Making A Difference Now (MADN) is dedicated to the well-being of all creatures. Our mission is to rescue animals, educate communities, and advocate for animal welfare.
Best Friends Animal Society has conducted the most comprehensive survey of animals in US Shelters that we know of since they first began tracking these numbers in 2016. Their 2019 survey indicates that we have made progress: Total deaths in shelters during 2019 decreased 10% compared to 2018. This is obviously good news but we still have SO much work to do because that still means that over 1.1 million animals died in our shelters in 2019. Of these, 625,400 were estimated to be healthy animals or animals with treatable conditions who would have been happy, healthy, loving pets if only they had been given the opportunity. That is 1713 animals who died every single day simply because we had no homes for them and the shelters did not have space or resources to care for them. We can and must do so much better!
Please note that this is not a shelter problem; it is a community problem. Shelters do not want to kill animals. They simply don't have the resources and support within their communities to save them all. And that is where each of us can make a tremendous difference - by supporting local shelters and rescues (like MADN 💚), fostering animals, volunteering to help with spay/neuter and TNR, community cat caregiving, transporting, financial support when possible, promoting responsible pet ownership and helping when you see an animal in need, and ALWAYS adopting from shelters and rescues and never from puppy mills or irresponsible breeders.
In addition to helping with all these crucial needs above, MADN works hard to provide other services necessary to permanently solve animal welfare issues. Public education and awareness of the many elements of animal welfare are essential, from the benefits of having pets to the responsibilities of pet parenthood for the life of the pet. It is critical for elected and appointed officials and the animal welfare, law enforcement, mental health, and domestic violence communities to understand The Link between animal and human abuse and the importance of stronger laws and enforcement.
Examples of our work:
- MADN volunteers have coordinated caretaking teams for community/ feral cat colonies for years, including the colony that was the inspiration for MADN. During this time, we have fed, watered, monitored and provided shelter for cats; rescued kittens who were young enough to be socialized so they could be adopted into forever homes; placed friendly, socialized, adoptable adults in foster and then permanent homes; rescued ill and injured cats and provided veterinary care and rehabilitation; and rescued profoundly ill and fatally injured cats and taken them to the vet to end their suffering - certainly not the outcome we always hope for but in our view, the final compassion we can provide.
- Sometimes the animals we rescue require a lot of veterinary care and recovery/rehabilitation: a sick kitten miraculously seen in the middle of the road, filthy and full of infections; a kitten so young, sick and injured that she would almost certainly have died had she not saved her life by walking into a trap at a MADN TNR location; a young beautiful cat with huge abscessed wounds that required ongoing antibiotics and treatment for several weeks, and then ongoing foster placement when he was found to be positive for FeLV. In all these cases and many others, MADN arranged for the necessary veterinary and foster care to allow these cats to recover from their medical issues, to be socialized, and to be adopted into loving forever homes.
- Most of the dogs we have rescued were lost rather than homeless, including a blind and deaf dog who snuck out of his house and somehow managed to cross two busy streets without being hit before MADN volunteers found him. We've helped families provide critical vet care when we can, believing that loving families need to stay together whenever possible.
- MADN's animal welfare conferences have been very well received. Headlined by highly regarded national experts, attendees receive information and inspiration to help them help animals, and networking and support for their important work.
- On the Road Workshops are training sessions for animal welfare staff and volunteers that are presented in different KY communities to allow people to receive training and to network in their own areas. We have been to Bowling Green, Ashland, Elizabethtown, and Somerset, and we were scheduling Harlan when the coronavirus hit. We are developing online options for our conferences and workshops for 2021 and we presented our first webinar this year. We look very forward to presenting in-person training again when it is safe!
Thank you for your support as we work together to build a more compassionate world for all creatures by Making A Difference Now!