As part of our effort to give back, each month throughout 2015 we’ll feature one of our favorite charitable organizations on our blog. For the duration of the month, we’ll donate $1 for every new Facebook like we receive to that group. Read about our April charity partner below and nominate your favorite charity by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
It probably comes as no surprise that we, the staff of Lookie Lou, love animals. We've gone so far as to create an entire boutique that is completely free of animal products and byproducts. Given this fondness, we're very excited to announce that our April charity partner is Twin Cities Pet Rescue, a Saint Paul, Minnesota-based non-profit that rehabilitates needy companion animals (many of them with special needs) and places them with forever families. In just six years, Twin Cities Pet Rescue has come to the aid of over 1,500 animals. I was fortunate enough to speak with TCPR's co-founder, Kate Benvenuti, and what I learned made me admire her organization even more. Read on to see what makes TCPR so important, and, if you live in the Twin Cities area, please consider fostering a cat or dog for TCPR. It will cost you nothing but love.
LL: Where do the animals in Twin Cities Pet Rescue come from?
Kate: TCPR intakes animals primarily from local impounds. We also rescue animals that are found as strays on Minnesota and bordering state reservations, dogs from puppy mills, and a small amount of owner surrenders.
LL: What is the average cost of caring for an animal you take in, from rescue to adoption?
Kate: We work with a large percentage of "special needs" animals and their veterinary costs can easily be $1,000+. I'm not really sure what our 'average cost' would be... but it would be well above our adoption fees.
LL: What is the most surprising thing you’ve discovered since founding Twin Cities Pet Rescue?
Kate: Animal rescue is just as much about working with people as it is animals. Every day I am blown away by the compassion and kindess of our supporters - foster families, adoptive families, volunteers, donors, our supporters on social media - everyone. Many animals coming to TCPR have had rough starts where often people have neglected, abused, or somehow failed them. But there are SO many people that will help to make a difference in the lives of animals. When founding TCPR, I was so focused on rescuing animals that I don't think I was expecting to encounter so many amazing people as well.
To learn more about TCPR, donate to this fantastic organization, or signup to foster, visit their website here. Please also take a look at Hans and Sputnik, two special animals seeking human companions.
Until next time,