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It takes a great deal of money to provide for these animals, and we cannot do it alone. T.L.C. desperately needs your support. Won't you please help us help them, so we can furnish these animals with the T.L.C. that they so desperately need?
"Yes, I want to help!"
$10 student or senior (over 65)
Contributions of $10 or more entitle you to a one year subscription to the shelter's newsletter, T.L.C. Paw Prints. All contributions are tax deductable. 501(c)(3) statement
Here are 10 unique ways to give:
1. Choose to forego something each week, such as one lunch out. Calculate the savings and donate that amount.
2. Give part of a retirement payout.
3. Give as a group.
4. Choose a gift that honors someone.
5. Designate TLC as the recipient of the remainder of a checking or savings account.
6. Make a multi-year pledge.
7. Make a credit card payment.
8. Give a stock, bond or other asset.
9. Designate TLC as the beneficiary of a paid life insurance policy.
10. Include TLC in your will, but make your plans known now so that you can realize how much your gift is appreciated!
T.L.C. Wish List
updated February 10, 2020
These are just a few of the items the Shelter could use:
At the present time we are well stocked on dog and cat food
- Puppy Chow
- Kitten Chow
- Dog and cat treats
Menards or Home Depot gift cards for shelter maintenance
Gas cards to help defray the cost of taking animals to and from the vets and for doing transports
Kitty litter (please no scoopable as it clogs the drains)
- Paper towels
- Cat & Dog Toys
- And we can always use money for veterinary bills
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Bertha Fund to Help T.L.C. Animals
We told you about Bertha, back in the summer of 1997 - hers was a story we were very hesitant to tell. I had her picture safely tucked away, as I had tucked her story safe within my heart. I had vowed to myself that this was one story that would remain unwritten, in deference to those who had gotten to know this sweet dog during her stay at the shelter... and perhaps more so, for the heartbreak that I myself felt.
The animal control officer that brought the stray brown dog to the shelter said ruefully, "I don't know if there is anything you can do for her, she's due to have pups anytime, and from the looks of her, she's been out on the street a long time..." As he turned to walk away, he gave the dog another look, pausing to add, "but she's a very nice dog."
We all stared at the emaciated brown dog that stood before us... a walking bag of bones with a big belly. She was about six years old, and had definitely led a hard lfe from the looks of her. We had planned to change all of that. To begin with we had to give her a name... we dubbed her Bertha. We knew that as pathetic as she looked, underneath all that, we could see that this dog had a heart of gold, but little did we know what else her heart held.
Bertha went in for her checkup, but none of us were prepared for what we would hear. She was not pregnant! Bertha had a very severe case of heartworm, that had taken a major toll on her body, affecting more than just her heart. Her body was severely bloated from all the fluid around her heart, and her kidneys were failing. The chances of her surviving treatment were non-existant. With heavy hearts we made the decision on what had to be done. It was not an easy decision to make, but we did it out of love. We had to put Bertha to sleep.
Then why are we bringing this up now? As mentioned in the fall 1999 issue of Paw Prints, we had a greater influx of dogs with heartworm last year than ever before. The majority of the affected dogs were strays, but there were also a few that were owner give ups. (Of course on the owner give ups they "failed to tell us" that their dog had heartworm). Although in the majority of cases heartworm is curable if caught soon enough, but... it costs money. To treat a dog with heartworm costs a minimum of $400.00 on up. Treatment is also time consuming, and the dog must be kept quiet during the duration of the treatment period, which is about a month. We often wonder if that isn't the reason why some of these dogs were abandoned by their owners, the cost and time factor.
Bertha did not die in vain. Her memory will live on. We have set up the Bertha Fund, to provide treatment for animals brought to T.L.C. and found to have heartworm and other medical problems. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please let us know. Others will live through Bertha's legacy.
You can mail your contribution to the Bertha Fund
(please write "Bertha Fund" on your check):
T.L.C. Animal Shelter
13016 West 151st St., Homer Glen IL 60491
or donate online