We also serve as a community resource for pet owners and others interested in sharing life with a pet.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4
6.5 million animals enter the shelter system each year. Unfortunately, 1.5 million are euthanized for various reasons including an overburdened system, age, and disability.
According to the APPA, 68% of households in the United States own pets. For our small west Tennessee community that equates to 4,615 households with pets. If each household had just one pet, and utilizing the reported death rate of 17%, that would mean almost 800 animals would find themselves in a home where a death occurred. Each situation is unique, but we can draw some strong estimates from those numbers.
Often, pets are relinquished to the shelter system when their owner dies or becomes unable to care for them due to long-term hospitalization or disability. With the rates talked about above, the projected increases of Alzheimer’s cases of up to 44%, and the 65-74 age bracket increasing at a fast pace, the system will more than likely become even more overloaded.
When a pet loses its owner to situations like this, they have nowhere to go and become a casualty of the system. Many organizations exist to help ease the number of pets that go into shelters, but too many aren’t reached resulting in surrender to the shelter system.
Revelation Gardens has a mission to step in and offer sanctuary to pets in this situation in the West Tennessee area.
We also provide community education and resources for pet owners and folks interested in sharing life with a new pet. Our approach includes listening to community members and finding out what needs they have. This is done through surveys and conversations. We provide an e-newsletter with a Q&A column to address common situations pet owners face, offer stress reduction tools, and engage in meet-up activities. In addition, we work with community partners who offer spay and neuter grants as well as other forms of support.
Rescue-Pets receive full lifetime care at Revelation Gardens. We meet the needs of our Rescue-Pets through donations and have three primary mechanisms for you to use: Virtual Adoptions, Virtual Retreats, and Merchandise.
Click below to learn more about each of these ways you can donate to care for Revelation Gardens’ Rescue-Pets!
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