Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lauren's Dogs. 12/30/09

Hello all -

I am sorry for the delay in posting this information. My partner-in-crime at the office is on vacation this week, so I am staying fairly busy. And the days just seem to go by far to fast.

This weekend (December 26), my aunt and I made a road trip to Huntsville, AL. We went to meet with Lauren's grandfather and also to check on Lauren's dogs, who are still in the care of the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. I thought I would share a few pictures with you of Miss Trixie, Buddha, and Tanooki.

I did not get to meet with Angela on Saturday as she was not there, but I spent quite a bit of time talking with one of the other staff members. The dogs are doing OK. They have a large kennel of their own and they are kept together at all times. They've been allowed to play on the "puppy playground" with the other dogs and get along well with others - no aggression issues. The biggest concern is still Trixie's anxiety about being separated from the pugs.

We are still hopeful about finding a home for Lauren's fur babies. I've been in touch with so many people in the rescue world and I can't express enough thanks for all of the information, help, and kind words I've received.

The Greater Huntsville Humane Society has received several donations to help fund the care of Buddha, Tanooki, and Trixie while they are there. However, expenses will continue and I, unfortunately, can not afford to pay for all three dogs on my own.

I am continuing to raise money on behalf of Buddha, Tanooki, and Trixie, in Lauren's memory. All monies will be used for the care (boarding, food, vetting expenses) of Lauren's fur babies. Any remaining monies will be split 50/50 between the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the ASPCA (Lauren's favorite charity). I am using ChipIn (recommended by one of the many rescue groups that I have been in touch with) to accept online donations.

Alternatively, you can also mail a donation. A bank account 'In Memory of Lauren Sturdivant' has been established at Compass Bank in Birmingham, AL. This is not a tax-deductible donation as I do not have non-profit status at this time (in process!), but I will mail you a receipt for accounting purposes. If you'd like to mail a donation, please contact me via e-mail.

We may have a lead on a family in Birmingham, AL that will be able to adopt the dogs and keep them together. Please keep your fingers crossed that this works out. I'll keep you posted.