A Helping Paw's last 'open' day at our current location was crazy, even including a duck rescue.
See the story below:
Deborah E Frank with Shadow
Deborah Frank: Deborah had numerous interests from outdoor activities to music but her greatest passion outside of family was animals. A lifelong pet owner, Deborah had a profound love of animals, especially cats, dogs and dolphins. She became fascinated with the American bison after seeing them up close and personal in Kansas. Deborah was active in supporting battered women’s shelters and no-kill animal shelters in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Deb always rooted for the underdog so with close family ties to Cape Cod and a desire to make a positive impact on a small shelter, her family has chosen A Helping Paw Humane Society as the place for her friends and family to honor her memory.
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A Helping Paw Humane Society chosen 1 of three Ma, shelters in Aremen's "Biking for Animals" tour 2013.
The tour has ended: A Helping Paw would like to thank Armen for making us part of his life-saving journey.
Battling to Save Their Lives
There is never a day off when it comes to saving lives...each and everyday we face the reality of pets in desperate need of our help. Knowing that every situation is urgent - with precious lives at stake - we must act quickly. if we don't act quickly they risk losing their lives.They are crying out for help, knowing we may be their last hope.
They desperately need your help! With so many people facing financial struggles, donations are at an all time low, leaving us tragically underfunded. Our medical fund to treat all new arrivals is nearly depleted. These pets have suffered greatly - neglect, starvation, abuse - loving and precious - they don't deserve to lose their lives. All they ask is for a second chance, a chance to feel loved, safe and secure. Please, please reach deep into your heart and make the most generous donation you can. Please do it today, many of these pets can't wait until tomorrow. Imagine, just one minute of your time to make a donation may give a pet another 15 years in a new loving home.
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Every year millions of $$ are spent housing unwanted cats & kittens, it's estimated that 70% of them will be destroyed.
It can cost a shelter $100 or more to care for just 1 cat or kitten.Yet, for $50 we can spay 1 female cat and ultimately prevent 100's more from ever needing to go to shelters. Animal shelters are supposed to be to protect abused and stray pets. Sadly, they are becoming the dumping ground for people who simply no longer want their pets. With so many unwanted pets why would anyone allow their pet to have more!
A Helping Paw is taking vital steps to give them their lives back!
Please send your donations to:
A Helping Paw/ Box 387, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Who we are:
Our volunteers are a dedicated bunch with one thing in common - they adore homeless pets and want to be active in saving lives. Our volunteers backgrounds are as unique as they are - many have been forced into early retirement due to medical issues - instead of sitting at home they share their time with us , giving back to the community. Some are much younger and required to complete community service, at the same time sharing a deep respect for our furry friends. Others are in the managerial field and either manage corportations or own their own businesses. We've had everyone from RNA's to self published writers and everyone between.
While most organization have full-time staff members to run their organziations and use volunteers as 'helpers'. Our volunteers help us "RUN' our organization.
Please thank them for their generous gift to our pets!
Volunteers may come and volunteers may go, but each and every one leaves paw prints to always be remembered...Thank You to all who have touched the lives of animals
Want to help us raise funds for homeless pets? You can - come volunteer in our re-sale shop! Share your talents with our pets and have fun speaking with other pet lovers.
*A note from our founder:
Often times I'm asked, what got you started in animal rescue?" Many years ago, driving home from work, I spotted an orange tabby cat dart in front of the car in front of me. They had plenty of time to apply the breaks or gently swerve, but they didn't. The cat was tossed into the air and landed on the side of the road. Not once did the driver look back - they left the cat like garbage on the side of the road. I placed the injured stray on my passenger seat and rushed to the nearest vet. The stray cried out, not so much in pain but more so in attempts to communicate. I knew he was dying - he knew he was dying. Not having the thousands required just to stabablize the cat, he was put out of his suffering. It broke my heart - not because this life couldn't be saved - but more so at how many people treat these precious animals like garbage. I did the best I could, for 45 minutes this cat did have someone who cared enough. So many more cats and kittens suffer just like him - they try to survive on the streets. Most people ignore them, some will pick up the phone looking for a shelter to 'come get them' - if the shelter doesn't have enough volunteers or money - the cats or kittens are just left there. I'm no different than anyone out there - I have a family, my own personal pets and a job. The only difference may be is over 15 years ago I chose to take an active role in saving lives by becoming a full-time, volunteer and you can too. A Helping Paw was founded on the idea that it takes much more than a shelter to save lives - it takes a community.
Please join us by volunteering, donating and or adopting - join our family!
Felines Fighting For Their Lives
So much has changed over the years since AHP was founded. You no longer see "FREE" puppy ads - dogs now have value, actually so much so that people now make a living as dog transporters.
Our feline friends have yet to enjoy the luxury of being valued. Sadly, we've only seen it get worse for our adoring feline friends. Cats far out weigh dogs as the number 1 pet euthanized at our shelters by a very large margin. They are also most likely to be left abandoned on the streets forcing them to live a horrible life of fear and hunger. And many heartless people who acquire free kittens refuse to spay/neuter them, feeling the cat isn't worth it. After all, if the cat has kittens, they can just keep one of the kittens and dump the cat.
Cats share the same emotions and devotion to their owners that dogs do, by nature they simply express it differently. They are not pack animals so they don't need to 'bow down' to the leader and become submissive. When a cat shows its emotions to a human, these are raw, true emotions - out of real adoration. Sadly, few cat keepers take the time to really bond with their cats so their kitty may not feel truly adored and choose to remain very independent. Anyone who spends a great deal of time with their cat quickly learns you can 'read' each other - no words needed, just like our K-9 companions.
More than ever these precious animals need your support, they are crying out for help please Don't turn your back on them. Please join us in our efforts to rescue as many as we can. Often times it takes small efforts from many that make the biggest difference!
It feels so good to save - especially to the life we've saved!
A truly special thank you to those who continue to provide support. It warms our hearts and helps us to know we are not alone in this battle to save lives. Often times it does feel like a battle and we get bumped, bruised and scarred along the way. We've faced things so sad and heartbreaking they will never leave our memories. But, along the way we've seen so many, many miracles that help lessen the pain. Pets that have survived horrific abuse, now wag their tails or purr in our ears. Pets once so emaciated and left for dead, now lick the faces of their new pet parents. Kittens in the wild too fearful to play, now romp and chase their siblings - safe and sound.
How they can give unconditional love after all they have been through can teach us that acts of kindness can heal the soul.
FUN day for the pets. Photographer Heather Lynn came to do a photo shoot of the pets! She had a great time, taking over 200 shots of our adoptable pets. And the pets loved all the extra attention! These are just a few of her shots, join us at facebook.com/ahelping.paw to see more!
Make A Difference - Donate Today!
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*Note: Paypal does take a small portion of your donation - if you are making a donation of $100 or more you can make sure the pets get every penny by mailing to the above address.
Or A Helping Paw, Box 387, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Why is spay/neuter so important?
Each year millions of dollars are spent housing stray, unwanted pets, only to be destroyed when homes can't be found. It is a vicious cycle - born only to suffer and be destroyed. You've seen the commercials, you've seen the photos - millions of dollars are spent advertising these pets so you can see the faces that suffer. Sadly, if people didn't see their faces they wouldn't feel the need to help. Wouldn't it be wiser to prevent the suffering and deaths in the first place?
Imagine for a moment what could happen if we took that same millions and used it for spay/neuter instead. One unaltered pet leads to thousands more in their life-time. Imagine if we altered thousands and thousands of pets - millions of lives would be spared. Ultimately spay/neuter is the wiser choice, it has the ability to finally put an end to this crisis - it is cheaper to alter one pet than it is to destroy thousands. Animal sheltering has become big business - lets make it small business again - it's time for a change - we need you to help make that change.
*Did you know? According to our statistics, over 90% of the cats and kittens abused, neglected, abandoned to the streets or surrendered have not been altered? Why could this be? It's simple - there is such an overflow of them they are easy for anyone to obtain. People who don't plan on providing even basic vet care seek out FREE kittens. Owners who don't alter their pets allow litter after litter giving them away for free to anyone who will take one. Chances are these people won't alter them and the cycle continues. We can easily reduce the neglect, abuse and deaths simply by reducing their numbers so they aren't so easy to obtain.
If it's that simple then why is it not being done? The best answer may be, people are more likely to support the photos of sad faces than they are a spay/neuter program. With a spay/neuter program you don't see the sad faces, and that's exactly the point - no sad faces, no suffering!
In Loving Memory
I remember the call "I have three baby kittens starving and scared under my porch. I can't go near them, what do I do?" These calls are all too frequent. As hungry as they were, these little guys were 'trouble'. It took our volunteers over a week to catch them. Sadly, many organizations will take the kittens leaving mom to have more, we took the extra effort to catch and spay mom as well - ending the cycle. Frannie hissed and spit, fearful of humans for the first few weeks. Slowly she began to purr and loved the attention. The fear washed from her eyes. Being a bit shy with strangers, few potential adopters would give her a second look - until a few weeks ago when she was finally adopted. Tragically, the family suffered a home fire, Frannie and two other beloved pets lost their lives. Everyone at AHP is heartbroken - when you care for a pet so long, they feel like one of your own. In addition, we feel it is a cruel twist of fate that Frannie finally went to the most incredible home only to have her life snatched from her. We are forever thankful to her new mom and dad - as in the last few years they were the only ones that truly cared enough to give her a home. Unlike all the other cats now trying to survive on our streets, once kittens like her, who will never ever have a 'real' home. Frannie was blessed with the gift of having a true home. Our hearts and warmest wishes are with this family as they try to recover from such a horrible tragedy. Furthermore, as they say - out of sght out of mind - many more kittens just like Frannie suffer to survive on our streets. Without intervention, most perish - the few that do survive go on to have more. The cycle of suffering continues. We are collecting donations in Frannie's name to rescue other kittens trying to survive on the streets. Simply click on the donation button above or mail to : A Helping Paw/ Frannie, Box 387, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.
Please note that due to recent changes to the Petfinder site we are unable to keep our pages updated. Until these issues are resolved please visit our 'adoptable pet' page directly for all new pet arrivals!
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No amount is ever too little. With a substantial amount of income lost over the last four months because of the move - we need to all work together, spread the word, and get this onderful no-kill shelter back on its feet - every penny counts and can be the difference between life or death for so many animals left homeless in this poor economy. These pets need you, it is the best gift you can give: LIFE!
These gorgeous animals are so deserving. Please don't turn your back on them.
Donations can be made thru PayPal, right here on our site or mailed to A Helping Paw, Box 387, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.
Community Involvement is What It Is All About!
Working with and for the community to STOP the killing!
Anonymous ~ Geri Paxton - Long life, Good health, Hapiness & Love ~ Maria - In memory of Rayne ~ Maria - In memory of Henry ~ Malvina - Best wishes from Bosco & Buri ~ Joan McCarthy - In memory of Pumpkin ~ Pony - 3/9/09 ~ Karen King - For Minnie ~ Karen King - For Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary ~ Sharon Martin - In Memory of: Pepper, Princess, Amanda & Luther ~ Ingeborg - In memory of all my pets ~ Sheila Perry - In memory of our beloved "Mickey" ~
Sad Fate For Our Feline Friends
People are moving abandoning their cats leaving them to fend for themselves. Many of these cats haven't been altered leading to countless litters now growing up in our neighborhoods. This has lead to an enormous feline epidemic of homelessness - one which is causing all cat shelters to be overwhelmed. To add to the problem, only a small majority of people take cat ownership seriously. It has been estimated that only about 1/3 of cats will remain in their homes for life. These are very sad statistics. Easy to come by for FREE, often times people take in a cat without making a commitment to that cat. According to our statistics, less than 50% of found or free cats are NOT altered, in fact, many don't receive any vet care at all. These unaltered cats are ultimately leading to the deaths of thousands of cats waiting for homes at shelters accross MA, as they produce litter after litter of kittens.
To make matters worse, few so called cat lovers are truly commited to the cats they keep. Fluffy was adorable and fun as a kitten, but as Fluffy gets older he now goes on the counters, scratches the furniture and eats the houseplants. Fluffy has become an aggravation and quickly dumped at an animal shelter for doing what cats do naturally. A recent call only confirms the lack of respect owners have for heir cats. A woman was frustrated statinghe cat needs to go NOW! It seems the house has gone through many changes over the last few months causing much stress on the cat - the cat now is pooping outside the litter box - a definite sign of stress. Instead of giving the cat sometime and trying to help it through this difficult period, the woman simply wants the cat gone. This cat needs this woman's understanding and patience. When this cat needs her most she simply wants to dump it on someone else. These stories are much too frequent - when cats begin behaving in a way humans deem innapropriate, we simply abandon them. I guess the word 'commitment' means only while things are going well, when things start going wrong kitty gets thrown out the door right along with any commitment. The most interesting thing is people will tolerate 'bad' behavior from their dogs. We laugh and share stories about our puppies peeing in our shoes or our dog eating our car seats, yet kitty breaks a vase and out he goes. Is it possible people have more respect for dogs because they greet us at the door wagging their tails and they obey our commands while kitties rarely obey us, generally do as they please and most often boss us around? Are we truly a society that feels we need to be the boss? Very sad for people who give up on their cats so easily. Creative parents know that each year our child throws a new phase at us, just when we master the first one things change. We don't throw our hands up with frustration and dump our kids on the neighbor's porch (well, most of us don't anyway) we respect our children and deal with any issues the best we can. Doesn't our cat deserve the same respect? Though cats are deemed domesticated, they have truly retained their wild instincts. Keeping a cat is like having a small version of a tiger in your home. If living with something that will eat your houseplants, scratch your furniture, throw up furballs on your couch, sleep on your counters or swats at you when you give it a bum rub bothers you - DON'T get a cat!
For those of you who enjoy living with a 'piece' of the wild, we are now offering Marc Marone's Cat Keeper book free with every adoption. This book helps keep cats in their homes by helping us humans learn why our cats do what they do and how it is our JOB to be creative to reduce any issues so our cat can enjoy a life-long home.
With so many cats left unwanted, we hope you will help us keep cats in their home by sponsoring a book for $10. each. Book sponsorships can be sent o A Helping Paw, Box 387, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532, please note book sponsor on your donation.
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A Helping Paw Important Facts!
There seems to be some confusion about our organization - and obviously I can understand why: A Helping Paw is truly, one-of-a-kind! We are the only full-service animal society that also runs a thrift shop from the same location. Many people wrongly think we own our building - false, sadly this is our 5th building in 10 yrs. Unlike the majority of the large shelters who do own their buildings, we are at the mercy of a monthly lease. Knowing it is vital to provide the public and homeless pets with a full-service facility that is open 5 days a week, we obviously need a building - in order to cover the costs (lease, electricty and heat, (by the way we pay a higher commercial rate for all utilities) we sell items donated by pet lovers at our re-sale shop to off-set some of these expenses. What most people forget is that our volunteers are technically running two businesses at the same time - double the work. This is why we ask that anyone wishing to visit with our dogs, must set up an appointment. Many people have asked why they can't just drop in - chances are we'd have at least 6-10 people a day drop in 'just looking', each of these visits would take 10 minutes, that's over an hour per day! I wish we had that much time to spare each day and that the only thing we had to do all day was to visit with people, but until we own our own building, we must run the thrift shop for the extra income. Our entire goal has been to continue to run this organization as a full-service facility - working together daily with the public to improve the lives of animals. So many people call us thanking us for help and assistance, stating that they called many other places and either they were closed or their calls hadn't been returned. We take calls from everywhere! We even recently received a call from California! Needless to say we also have thousands of vistors who simply drop in that we've also assisted. Our goal is still to raise enough money to purchase our own building wich would give us so much more time to do what we love doing most - working with the pets and people - but for now we appreciate and thank all of you for your understanding as we struggle to provide valuable services to the community: shelter and care to countless homeless pets; adoption and matching services that ensures adopters find the right pet for their family; owned pet placement services that allows preapproved pet owners to surrender their pets to a place they can feel secure knowing that will take the extra time and effort to find the right home for their pet; low-cost spay/neuter certificates to low-income pet owners; FREE cat & dog food through our pet food pantry for those pet owners struggling with bills; rehabilitation services to homeless pets that need just a little extra care and understanding so they can be placed in homes; and as always, education and information to any and all of your pet-related questions, regardless if it's about a homeless pet or even your own personal pet, though we don't have all the answers, we are always happy to try and or find other resources that may help. WOW! Now, that's a busy day! Please thank all of our kind donors for making this all possible.
Thank you to our new pet parents who have helped us save more lives by adopting a pet from our humane society!
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Join A Helping Paw at leading this life-saving effort "Pets n' Crisis"
We all know the economy is poor. But did you know it is the direct cause of the deaths of more cats and kittens than usual? As more and more people lose their homes, more cats and kittens are turned in to shelters that are already overfull. To make matters worse, fewer people are adopting. Can you blame them? Everyone is cracking down on their spending and adopting a cat or kitten is the last thing they are thinking about. This surely has become a tragic problem for every shelter. A Helping Paw has the solution - We CAN increase adoptions in this poor economy by reducing adoption fees and making it more affordable to adopt. Problem is, we can't do it unless, you, the public supports this wonderful life-saving effort. Adoption fees only cover medical care. When we do an adoption, that fee goes directly back into medical care to help the next pet. So as you can see we can't lower fees unless we have your financial help because we won't have enough money to provide medical care to another pet. With the public's help and donations, we can reduce the adoption fee of a pet, and still have enough money to help the next pet in need. We've already proved that we can increase adoptions in this extremely poor economy now all we need is generous public support. With your donation of $25 or more we can save many more lives preventing these pets from ending up in already over burdened kill shelters. Every single donation is helping save the life of a precious cat or kitten. Please, please help these precious animals, sponsor an adoption today. You can even choose wich cat or kitten you would like to sponsor, just choose from our adoptable pet list. If you or your business would like to be named as their special sponsor please let us know, otherwise we will assume you would like to remain anonymous. Please make donations out to: A Helping Paw (Cats n' Crisis). Trust me, you will feel great knowing you saved a kitty and made it possible for them to get a great home.
Volunteers Are TRUE Livesavers ~ Come join us!
Volunteering to help homeless pets is so rewarding! You can see it in their eyes they are content. For many this is the first time they truly feel safe and secure. Come join us and help us help more pets in need. Morning cleaners always needed - come work with the pets in their cage-free rooms, though we warn you, it can be a bit of a challenge at times as we have many super curious pets! Cleaning isn't for you? That's OK, we have plenty of things to keep you busy and help support the pets: we always need: grant writers; re-sale shop pricers and display help; people to hang posters at area shops; people to bring our pets to meet & greets at local pet stores; people who can transport pets to medical appointments and on and on. Please come in to fill out a volunteer form and tell us more about how you can help pets. Even an hour a week makes all the difference! Reliable people only please. Great way to learn more about what it takes to save these precious pets. College bound students WELCOME!
Can you imagine I have been at the shelter for over a year? I came in as a baby and I've grown up here. I was rescued from a life on the streets and though I've made this my home and feel relaxed here, I tend to become nervous again in new places. I need someone who will understand that it will take me a while to adjust in my new home. I'll probably hide under the sofa for a week or two, but with your love and patience I will become a loyal friend. I want attention and love, but with so many new people coming and going it is hard for me to trust. Consider adopting one of my 'special' friends like me, for a great adoption deal.
When YOU don't SPAY it's the pets that pay...
Everyone thinks working at a shelter must be so much fun. It is one of the most emotionally and physically draining jobs one could do and with very little respect from the public.
The frustration of watching pets suffer simply because their caregivers didn't care enough to have their pets altered is horrific. People think "what's the big deal, people love kittens, I'll find homes for all mine." Put aside the fact that there are already thousands of kittens being killed each year in shelters because of lack of good homes. Consider the suffering these animals go through. All too often we take in a litter of kittens who are born to moms who aren't even healthy enough to care for themselves. Many times we take in a mom and babies the owner stating they can't keep the cat because she simply won't stop getting pregnant. They laugh that she's on her forth litter of the year. Mom's resources are completely drained, her body never been given time to recover, and now she's expected to care for yet another litter. Mom is in poor condition and we have to boost her the best we can just so she will survive in hopes she will be strong enough to care for her babies. Many times mom's body is in such a weak state, the kittens begin to suffer. Though we intervene the best we can, these kittens are already in a frail state. Our volunteers spend hour after hour, day after day trying to keep the kittens going long enough for their bodies to respond to the nutrition we are offering them. Many times, just when we think they are going to make it, the kittens take a turn for the worst. Their little bodies finally unable to fight anymore. We watch as they take their last breath and their suffering ends. Sick to our stomachs that no matter how hard we worked it wasn't enough. Remembering the owner who laughed and showed absolutely no respect for the pet they took in. Yes, the pets PAY when you don't spay.
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Every wonder what happened to the 6 kittens you gave away FREE...
- was hit by a car
- was euthanized at a shelter along with over 80% of all cats at shelters
- was eaten by a coyote
- died of medical problems because the owner was too cheap to take it to a vet
- was killed by the neighbor's dog
- is still living with a loving family.
Less than 25% of the cats and or kittens given away free wind up in permanent homes. Over 90% of the cats and kittens we take in were obtained for free by a friend, family member or through the newspaper. Don't let your cat litter, spay today!
- We have given out over $30,000 in spay/neuter assistance
- We have made it affordable for low-income pet owners to alter their pets
- We have offered free spay/neuter to people who care for ferals
- We provide many area classrooms with the award winning publication Kind News
- We have rescued hundreds of stray cats and kittens from our streets
- We have drastically reduced the feral population in our area
- We have prevented thousands of kittens from being born to our streets
- We offer daily support to pet owners who have questions about their pets
- We have provided a resource for people unable to keep their pets
- We have given out hundreds of pounds of free pet food to less fortunate pet owners
Thank you volunteers and financial donors for all that you have done to improve the lives of animals and the people who love them.
We welcome most items for our thrift shop, but please keep in mind due to limited space we request that all items have a value of $5. or more. The more value an item has the more money we can raise for the pets.
Matresses, computers and monitors must be 2008 or newer, no black & white TV's, all electronics must look new and be working perfectly, no medical supplies such as walkers, crutches etc., no golf clubs, no baby items, no toys unless like new and complete.
Items should be dropped off during open hours. Please do NOT leave items outside. They will be stolen.
Wareham Wal-Mart $500.
Home Depot Wareham $25 gift card
Shaws Wareham - $50 gift card
Wal-mart Raynham - $500.
Sept- Dec - Over $12,500 for our building fund.
Sept. $300. from the Cape for our building fund.
Aug. $600. from a special friend for medical care
A special THANK YOU to Tessa & Jill. Mom donated all of her earnings from her yard sale to our pets. And little Tessa at only 2 1/2 years old, donated all of her change which totaled $50. Our pets are very lucky to have such special friends.
Thank you to ThriftShopper.com for helping promote our thrift shop.
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Special thanks to our media friends:
Wareham Courier - has helped us place 100's of pets!
The Pet Gazette
The Pet Zone
Their efforts make it possible to save more lives
Mattapoisett Animal Hospital: www.mattapoisettanimalhospital.com/
Animal Health Clinic - Trowbridge Rd, Bourne -
Marion Animal Hospital Marion
Pet Partners - http://www.petpartnersne.org/
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