PoundWishes, a non-profit and web site focused on ending the needless euthanasia of 3-4 million shelter pets each year due to health problems, shelter overcrowding or lack of resources, today announced it has granted 150 PoundWishes in its first six months of operations. PoundWishes connects local animal rescue groups with pet lovers nationwide to raise money to rehabilitate sick, injured or abused shelter pets. Launched in March, PoundWishes is the only group focused on providing shelters with donations to nurture these special needs pets back to healthy, happy and adoptable. The site also posts adoption listings.
PoundWishes was inspired by Mckenzi Taylor who was diagnosed with leukemia at age two and received help during her illness from The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Although she was very young at the time, she never forgot how that special recognition made her feel. Now a healthy 12-year-old, she worked with her parents to create PoundWishes so she could give back some of that feeling to the neediest of pets.
“Being sick can make you feel alone and invisible. I was lucky to have a lot of help but when I visited a shelter recently I recognized the look in the sick pet’s eyes and I knew I had to do something,” said Mckenzi. “I’m so proud we have been able to help so many pets so and I’m just amazed by the generosity of the people who have donated so these pets can have a second chance.”
What is a PoundWish?
PoundWishes are posted by rescue groups to fund the urgent healthcare needs of the pets in their care. The PoundWishes granted so far include surgeries on broken limbs, medication for skin conditions and retraining and rehabilitation from the effects of abuse – whatever is necessary to get the pet ready for a new forever home.
PoundWishes is currently looking for new shelter and rescue partners and is actively building its pet lover community. The organization hopes to double its impact in the next six months by granting 300 more PoundWishes by the end of the year. Pet lovers who want to get involved can visit www.PoundWishes.com.