December 2018

HAL Friends and Supporters,

Year End Wrap up

As you know, the Humane Association of the Lowcountry (HAL) is a small charity with limited resources (people and money).   We do not have a permanent building.  We work out of our homes.  So far, this year HAL has had 21 adoptions and 4 more are in trial adoptions.  Paws crossed!

9 more are currently looking for their forever homes including:  Claudia Christiana “Christi” (Pictured left)…  She is usually in the Port Royal Veterinary Hospital lobby cage. Stop by and say “hello.”  She is loving and silly.  Milo (Pictured right) is confident, social, and loving. He is in a foster home.  The first step is to complete the HAL adoption application.

We rescued and released 7 cats into a managed colony.  We also re-rescued many of the colony kitties and got them their annual vaccinations as well as dewormed and deflead.
5 more cats were rescued but did not survive — 4 were very tiny babies and one was senior citizen – Dorothy.
Poor thing was homeless and at least 15+ years old.  She weighed under 5 pounds – skin and bones.  She had ataxia (wobbly leg syndrome), severe arthritis, cataracts (likely blind).  Despite all that, she was very loving.  She would always get up and greet me even though it took tremendous effort.  Dorothy lasted about a month after she was rescued before she stopped eating and greeting me.  I will be forever grateful for my time with her.  She taught me about kindness and dignity. She always went to the bathroom in the litter box even though I know it was very difficult for her to get in and out of the box. She groomed herself even though she could not reach most of her body.  She often gave up her bed to the baby kittens for a less desirable situation.  She tolerated her more active roommates and they were respectful of her.  I will miss Dorothy and am awed at her big beautiful heart.  
October was the annual HAL fundraiser. Blackstone’s Cafe partnered with us again. Altogether, we raised over $10,000!! This number is double previous years totals. We are simply blown away by your generosity and support. Coincidently, it was also our most expensive year for veterinary bills – broken legs, kidney removal, visits to the animal eye specialist. To date, our 2018 expenses are $18, 766.   Ouch!! less than 2% goes to overhead, the rest goes directly to the animals.
The holidays are a time to reflect. We are sincerely grateful for YOU. HAL could not thrive without people like you.  Who believe in us. Who adopt our our foster animals. Who donate to us.   We wish you a happy, peaceful and hopeful New Year…
Don’t forget to keep up-to-date on our HAL news and events via our “Facebook” page.   HAL is a fund of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry (CFL) and all donations are tax deductible.   Be sure to select “Humane Association of the Lowcountry Fund” from the drop down box. We are a small charity and sincerely appreciate your support. We wish you a happy, peaceful and hopeful New Year…

Kate Zalusky
Humane Association of the Lowcountry(HAL)


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