Monday, September 7, 2009

Read My Paws And Race For The Cure

Cancer has touched too many doggies, family members and friends of ours. That's why we are always on the look out for ways to help, and we found a way. We have signed up a Read My Paws Team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on October 3 in St. Petersburg, Florida. We'd love to have you join our team. You don't need to be a runner. Walkers are encouraged. Doggies, bring your parents along and take them for a walk. You'll meet tons of people who will give you kisses and hugs. You'll also meet lots of doggie friends. It's a great morning out.

Mom and dad have made the Race for the Cure a must do for many years. Like many families, cancer has touched our lives. My Grandma Betty had breast cancer. Tons of close family friends have been diagnosed. One of mommy's best friends, Auntie Jeannie, was diagnosed this year and thankfully she is doing well. My doggy friends Godiva and Bruiser's mommy was also diagnosed and is going through tough chemo treatments right now. My friends Tanner Bub, Cocoa Puff and Ruger's mom, Roxie's mom and Shadow's mom are all breast cancer survivors. And I know I have tons more friends I haven't mentioned here. My daddy lost one of his best friends, Uncle Bruce, to cancer this summer. That's his second close friend he has lost as well as his brother, my Uncle Mark. And my daddy is a cancer survivor and I want him healthy forever! And lets not forget my fellow doggies who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge because of this horrible disease.

So, we'd love you to join our team or help this great cause. There are many ways you can get involved.

  1. If you live in the Tampa area, join our team. There is a 5K (3.1 mile) walk and run. There is a 10K run and a 1 mile kid's run. Doggies can come along too. I've done the race and raised $500 all by myself! To become a part of our team, go to: or email me at . If you've never done this race before, you will be inspired and never forget it.
  2. If you live in Tampa but can't come to the race, you can sign up as part of our team as a Sleep In For The Cure Participant. That means you sign up but you sleep in and get a t-shirt and a pillow case.
  3. If you don't live in the Tampa area, we encourage you to find a Race For the Cure in your area and participate. Here's where you can find a race -
  4. You can also donate to the Read My Paws team by going to and entering a donation.

We also have shirts for doggies that make a difference. We have the Pawsitively For The Cure T-Shirts for doggies available in sizes XS - 2XL. Everytime you buy one and show your support, we are donating $7 from each shirt to the Susan G. Komen foundation. You will look good AND make a difference.

We thank you for your support. This is a chance for humans and doggies to make a difference. Cancer doesn't discrimminate. Let's pull together and help.

Thanks and love,

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Animal Shelter in the Tampa Area Has Contaminated Water and Needs Help

We are reposting this message to get the word out about The We Care For Paws Foundation, a no-kill shelter in Brooksville, Florida, who has found out that their water is contaminated with arsenic. This helps explain why some of the people and the dogs have had unexplained illnesses. Right now, they really have no water. As you know, it is hot in Florida so they must have water for the animals. At the end of this message is their paypal account where you can donate. I am also waiting to hear where drop off locations may be, and I will let you know. If you can even help dontate money for one small bottle, that can help a cat for a day. Here's the info from the foundation.

The We Care For Paws Foundation needs some help. Six years ago, the We Care For Paws Foundation decided to open an animal sanctuary in rural Hernando County. This past week, we were notified by the Department of Environmental Protection in Tallahassee that our well is contaminated with Arsenic. The level of contamination is 0.23 mg/L. This means we cannot drink this water. We were provided with coupons for 30 3 liter bottles of Zephyrhills water. While this is generous in most situations, it is not in ours. It takes more than that to provide water for the animals for one day.

The Florida EPA is going to have the water retested. Once that is done, it is my understanding that a filtering system will be placed on the well and the water will be retested every 3 months. This is a continuing process with no time line provided.

We are a small, underfunded, TRUE NO KILL sanctuary. We take the animals nobody else wants due to personality, medical, and other issues. They are rehabilitated and found homes wherever possible. If nosuitable home is available, they stay forever and the sanctuary becomes the forever home. We do euthanize but only when the animal is in pain and the pain cannot be eliminated. When it becomes necessary to help an animals to the rainbow bridge, we make every effort to be with them,hold them and wrap them in a blanket for their trip to Anderson McQueen for cremation.

We operate with donations only. There is no way we can provide water for the animals without the help from people like you and other like minded individuals. Not providing safe water is not an acceptableoption.
We have had numerous problems with the animals over the past six years. Some unexplained which continue to this day. I personally have health issues related to the contaminated water . It was through the elimination of all possibilities that this contamination was uncovered. It is going to take time and resources to decontaminate the animals.

Well Site ID is 270094301

I am asking for your help in getting the word out. We are in desperate need of bottled water and funds to treat the animals. All donations are tax deductable. Donation can be mailed to our mailing address:

We Care For Paws Foundation
6822-22nd Ave N #125
St Petersburg,FL 33710

We have a paypal account for email address:

Our tax ID is 59-3502200

Our Department of Agriculture Information is below:

Business Name
WE CARE FOR PAWS FOUNDATION (Charitable Organization)
Registration Number
Registration Expiration Date

Thank you so much for your assistance!