SUCCESS STORIES

 

We work with so many wonderful people and have countless success stories to share.  Here are a few of the more recent ones that touched our hearts.
 

 

Meet Rose and her kitty, Tiga. Rose and her family had been doing well financially, until her daughter had an accident and had to have brain surgery, which resulted in $200,000 in medical bills. Rose's daughter needed a lot of care and Rose subsequently lost her job. During this time, a female stray cat had kittens in the neighborhood. Rose was able to help get all of the kittens adopted except for Tiga, the beautiful Siamese mix that her daughter loved so much. This past weekend, Rose's neighbor reached out requesting help because Tiga was drooling and very lethargic...just barely moving. Rose knew something was wrong, but didn't know what to do because she couldn't afford to take him to the vet. With the help of Rose's neighbor, they got Tiga to a vet to get treatment for his condition.  After he recovered, Daisy's Hope Foundation paid for Tiga to get neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. We also were able to bring Rose and Tiga some much needed pet food and supplies to help their family during this time of need.

                       

 

Meet Chris and Linda, a homeless family living on the streets in Colton. They are down on their luck after Chris lost his long-term job in auto industry. They have two dogs that they love very much – Hoss and Lady. Hoss is 14-years old and they’ve had him since he was a puppy. Chris and Linda recently rescued Lady from someone who was repeatedly abusing and hurting Lady. Even with their lack of resources, they took Lady in and cared for her. Once we found out about their situation, we were able to help Lady get spayed and vaccinated, and help Hoss with a medical exam as well. Working with other rescuers and community members, Chris and Linda also received food and other supplies. They were very grateful and thanked everyone. We are happy to have been a part of helping this family.


 

Say hello to Chloe & Pablo  They, too, are homeless in Colton with their owners, Christina & Jeff. Christina and Jeff love their dogs very much.  We were able to help Chloe get spayed and vaccinated. It was discovered that Pablo has seizures so Pablo was able to get some much needed blood work and it was advised not to neuter him due to the anesthesia. Community members and other rescuers provided Christina and Jeff with supplies and food as well.


 

It was late on a Friday night when our co-founder Jennifer, stumbled across a for sale ad online of a young, pregnant cat. The poster of the ad was asking $30 for her cat. Jennifer immediately reached out to the poster asking if she would release the cat to a rescue for free after informing the poster of the dangers of selling a pregnant kitty online. The poster agreed and subsequently disclosed that the cat also had been hit by a car and had a broken pelvis and surgery.was not an option because she couldn't afford it. She also advised that the cat lived outdoors. This became an emergency situation and the wheels were set in motion to find a safe place and funding for this cat, as it was possible she wouldn't be able to give birth without losing her babies or her own life. On Sunday morning, Jennifer received word that an established rescue was willing to take her in and so Jennifer went to pick up the momma-to-be and met transporter, Maria Madrigal, halfway to rescue.

UPDATE: She was taken to the vet the following Monday morning and proceeded to go into labor that afternoon. She delivered five kittens, three of which were stillborn. Fortunately, her pelvis was not broken but it is dislocated. Her name is Gabby, after the vet tech who stayed with her during the birthing process. Gabby and her two healthy babies are headed to a foster home to recover and until the kittens are weaned. Then Gabby goes in for surgery.

 

Daisy's Hope Foundation was able to contribute to the cost of Gabby's spay and her surgery.

UPDATE: On June 22, 2016, Momma Gaby had recovered and was adopted into a loving home with the help of MeowzResQ. 

 OUR FIRST OUTREACH EVENT AT ROCK CHURCH FOOD BANK ON MAY 19, 2016
 
As we were setting up, an elderly woman approached our table and asked what we were doing. We explained that we were here to help people with pet food and supplies. She said  she was on a fixed income of less than $200 a month so she was grateful for the assistance. She said she had a puppy because she didn't have any family, and the puppy is her reason for getting up in the morning. Jennifer asked if the puppy needed vaccinations and spay or neuter, because we could help her with that too. The woman paused…and began crying, and said, “You would do that for me?” And we told her, absolutely, we are here to help. As she left we looked at each other and we were all a little teary eyed…and it only confirmed that we were in the right place, doing the right thing. 

For more than two straight hours, we served a total of 105 people with 265 dogs/puppies and 85 cats/kittens, and 1 pig.

We passed out 127 bags of dog/puppy food, 103 cans of dog/puppy food, 37 bags of dog treats, pee pads, collars, harnesses, leashes, collars, toys, bowls, and sweaters. In addition, we passed out 48 bags of kitten/cat food, 183 cans of kitten/cat food, 22 jugs of litter, toys, collars, scratchers, and treats. At the end, we only had a handful of canned cat food left.

We handed out informational sheets about the benefits of spay/neutering, assistance with vet bills, and signed up 16 dogs for spay/neuter and 8 dogs and cats for vaccinations and microchip.

All in all, it was an amazing, yet humbling day where we met so many kind and thankful pet owners who are struggling to make ends meet. This is the beginning of something great…helping people and helping animals. Thank you for Shelby Madere for volunteering – we couldn’t have done it without you! A very special thank you to the PetSmart stores in Upland, Santa Barbara, and Goleta for your pet food and supply donations. And thank you to all of our donors and supporters – you really help us make a difference!

If you would like to donate so we can continue our pet food bank, please click on the DONATE tab above.  If you would like to volunteer at our next outreach (June 16th from 7am to 10am), please contact us.

   
The Rock Church Food Bank is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at 2345 S. Waterman Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92408, (909) 825-8887.  It is the largest food bank distribution site in San Bernardino County and feeds up to 800 families a week. Daisy’s Hope Foundation will be participating on the third Thursday of every month.
 
 
 
    
 
 
OUR JUNE 16TH, 2017 OUTREACH EVENT AT ROCK CHURCH FOOD BANK  

COMMUNITY OUTREACH WAS A SUCCESS!

Even with the heat, there seemed to be more people in attendance this time. Time after time we heard stories of pets in need...pet owners who want to do the right thing with spaying and neutering their pets...but just need the financial assistance to do it.

We were fortunate to have more volunteers this time, which allowed us to be more efficient and reduce the wait times. For over 2-1/2 hours, we served a total of 148 pet owners (an increase of about 30% from last time) with 319 dogs/puppies and 164 cats/kittens, and 1 parrot.

We passed out 167 bags of dog/puppy food, 130 cans of dog/puppy food, 38 bags of dog treats, pee pads, collars, harnesses, leashes, beds, and toys. In addition, we passed out 52 bags of kitten/cat food, 292 cans of kitten/cat food, 22 jugs of litter, toys, collars, scratchers, and treats.

This time we left with zero food and supplies - everything was given away.

We handed out informational sheets about the benefits of spay/neutering, assistance with vet bills, and signed up 29 dogs and cats for spay/neuter and 10 pets that needed their vaccinations.

It was a very impactful day and we are looking forward to our next event on July 21st. The kindness and appreciativeness of pet owners make it all worth while. We know they are truly in need.

A great big thank you to Shelby Madere, Glynnis Ellis, and Darlene Deluca for volunteering – we couldn’t have done it without you! A very special thank you to the PetSmart stores in Upland, Santa Barbara, and Goleta for your pet food and supply donations. And thank you to our family of donors and supporters – you really help us make a difference in the lives of struggling pet owners!

      
 
    
 
 

 

2016 YEAR END REVIEW

We had an amazing first year and here are some of our numbers:

Adoptions:
We helped our rescue partners adopt out a total of 203 dogs and cats this year. That's 203 animals that were facing certain death at the shelter, that are now in their forever homes.

Pet Pantry Distributions at The Rock Church:
In a span of just eight months, we served a total of 1,194 pet owners and helped to feed a combined total of 2,476 dogs and 1,162 cats.  We handed out 2,166 bags of dry dog food and 862 bags of dry cat food, weighing in at a approximately 6,000 pounds!  We also handed out 1,004 cans of dog food, 2,532 cans of cat food, 160 jugs of cat litter, hundreds of collars, harnesses, and leashes, beds, cat towers, and multiple other supplies to help families take care of their pets and keep them out of the shelter.

We raised $1,500 in PetSmart/Petco gift cards in order to provide a little holiday happiness to our food bank recipients.

Spay/Neuter/Vaccines:
We were able to fund 59 surgeries & vaccinations with 33 surgery vouchers still outstanding.
Additionally, we funded 4 spay/neuter vouchers for the Home for the Holiday's adoption event held at the City of San Bernardino's Animal Center in December, and provided funds to assist with 2 emergency medical vet bills and have contributed towards other rescue cases when we were able.

Whew! Like I said, it was an amazing year and we are gearing up to do much more this year. So, let me introduce our two new board members who are going to help us accomplish our goals.

Janine Nielsen, Director of Fundraising - this is area is a high priority since we still have a waiting list of families that would like to get their animals spayed or neutered. We want to make much more of an impact on the number of strays and unwanted dogs and cats that enter the two high kill shelters here in the city and county of San Bernardino. If you would like to organize a fundraiser of any kind for our foundation, please reach out to Janine, via our email.

Glynnis Ellis, Director of Education and Youth Outreach - this is an area in which we want to focus, as we believe there is still much work to do in educating our youths about compassion towards animals, backyard breeding & overpopulation, and the importance of spaying and neutering animals. If you would like us to give a presentation to your child's class or youth organization (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc), or are looking for projects for youths to complete community service hours, please reach out to Glynnis via our email.

A huge thank you to all of our donors and supporters. We were able to achieve those numbers because of you!

It's going to be a busy year for DHF and we are all excited to get started.

Jennifer, Michelle, Sara, Steve, Janine & Glynnis

 

DECEMBER 15, 2016 PET PANTRY DISTRIBUTION:

In November, we began asking for your help with an ambitious holiday project. We wanted to raise funds for PetSmart gift cards to be included in a special holiday gift bag that we would give to our Pet Pantry recipients at the December pet food pantry. Our wish was for these struggling pet owners to have the pleasure of selecting a special toy or treat of their choice during this holiday season. Our goal was to collect 150 cards. With YOUR help, we met that goal!! Then, thanks to our donors and PetSmart partners, we also collected enough cat and dog treats and toys to put together 150 gift bags. Our awesome student partners from Serrano Middle School in Montclair created handmade cards and stuffed the goodies and gift cards into lovely holiday bags. Our recipients were all smiles as they came through the long line and accepted these unexpected gifts!

In addition to passing out the holiday gift bags and cards, we also handed out more food and supplies than ever before. There was a record number of 200 people came through our line, representing 420 dogs and 221 cats. We distributed 427 bags of dry dog food, 184 bags of dry cat food, 158 cans of dog food, 404 cans of cat food, 218 bags of dog treats, 148 bags of cat treats, 20 boxes of litter, plus leashes, collars, harnesses, litter pans, dog and cat beds, blankets and sweaters. In all, we gave away a whopping 2,000 POUNDS of food! This is a 20% increase in the number of pet owners that we served over previous months.

We want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to everyone who has helped us along the way...especially all our donors, supporters, adoption partners, volunteers, PetSmart and staff at the Upland, Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Westlake Village, and last but not least our family and friends.

We often say that we have angels watching over us as we serve the struggling pet owners in San Bernardino community. The truth is, the angels are all of YOU! With your help, the sky is the limit in 2017!

- Jennifer, Michelle, Steve, Sara, Janine & Glynnis



 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 



















 


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