Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Forget-Me-Not's Winter Newseltter

What do dogs wish for? Does your dog have his own stocking above the fireplace awaiting tasty treats from Santa? We'll try our hardest this year to get these dogs who we love so much into great adoptive and foster homes for the holidays, but in the mean time they sure would be surprised to receive a few items off of their Amazon Wishlist! Will you play Santa Clawz for a homeless dog this year? Check out the wishlist here: http://a.co/8dRpygo
Other ways to donate

Donate with PayPal

Purchase FMN merchandise from our Redbubble store: http://www.redbubble.com/people/fmnrescue

Donate through Giving Grid: https://www.givinggrid.com/381559/
11/29 All Day
Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving. Non-profits all over the world spread awareness of their cause and raise funds that will help them complete their goals. Donate to FMN for Giving Tuesday: Donate here

12/10 12PM-4PM
Pet Photos with Santa

@ Pet Supermarket on 26th St and Cortez Rd

12/09 & 12/10 10AM-5PM
Home for the Holidays

@ Manatee County Animal Services
305 25th St W
Palmetto, FL 34221

12/16 & 12/17 10AM-5PM
Home for the Holidays

@ Manatee County Animal Services
305 25th St W
Palmetto, FL 34221

12/31 5PM-10PM
Main Street Live

@ Main St in Downtown Bradenton
This is downtown's most popular street party! Old Main Street (12th Street West) between Manatee and 3rd avenues is closed to vehicular traffic as vendors line the streets and live music plays throughout the night. The events usually start around 5 p.m. and end at midnight.
Got Dog Stank?
This is one fundraiser we can really get behind! These candles are 100% soy wax made in the USA and are specifically designed to neutralize pet odor. 

Holiday candles make great gifts anyway. Maybe you know a festive spirit who typically decorates their house with dog hair? These products come in tasty scents like candy cane, gingerbread cookies, and bamboo watermint (whatever that is, I'm sure it smells better than wet Labrador.)

- Trick people into thinking you're baking cookies
- People will forget you have 6 dogs
- Every purchase benefits our rescue dogs
- ... Bamboo watermint.

- None, obviously.

Order through our special link to participate in the fundraiser. Fundraiser ends on December 14th, so let's get those orders in!

One Fur All fundraiser link: https://www.onefurallpets.com/?rfsn=398918.c42d7
Candle Fundraiser
Home for the Holidays
We are thrilled to announce we will be celebrating the holidays this year with another partnered event with Manatee County Animal Services, our local animal shelter! We'll be leaving our own dogs behind in order to find homes for as many county dogs as possible, but we'll still have our booth set up with lots of FMN goodies and information for new pet owners. If you come out to adopt a new cat or dog, be sure to stop by our booth for a big congratulations and a photo!
This two-weekend event will take place on Dec. 9&10 and Dec. 16&17 from 10AM to 5PM at our local county shelter
305 25th St W
Palmetto, FL 34221
The adorable dog photos for this flyer were taken by Stacy White Photography and those pups are all waiting at MCAS looking forward to this event!

Home for the Holidays event flyer
"Continuing the award-winning collaboration recognized by the [Sarasota] Community Foundation, MCAS is partnering again with Forget-Me-Not Animal Rescue for these special weekends. Forget-Me-Not will be promoting their “Unforgett-A-Bull” Campaign, which brings awareness and education about Bully Breeds, which comprise a large portion of the MCAS shelter population."
- Manatee County Animal Services Press Release
The Giving Challenge: Results
We did it! After months of brainstorming, learning, and hard work we have received the results of the individual challenges that awarded non-profits with additional grant money during the Giving Challenge. We were awarded grants in the following categories:
- Best Use of Social Media
- Best Overall Campaign
- Best Giving Challenge Video
- Best Business Partnership
- Manatee Millennial Challenge

We're so proud of our team of volunteers and we are so grateful to the community for all of the support we received during the Giving Challenge and to the sponsors who provided matching opportunities for our donors and supported additional grant opportunities. We can't wait for next year!

For our business partnership, we were proud to join Sarah Brown and all of the staff at Manatee County Animal Services in the effort to find our county shelter animals homes and free up some precious kennel space. We're excited to extend this partnership beyond the Giving Challenge by continuing to do events together and promote our #UnforgettaBULL campaign that brings awareness to bully breeds and other shelter dogs that often slip through the cracks in a shelter system.

Our award-winning Giving Challenge video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI95Ij3JLxU
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Adoptions to Celebrate
Bobby's adoption photoBobby lucked out and found a home for the holidays! Or should we say, they found him? Once they saw his video online, they were pretty much in love. We just adore this family and there are a lot of good feels going around. Thank you to everyone who chooses to bring a rescue dog into your life.

If you're looking for a rescue dog of your own to cuddle when the Florida winter hits 50 degrees, check out our list of adoptables on Petfinder: Petfinder List 

If you'd like us to play Match Maker for you, we're pretty good at that! Give us an e-mail at RescueFMN@gmail.com
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Giving Challenge is Today! (newsletter)

Today is the Giving Challenge. To make a donation eligible for the matching opportunities, visit our Giving Partner page here: https://givingpartnerchallenge.org/npo/forget-me-not-inc
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We've been preparing all year for today.

If you follow our Facebook page, you've probably already seen a ton of this, but we have cute Thumper photos down below for you, so hang in there!

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, donations made between noon today (Tuesday, Sep. 20) and noon tomorrow will be matched. If you donated to our rescue last year through the Giving Challenge, your donation of $25-$100 will be doubled. If this is your first time, your donation will be tripled. This is an amazing opportunity for our dogs! Last year, we were able to use the Giving Challenge funds to move our dogs to a new location, build all new kennels, and double the kennel space for some of our larger dogs. This is a pretty huge deal for us. $25 goes a long way out here at the kennels, but it goes quickly. The fact that our donors are able to triple their generous donations is almost unbelievable to us, and we hope you're just as excited about it as we are.

To make a donation eligible for this matching opportunity, donate via this link before noon on Sep. 21: https://givingpartnerchallenge.org/npo/forget-me-not-inc

Check out our Giving Challenge Video


Our partnership with Animal Services

We share a common goal with Manatee County Animal Services: We want to see these dogs get great homes. We were thrilled when MCAS director Sarah Brown agreed to partner with us for the Best Business Partner challenge this year. Immediately, we began to plan an adoption event for the dogs at the county shelter. We decided to call it "Clear the Shelter" because that was the ultimate dream. Sarah Brown believes being a No-Kill county shelter is achievable, and of course we will do whatever we can to help her in that mission. The kennels were overflowing with dogs, and still are, but by working together with Animal Services to promote this event and bring our event to life, we were able to help the county shelter adopt out 25 cats and 27 dogs in two days.

While our primary goal was adoptions and clearing kennels at the county shelter, we also set out to educate people on the dog overpopulation crisis in our area and how easy it is for great dogs to slip through the cracks and become forgotten in a crowded shelter. That is the whole idea behind our UnforgettaBULL campaign. So many people were astonished by the number of pit bull-type dogs filling up the kennels, and some of those people ended up going home with one of those blocky-headed friends. We couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Volunteer t-shirt model shows off our Unforgettabull merch

Also, we sold some awesome t-shirts to benefit our rescue dogs! If you want some fashion tips, you can start by shopping at our RedBubble store. We will also be selling t-shirts today, so keep up with our whereabouts on Facebook if you want to stop by and grab some UnforgettaBULL wear. Profits from merchandise purches go straight to our dogs!

We couldn't leave him behind.

During our Clear the Shelter eventwith Manatee County Animal Services, our president Debbie fell in love with a charming little dog named Thumper. Honestly, we all fell in love with him. I'm pretty sure it's not humanly possible to meet this dog and not love him. Twenty-seven dogs were adopted that weekend, but people just kept passing by Thumper's kennel. It could be that he was saving all of his charm for us Forget-Me-Not volunteers, but it was probably the deformity of his front left paw that was turning people away. His deformity might be a little hard to look past for some... But he's just our type! According to his vet records from Dr. Ashley Kanzler of Desoto Animal Clinic, the deformity is likely from an old fracture that never healed properly. This gives us hope that we'll be able to get Thumper corrective surgery for his leg and he'll soon be in ship shape! We scooped the little guy up at the end of the Clear the Shelter event on Saturday and we all giggled as we gave him kisses and loaded him into the van. Thumper is less than a year old, and soon enough we'll find him a new home to enjoy the rest of his long, healthy life in. The freedom ride was glorious, and it was a beautiful end to a beautiful day.

Be the One to help us help dogs like Thumper! It's thanks to our community that we're able to do this at all. This is truly an amazing 'village'. He still needs a lot of veterinary care, so we sure will appreciate any donations sent our way in Thumper's name! Donate here during the Giving Challenge: https://givingpartnerchallenge.org/npo/forget-me-not-inc

We are not only a rescue, but a sanctuary.

Hero, a sanctuary dog at FMN.We have some residents that we know may never leave us. Some of our dogs are still overcoming traumas that keep them at a sanctuary status, and some will never recover, but they're safe here. We love these dogs. They're our family. We knew what we were getting ourselves into by becoming a No-Kill rescue and housing sanctuary dogs, and part of that responsibility is affording lifelong care for dogs that will never be adopted. An example of this is Hero, our resident "Dangerous Dog" designee (AKA victim of a weird and outdated law that was recently turned upside down by Padi's case). We agreed to give him sanctuary to save his life. We strive to give these sanctuary dogs as comfortable an enclosure as we can, and provide them with walks, socialization, and toys to play with every day. We want it to feel like a home for them. Please consider making a donation today during the Giving Challenge so we can continue caring for these special dogs. Donate here: https://givingpartnerchallenge.org/npo/forget-me-not-inc

We're on tour right now! (Around town)

We grabbed some pups and hit the road! We'll be popping up all over town to find adopters for our dogs, meet new friends, and let people know about the Giving Challenge. We'll be touring the town for 24 hours during the Giving Challenge to celebrate 24 hours of online giving. We'll be starting out around noon in Downtown Bradenton in our "tour bus" (OK -- it's actually an RV, but it's big and has couches... and dogs!). If you would like to join the Forget-Me-Not Tour or you have a great place for us to stop by and show off pups, send us a shout out on Facebook or e-mail us by replying to this message! Here's a list of places you might find us partying with pups throughout the day and night:
- Downtown
- Riverwalk
- Kelsey's
- Baddabing
- O'Leary's
- St. Armand's
- Main Street in Sarasota
Where will we pop up next?

 Appreciate what we do for the pups? Driving an RV is actually pretty challenging. Donate here for the Giving Challenge so we can keep making life better for homeless dogs: https://givingpartnerchallenge.org/npo/forget-me-not-inc
Thank you to the sponsors of the Giving Challenge.
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Be The One - Giving Challenge 2016

This video was made by our very own volunteers and dogs. (Yes, the dogs helped.) Let us know what you think! You can donate to us through the Giving Challenge via this link: https://givingpartnerchallenge.org/npo/forget-me-not-inc

That link will only be live from noon on Sep. 20 to noon on Sep. 21

Let's get this party started!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Special Edition Forget-Me-Not Newlestter (Giving Challenge 2016)

We're here to save dogs. Are you in?
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We save local dogs from death row.

We try our best to save as many as we can. We work with what we have but of course we're limited by space, able bodies, and by funding. But honestly, our community does a pretty great job of keeping us running smoothly, and for that we can't thank you enough! We are based in the Manatee-Sarasota area. Most of our dogs come straight fromManatee County Animal Services and the farthest out we go to rescue dogs is an occasional trip to Highlands County, also known as Sebring. That means your donation and your hard work stays in this community. We believe euthanasia is meant only for the terminally ill dogs that have no comfort left in life, and we are proud to be a No-Kill rescue. We love these dogs. They're our dogs until they're adopted, and we treat each one of them as loved family pets -- because that's what they are.

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So here's the news

Online, on September 20th & 21st our incredible supporters have the opportunity to have their donations matched (doubled if you donated through the Giving Challenge last year, tripled if this is your first time participating with us in the Giving Challenge.) This is thanks to the generous sponsors of the Giving Challenge listed below, and the whole event is hosted by the Sarasota Community Foundation. We will receive a donation link that lasts only 24 hours from noon to noon through which eligible donations can be made. We will be sharing that link like crazy on our facebook page.

Early pledges may also be made by phone at any time before the challenge. Simply call our trusted board member Stephanie at (941) 962-4090 to make your pledge.

The theme this year is 'Be The One', which we totally love. The whole point is that anyone can be the one to make a difference. It doesn't matter if you're dropping a $100 donation or a $25 donation this year, whether you can bring a foster dog into your home or just hold a leash for 5 minutes, you are making a difference. We're not a big organization, we just have big hearts. We know the names of everyone who comments on our Facebook posts and supports us through PayPal and our YouCaring fundraisers. You mean so much to us and we love that you believe in what we're doing here.

Our Next Event

Clear the Shelter flyer

We are thrilled that Manatee County Animal Services agreed to partner with us for the "Best Business Partnership Challenge" this year, and we expect great adoption success for the animals in our county shetler from our joint Clear the Shelter 2-day Event this Friday and Saturday. We sure hope you'll come out and see us!


We are also promoting our UnforgettaBULL campaign, through which we hope to bring light to the dogs who are overlooked at the shelter and are in danger of being forgotten or falling through the cracks. This often means seniors, pit bulls, dogs in need of medical care or behavioral rehab, or simply unlucky pups who run out of time.

UnforgettaBULL t-shirt design
Our millennial design team also came up with some new t-shirts.
Grab yours at the event this weekend Sep. 16th & 17th

So, we hope we've earned your support this year. If we didn't, we can promise you we are constantly learning how to better our organization and grow larger and stronger as a team. Last year, the results from the Giving Challenge were astounding and your support allowed us to build new kennels for every dog in our rescue during our move to the new location. We were also able to double the kennel space for some of our larger dogs and build raised beds for every kennel. We're so proud of how far we've come, and we hope you will stick around to see our progress for next year!

How To Donate

If you'd like to make a donation to Forget-Me-Not for the Giving Challenge but you're so excited that you just can't wait, give us a call at (941) 962-4090 to make your pledge now. Donations between $25 and $100 are eligible for the matching opportunities.

Otherwise, we will be sent a donation link on September 20th that will last for just 24 hours. Through this link, our supporters will be able to make donations eligible for double & triple matching. We'll be sending out an email with that link and also sharing it on our Facebook page during the challenge on September 20th and 21st.

There's no need to wait. Pledge now (941) 962-4090

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