Raising money to help care for our large breed rescue dogs at Forget-Me-Not Inc. in Bradenton.

Giving Challenge By the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

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2020 Giving Challenge

Be The One!

During the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been some amazing stories of humanity coming together to support important causes, from helping at-risk people with purchasing groceries to people adopting pets from shelters that had to close during the outbreak.

At Forget-Me-Not Inc., we're heartened to see how people have come together during this unprecedented time. We're optimistic about what the world will look like once we come out of this, and we're hopeful that we'll all learn to look out for those who need our help. Online events, such as the online adoption event our shelter will be hosting on April 25, allow us to help those in need while staying safe and minimizing our exposure to the virus.

Another big online giving opportunity is coming up this month. The 2020 Giving Challenge, presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, is a way for people to give back. 

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So what exactly is the 2020 Giving Challenge?

The 2020 Giving Challenge was organized as an online giving event, which is ideal right now in the time of social distancing. It allows nonprofits to connect with new donors and for people in the area to raise money for those local nonprofit organizations that need funding now more than ever. The challenge begins on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. and lasts through Wednesday, April 29 until 11:59:59 a.m.

To donate, simply visit www.GivingPartnerChallenge.org. You can use a credit or debit card for the secure online donation and $25 is the minimum donation. The Patterson Foundation has generously offered to match each unique donations up to $100 per donor. The challenge also offers prizes to nonprofits who manage to qualify for them:

  • The Fast 50: The first 50 nonprofits with 50 donors to give will receive a $500 grant.
  • iHeart Media: Each hour, a $100 prize will be awarded on-air to nonprofits participating in the challenge.

Our dogs at Forget-Me-Not Inc. waiting to be adopted into a loving home.

How We'll Use Your 2020 Giving Challenge Donations

At Forget-Me-Not Inc., we have a few fundraising goals. We are always raising money for vet bills for our dogs, as we cover all vet costs for the large dogs at our shelter. Along with routine checkups and vaccinations, our rescues also sometimes need surgery or other life-saving measures that aren't cheap.

We also provide behavioral training for any dog that needs it. Sometimes, they come from abusive situations and they need training before they can go to their forever homes. That training can cost between $1000-$3000 per dog. 

The money we raise also helps to pay for the shelter itself. We have to cover utility costs, rent, and other bills. We're also trying to build our own facility so that the rescue dogs will have more space and a room to meet their new families. With our own facility, we'll be able to save more money and allocate it toward our dog friends!

Get ready to donate in this years Giving Challenge-we hope you'll consider donating to our large dog breed shelter!

On April 28-29, the 2020 Giving Challenge will help many nonprofits in the Sarasota area. We hope you'll consider donating to us, as we are a large dog breed shelter focused on saving dogs from death row! If you're considering adopting a dog, make sure to check out our online adoption event on April 25. Donate directly at www.GivingPartnerChallenge.org during the challenge or if you can't donate, please contact us at (941) 500-4269 to see how you can help through volunteering!

Sandor saved from the kill list and successfully adopted.

Meet Sandor

Sandor was saved from the kill list at Animal Services. He did not meet the requirements to move to adoptions, simply because he found the kennel environment very stressful. He didn’t even have a name, but was referred to as ‘The Hound’. If you are a Game of Thrones Fan, you’ll know where we got his name. Of course, ‘The Hound’ had to be named after that character. We saved him in January of 2018. Since then, he has met with trainers, one of whom believe that he was most likely feral for a part of his short life. He has learned some basic commands, and in April he will begin a board and train program to help him learn how to truly be a dog. Between vetting, care, and training, Sandor has already cost the rescue over $2500. We think he is worth it, don’t you? Will you #BeTheOne to help us continue to care for Sandor?

Kifi who was pregnant was saved from a kill shelter and through many trials was successfully adopted along with her two puppies.

When Kifi crossed our path, she was all belly!

This girl had clearly not been cared for, but was very pregnant. Kifi’s initial exam showed a belly full of pups, roughly 7 were seen. Out of those 7, only 2 were viable, with the remaining pups very underdeveloped. She required an emergency C-section to save her life and the surviving pups, but her journey didn’t end there. After all the trauma caused by a belly full of puppies, Kifi had major bladder damage, and couldn’t urinate on her own. She was brought back to the vet again and catheterized while she underwent rigorous testing to find out what was wrong. It took 3 vets, a specialist, 6 weeks of constant care, and over $7000 to save her! Along her journey, euthanasia was recommended several times, due to the mounting cost of her care. To us, that was never an option! We committed to saving her, and we take that commitment very seriously! Today, thanks to that dedication, and daily medication, Kifi lives a happy, normal life! She has been adopted, as have her two pups, and we enjoy getting updates on her adventures with her family! Will you #BeTheOne to help us save the next emergency medical case, like Kifi?


What does ‘No Kill’ mean to us?

Did you know that a rescue only needs a 90% save rate to be classified as ‘no kill’? When we say we’re no-kill, we mean it! We are proud to hold a 100% save rate, despite taking some of the hardest cases. Some of our dogs are unable to overcome the trauma they endured before coming to us, and as such, will never be able to be adopted. So they’ll live out their lives with us, enjoy daily walks and love from our volunteers and board members. They’ll never be hurt, hungry, or shown anything but the love and compassion they deserve.

Andy, one of our special need dogs who can't be adopted out but is lovingly cared for by Forget-Me-Not Inc..

Andy, for example

He has some major resource guarding issues, once you’re aware of this, he is an absolute love! However, due to these issues, we can not safely adopt him out.

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