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Cottontail Cottage Rabbit Rescue

When Cottontail Cottage Rabbit Rescue asked us for help in buying a pellet stove to keep the bunnies in their shelter warm during the cold Maine winters, we looked at one another and said “Rabbit rescue? In Maine?” We’re from Maine and had never heard of Cottontail Cottage – the only rabbit rescue for whole state and other parts of New England. They didn’t have to convince us that Maine was cold in the winter; we already knew that. When we saw their pictures and learned more about their programs, we were happy to help them buy a new pellet stove. Cottontail Cottage offers lecture series, hand on learning events, open houses and helps low income rabbit owners take care of their pets.

And their bunnies are too cute. We can’t wait to visit.

Zeus’ Rescues

Zeus’ Rescues is a top notch operation in New Orleans well known around the Gulf South for their efforts not only during hurricanes and floods, but for taking adoptable animals from local shelters to reduce over-crowding and decrease euthanasia. When they asked us for immediate funding to rescue dogs and cats in Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, we made an immediate decision. Their application was dated October 14, 2018 and the May HTR Foundation check to them was dated October 16, 2018.

When we visited their shelter in early November, the animals (81 of them) from Puerto Rico were safe and being prepared for adoption. Some were healthy and adorable, others were older and not so adorable, and more than a few had serious health problems, but every one of them was getting the care they needed to be able to go to their very own family.

Upper Valley Humane Society

When it comes to feral cats, the Upper Valley Humane Society has got it together. They have an excellent trap-neuter-release program and address all the needs so common in a feral cat population. While working with a colony of 20-25 cats, all the trapped animals will not only be spayed or neutered but receive comprehensive veterinary care. Many will be adopted into “barn” homes and all will have a less stressful visit to the shelter since their time there will be spent in a large outdoor enclosure rather than a small cage.

The May HTR Foundation is happy to support such professional work.

Conway Area Humane Society

The Conway Area Humane Society is partnering with three other animal organizations to address the needs of a colony of feral cats estimated to have 80-100 cats. It’s a huge job, but they have a plan and we have no doubt they will be successful. The May HTR Foundation is lucky to be able to help such a dedicated organization.

Spirits Place

Spirits Place is a relatively new organization in St. Albans, Maine whose primary mission is promoting and assisting in the spaying and neutering of feral and community cats. They also find themselves helping low income families with spay/neuter for their pets and even some medical care.

When Spirits Place asked the May HTR Foundation for help, they knew exactly what they needed to do – trap and alter that 30 cat colony, alter the seven cats that just arrived at their shelter and follow up with several colonies already spayed and neutered. We were happy to help.

HART for Animals

One of our favorite organizations is HART for Animals in Garrett County, Maryland, one of the poorest counties in the state. These intrepid folks rescue animals from local shelters to avoid euthanasia, offer free spay/neuter services to the pets of low income residents, provide humane education and have built their own shelter facility to care for the animals they rescue.

The new facility is fully operational now, but is still in need of secure, permanent fencing so that their lucky dogs can get plenty of exercise. The May HTR Foundation is delighted to contribute to HART’s efforts to raise money to finish off that last section of fencing.

Maine Federation of Humane Societies

The Maine Federation of Humane Societies is a statewide network of companion animal organizations working to support shelters and rescue groups in their missions. Their annual conference is an amazing opportunity for these groups to get to know one another, to learn from nationally known experts and to develop specific skills that will serve them well in their respective efforts.

This year’s conference will focus on “Avoiding Disaster,” from disinfection disasters to creating a disaster plan to animal intake disasters. Last year over 150 shelter and rescue staff attended and they are expecting more this year. The May HTR Foundation sees this collaborative humane education as essential to its mission and is proud to be able to offer its support.

Kennebec Valley Humane Society

The Kennebec Valley Humane Society has been around since 1927, serving the Augusta, Maine area as an open intake shelter. They are a safe haven for over 2000 animals per year and boast a 97& placement rate. That’s a lot of homes for a lot of animals and they should be proud of their work.

When they asked for funds are to help pet owners who can least afford it spay and neuter their cats in an effort to reduce the number of cats coming to the shelter, the May HTR Foundation was were happy to help.

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Mutts and Mittens Manor Rescue and Transport

Mutts and Mittens in Conway South Carolina, has a soft spot for the underdog, or cat, and focuses their rescue efforts toward those animals that don’t typically fare well in shelters – animals with ringworm, heartworms or mange; pregnant mothers; young puppies and kittens and seniors, among others. Working with 9 high volume shelters in their area, they took 442 animals into their care in 2016.

The heartworm positive dogs were costly to Mutts and Mittens, with at least 20% of their total budget for the year going to the treatment of these dogs. In an effort to lower the high incidence of heartworms in their area, they asked us for funds to hold community education programs in partnership with two of their local shelters to raise awareness of the problem.

With a prevention focus, these events offered the community FREE heartworm tests, informational booklets and discounted preventative. The May HTR Foundation was pleased to be able to help Mutts and Mittens with such a worthy effort.

Assistance Canine Training Services

Our friends at Assistance Canine Training Services recently asked for help to purchase a scale – something they needed to become a fully certified member of Assistance Dogs International. Their volunteers work hard to train the best service dogs possible and we were happy to help them achieve the recognition they deserve.