etsy for Animals,

My name is Liz Moskow and I am a volunteer for Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue in Albuquerque, NM. 

I am trying to put together a raffle to raise money for our group. I am contacting you in the hopes that you may have a member or members who would consider making a donation to our efforts. My goal is to have each item/items/basket be valued at around $50 or more, but I would, of course, be pleased to accept anything you would like to donate.

I'd like to have all donations in by the end of this month (February) and then begin photographing them and make the display table.  Then I will begin ramp up publicity on our FB page, then sell tickets and likely do winner draws on April 12th.  That's my rough plan.  I am going to have an impartial person - a friend's little girl - wear a Weimaraner mask and pull the winning tickets and photograph the entire thing for FB.

I am sending requests to businesses who make dog related products, but also to companies who simply make interesting or unique or beautiful items.

What do YOU get out of this effort?

1. The knowledge that you helped support abandoned, abused, & neglected dogs get the medical & emotional help they need so that they can be placed in loving forever homes.

2. Your business will be highly publicized on our Facebook page as we promote the raffle. We currently have well over 4000 likes, but we grow every day. AND our fans are not only in NM. In fact, we have fans in almost every state in the US as well as all over Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc. They are very loyal - our posts average over 200 likes, sometimes 500-700, with many, many comments.

3. Any donation you make is fully tax deductible, as we are a registered non-profit 501(c)(3).

What is different about 
Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue?

1. We are an incredibly small group with just a handful of volunteers struggling to help all of the Weimaraners in need in NM - and there are many! In over 4 years we have taken in and re-homed over 200 Weimaraners needing rescue in New Mexico. NM ranks 46 among the 50 states for Animal Protection Laws. Even purebred dogs like Weimaraners who end up in shelters in NM usually have less than 20% chance of being saved without rescue's willingness to pull them. Euthanasia rates in shelters across the state are higher than 75%.

2. Unlike many rescues, we take in dogs outside of our coverage area. We have taken in dozens of dogs from states across the US, typically special-needs and dogs other rescues would deem less adoptable because of appearance or health concerns. We believe strongly that these animals are worth helping and we have had great success placing them in loving homes. Unlike other breed specific rescues, we sometimes take in dogs of other breeds or mixes who need our help when other rescues are unable to help them. 

3. When one of our dogs enters rescue, it is immediately vetted (vaccines, HW test, dewormed, microchipped & anything else it needs) and then goes to a loving foster home (we do not board dogs). Puppies are spayed/neutered between six and nine months of age and not before, and adult dogs are usually given a bit of time to adjust to foster care before being put under anesthesia for spay/neuter or other surgeries.  We elect to have prophylactic gastropxies done on most of our dogs during spay and neuter, a procedure that is much more costly for rescue but helps lessen the chance of GDV (torsion) by 90% down the road because this is so very common in Weimaraners and life-threatening when it happens.

Sometimes we have dogs who have not been as socialized as we'd like, so we put them through obedience classes and some dogs become patients of the behavioral veterinarian we work with.  We take in many special-needs dogs and so we use the expertise of board-certified surgeons and specialists as well. We go to great lengths to meet every medical, emotional & social need of every dog so that each one is set up for success when it is adopted.  We easily spend between $1K and $10K on each dog, depending on the severity of the medical issues it comes in with.

4. We do not only place dogs in NM. We accept applications from all over the country as long as the applicant is willing to come to NM to pick up the dog by car (we do not put dogs on commercial planes).

5. When dogs are adopted, we send the dogs on their way with information on all kinds of products we believe in and use, including but not limited to food, supplements, bedding, toys, accessories, or artwork Weimaraners and their owners might enjoy.

If you would like to learn more about us, please visit our FB page: www.facebook.com/TickledPinkWeimaranerRescue

If you would be interested in donating an item for the raffle, I would be happy to discuss the details with you and answer any questions you may have. The dogs and I thank you so very much for considering my request!

Liz Moskow

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