Friday, September 16, 2005

Your Donations at Work

Our goal is to offer continuing support to the rescued animals, the shelters,
and the support staff by providing food, supplies and physical comforts through
the benevolence and strength of local communities.

Please continue reading to learn more about our project and our inspiration.

Donations Received:
$3,263.36
Dry Dog Food - 626 lbs
Dry Cat Food - 95 lbs
Canned Dog Food - 77
Canned Cat Food - 91
Cat Litter - 342 lbs
Crates (various sizes) - 11
Dog/Cat Beds - 6
Dog/Cat Collars - 78
Dog/Cat Leashes - 135
Dog/Cat Bowls - 62
Dog/Cat Blankets - 22
Toys (squeeky, plush, balls) - 162
Blankets/Bedding - 68
Dog Biscuits - 149lbs
Rawhide - 476
Other - shampoo, dog sweaters/coats, bird supplies, vitamins


100% of all donations will be given directly to the shelter for the benefit & health of the animals.

A Special Thank You

We extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the loving, generous citizens of Loudoun County who donated supplies and money to this cause. Whether the supplies were purchased from the store or carried lovingly from your home, they are all equally appreciated.
We would like to recognize the following organizations and individuals whose generosity far exceeded that which we could have ever imagined:
Sheriff Steve Simpson and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
Employees of the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center
Employees of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center
Conmed, Incorporated
Doggie Do Right
The Dog School
Slightly Sinful
Loudoun Veterinary Clinic
R. Aiello
S. Brittle
Dr. and Mrs. D. Rhodes
Mr and Mrs. L. Ackerman
Lt. C. Richardson
Sgt. D. Wozniak

Sunday, September 11, 2005

About us...

Our outreach was established with the animal victims of the Gulf Coast tragedy at heart; we feel it is critical not to overlook man's best friend. Our animals are family members. We know you feel the same way.

Our Mission: to offer continuing support to orphaned animals, the shelters and the support staff by providing food, supplies and physical comforts through the benevolence and strength of local communities.

Our Goals:
  • to bring help and healing to the animal victims of Hurricane Katrina
  • to support the rescuers and temporary care providers who are giving so much of themselves
  • to assist in reuniting pets with their families or placing them in new homes by providing the items essential to their physical and emotional health.
  • to make real our belief that people can be healed and hope can be restored through a relationship unlike any other, that between animal and man.

Our Story


Posted by Picasa After several hours around a picnic table discussing how we wish we could do more, we came to realize that with a little creativity, a lot of hard work, and our determined love, we could do more. Thus, the birth of the Northern Virginia Orphaned Animal Outreach, what we hope is a simple yet purposeful beginning to a lifetime of improving lives, both human and creaturely.

Our bond with our animals became a bond between coworkers and, in turn, a bond between friends. Confessions of birthday parties held for our dogs, replete with friends, hats, prizes and cake, are a few things we fear to tell strangers but delight in sharing with each other. Our sorrow at losing best friends from years past, our quick sadness at the thought of losing those we love today, and our knowledge of the profound gift each continues to be in our lives are sentiments shared and reciprocated with understanding.

When we took our pets into our homes, we thought we were saving them. Yet, in no time, they took us into their hearts and saved us from lonliness and prolonged sadness, from selfishness and stress, and even from placing too much importance on bad hair days and disappointing relationships.

While we each could convincingly argue that our pet is the most beautiful, the most intellectual or the most clownish, we know that our relationship with our friend is unique only in that it is our own. That animals are joyful, selfless and faithful has little to do with our own nature and everything to do with theirs. They can be nothing else and we would never wish for them to be.

For these reasons, we are compelled not only to save them, but also to return to them all that they freely give, all that they deserve yet do not ask of us. We anxiously await the day we depart for the temporary shelter at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with no less than a trailer full of supplies donated by you for their good keeping. By helping these victims of the storm, we diminish the devastation it caused. By rescuing them, we free them to rescue us. Won't you please join their cause by joining ours. With your help, we will make a difference.

Sincerely,

Kim & Diane
Riley, Enoch & Lucy

"Miracles are to come." - e.e. cummings

Friday, September 09, 2005

Riley


Posted by PicasaRiley is a 9 year old retriever mix. Riley loves riding in the car wearing his doggles, belly scratches and snuggling with mom, Kim. He absolutely hates taking medicine; you can't even hide it in his favorite treat, ice cream. Riley was rescued as an orphan many years ago in Florida and now lives a very happy, healthy, safe and secure life. He is a lucky boy!

"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too." - Samuel Butler

Enoch


Posted by Picasa Enoch is a fiesty, loving 2 1/2 year old doberman. He loves posing and having his picture taken. Enoch joined Diane's family at 8 weeks of age and was raised to be kind and loving to everyone. His personality will melt even the coldest heart. Enoch is a member of the Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank; he donates regularly to help others in need. www.evbb.com

"No man can be condemned for owning a dog. As long as he has a dog, he has a friend; and the poorer he gets, the better friend he has." - Will Rogers

Lucy


Posted by PicasaLucy is a 2 year old retriever mix. Before joining Diane's family, she lived quite happily on a farm with 6 other dogs, 4 horses and several goats and cows. Her adoptive family at the farm took wonderful care of her but were becoming weighed down with too many dogs. Despite losing all of her 'friends' when she moved to the 'city', Lucy adjusted beautifully and is completely in love with her new family - especially her big brother Enoch.

"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet." - Colette


**regretfully, monetary contributions are not tax deductible at this time**