No Dog Left Behind is a community of people all working towards a common goal: to reduce the number of homeless dogs, saving those that need saving.
In these unprecedented times, we've seen an incredible increase in interest in adopting a dog in need throughout our community. This warms our hearts as we know we can work with all of you to help even more dogs in need. In March, we set our record number of dogs adopted in a month with ... dogs finding their forever homes. In April we surpassed this, sending home ... dogs! With this increase in dogs passing through our rescue comes increase costs for medical care, supplies and transportation. We're asking for your help today to support our growth and to help us save each dog we have the opportunity to.
Not only do we want to help bring home more dogs in need, we also want to help families who may be going through a difficult time right now keep their dog at home. We've set up a special fundraising page, "No Empty Bowls", to create a fund just for that. We want to make sure that no animal goes hungry or gets displaced during the COVID-19 crisis. This fund will be used to provide support to keep local families from needing to re-home their pets.
By supporting our organization today with a donation, your contribution will play a key role in helping us support and save more dogs in need. No Dog Left Behind is a 501(c)(3) non-profit canine rescue based in the Twin Cities area, serving communities all across Minnesota. We are a no-kill, foster-based rescue, working to save abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs. We are 99% volunteer-based and outside of adoption fees which only cover some of the costs associated with each dog, we rely heavily on donations to operate and grow our rescue.
In 2019, we found our 3,000th rescue dog their forever home and we're committed to growing that number over this next year. Our organization began in 2011 and because of the support of our donors and the growth of our volunteer team we've seen an exponential increase in the amount of dogs we can rescue and our impact on our community in the last couple of years. We want to see this continue and you can help us achieve it!
All of our dogs get placed in caring foster homes, the stepping stone for them to figure out what life as a pup should be like. Fosters open their homes and their hearts, nurturing, training and loving these pups so that they can find their forever homes. During this time all of our dogs get a full veterinary exam, de-wormer, up to date vaccines, spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and are provided heart-worm and flea/tick preventative while in rescue. These veterinary costs along with some dog's need for advanced veterinary services are the rescue's largest ongoing expense. No Dog Left Behind's veterinary costs in 2018 were more than $210,000 to service all of our dogs! Please consider becoming a monthly donor to support the ongoing cost of rescuing dogs in need or you can make a one time contribution as well.
So think about the rescue dogs you know. The shy and timid ones, discovering what it means to be loved. The playful, rambunctious ones, learning how to interact with people and other dogs. The mischievous and awkward ones, figuring out how to live in a home. Rescue gives them all a second opportunity at life, just to be a dog, and to forget all the hardships of their earlier days. That's what we're all fundraising for and that's what this community is all about. Please donate today. We wouldn't be able to do what we do without the generosity of people like you. This amazing support gives us the ability to save dogs who otherwise wouldn't get their second chance. Thank you for your consideration.