One of A Kind Education
If you are ever behind the scenes at One of A Kind Pet Rescue, you know that what we do is non-stop. It is a constant, fast-paced environment of essential work. Each year, we rescue, heal, and adopt over 4,000 cats and dogs. To accomplish this task, we must collaborate.
Do you remember the song “What’s New Pussycat?” Though Tom Jones was referring to his love interest in this 1966 classic, we here at One of A Kind Pets are more interested in the love interests between actual kitty cats this time of year, and how their love for one another directly affects our rescue and clinic.
For those that may not know, in July of 2021 we found ourselves in desperate need of a veterinarian to treat and prescribe medications to our rescues. Though Dr. Melanie Butera already had a full-time schedule, she came forward and chose to spend the little free time she had, visiting our rescue and treating our furry friends.
After all the calculations are done, the final number of adoptions to take place at One of A Kind Pet Rescue in 2021 was 4,184. Even those of us who are in the thick of it day after day are surprised and impressed by this number. Allow us to put things into perspective a bit.
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate an entire month! Contrary to what some may think, Pit Bull Terriers are a very loving, affectionate breed. Let’s dispel the misinformation and reveal how truly wonderful these fur babies really are.
So many people apply to our organization because they want to work with puppies and kittens every day. Few genuinely understand the complexity of the task and the physical demands of the environment.
Saturday evening a staff member exited our back employee door at 5:45 to find a box that appeared to be garbage. It was a Miller beer case that would normally hold 30 cans. Upon further inspection, she found the tiniest, fuzziest, kittens all squirming around within the box.
We are often asked why we charge adoption fees, and how they are established. Many do not understand why we have adoption fees when we are, “just a shelter.” Others have encouraged their peers to adopt from the animal control facilities (pounds) rather from us, where the fees are much less. We absolutely support that, and we want to explain why.
Did you know that fundraising is the primary way in which we pay our staff and care for our pets? As a non-profit, every dollar of revenue earned, and every dollar donated is re-invested into our mission of saving pets in imminent danger.
We were recently asked if we have experienced an increase in pet returns since society is returning to work after the pandemic closures. The answer is no. We were delighted to report that returns have not increased over past years. But what have we seen?
We are experiencing a great deal of change at One of A Kind, and we would like to share some of it with our loyal followers, supporters, and adopters. These changes are encompassing all aspects of our rescue mission and we are doing our best to continue to move forward.
In Northeast Ohio, the slightest glimpse of warm weather creates a great longing for summer vacation. It is becoming increasingly more popular to include our pets on family vacations, as they are members of the family after all. Whether or not to include your pet on vacation is something to consider in your plans.
From the beginning, the vision of One of A Kind Pet Rescue has been to create a no-kill society where every cat and dog has a loving home. To achieve this, it is important to understand what is meant by the terms no-kill and euthanasia.
Most dog owners are aware of the annual vaccinations such as Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, but many are not aware of illnesses and parasites that our dogs can contract that are not protected by vaccines? Coccidia, Giardia, and worms are just a few of the parasites that are common and found near all of us.
We are so very fortunate to have the followers and supporters that we do. We are often asked what we need most. Although it changes with the season or events taking place, the following items are always in need at both the adoption center and our spay & neuter clinic.
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