Iron county Utah cares about their shelter animals however needs more help

Thank you John Foster for making the last set of 30 beds for delivery to the shelters and rescues.

The recipients of this set of beds are. OR.. will be)
1. Cedar Animal Rescue (5)
2. Iron County Animal Shelter (10)
3. Cedar City Animal Shelter (another 5)
4. Enoch Animal Shelter (10)
We have ordered another 15 beds but still need approx. 20 more (in addition to the 15) to get all the animals off the ground.

Make a donation at http://www.festivalcountryk9s.org/donate-now.html

press the button that says donate a bed

 

The area shelters receiving their first beds to keep pets off the hard pavement floors to sleep.

The area shelters receiving their first beds to keep pets off the hard pavement floors to sleep.

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Sign up for Agility classes in southern Utah (details are here)

TWO AGILITY CLASSES BEGINNING THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014
PRE-AGILITY CLASS
This class is for handlers and their dogs that have never taken agility classes before. It is the basics to help your dog “find their feet”. They will learn sit, wait, come when called, targeting, keeping attention, hand signals, learning turns & directionals as well as balance, weaves and tunnels.
This is an 8 week course. The cost is $50 for 8 weeks or $10 per class if paying by the week.
***This class is free to those taking the Agility 101 to be used as a warm up.
Class begins promptly at 6:30 PM.
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AGILITY 101
Dogs and their handlers must be familiar with, have taken agility before or have completed a Pre-Agility Class. A new piece of equipment will be focused on each week. Equipment includes, jumps, A Frame, teeter totter, dog walks, pause board, tunnels, barrels, stay flat chutes, weaves, tire jumps and more.
This is a 10 week course and will run from 7:30PM to dusk and includes the Pre-Agility warm up from 6:30 to 7:30PM. Cost is $120 for non-members (which includes 1 year membership) and $90 for current 2014 members. These classes are $15 per week if you choose to pay weekly.
All classes are being taught by Gail Workman (435)592-5487. The location is a large fenced, competition sized, area at D&B’s Dog House, 4891 West 1000 South, Cedar City, Utah. All handlers MUST show proof of vaccination at first class.
To Register please visit: http://www.festivalcountryk9s.org/AGILITY-Classes.html
Pay online via Paypal or at first class. Checks to be made out to FFCK9s.

Agility coming to town

The agility equipment was put up thanks to Bruce Gil, Carole & John Foster and Tommy Byrd to make sure we have all the pieces. Unfortunately, we are missing the base to the teeter totter but are told it will be shipped on Monday.
This equipment was purchased with RAP money. We will be hosting a big demo day in September for the community at Cedar Middle School. In the meantime, classes will be held at D&B’s Dog House in their large fenced “dog park” with instructor, Gail Workman. We will also host Fun Days and practice parties for those interested in this fun sport.
More info. to follow.

 

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Here are 7 simple steps you can take to raise big money for your nonprofit.

1. Make fundraising a priority. Don’t just say you want to raise money, commit to it. Carve out time every day to work on it. This isn’t something you can do when you have time. You must be organized and prepared when it comes to fundraising so that you can maximize your efforts. You must have a plan and work it. You can’t be successful if you’re reacting to whatever falls in your lap from day to day.

2. Understand why people give. People give for lots of different reasons – usually because they want to help, they are moved by your mission, or they want to give back. Mostly it’s because someone asked. Giving is an emotional act, backed up by logic. That’s why so many nonprofits understand how to play up the emotional side of their work, to pluck a prospect’s heart strings. When you understand the emotion behind the gifts that come to your organization, your messaging will likely be more effective.

3. Identify the best donor prospect. This may hurt your feelings, but not everyone will care about your mission. And not everyone will give. Even if you are very passionate about the work your nonprofit does, not everyone else will be. So, it’s best to get focused on those people who are likely to care about what your nonprofit is about. Start by getting clear on who is most likely to support your nonprofit. What do your current donors or volunteers have in common? Look at both demographics and psychographics, and create a profile. Once you understand your ideal donor, it’s much easier to go find others just like them.

4. Tell your story. Telling your story is key to fundraising, but what is your story? It’s who your nonprofit is and what you are doing to change the world. It’s about the lives you are changing (or saving). And it must be told in a way that’s easily understandable and meaningful to your ideal donor prospect. That means you must use simple language, leave out the jargon, and keep it short. When you tell a compelling story, people will take action. They’ll make a gift or sign up to volunteer, and isn’t that what you really want?

5. Plan how and when you will ask for a gift. This is the nitty-gritty part of fundraising! It’s best to be proactive, using well thought-out fundraising strategies, and not reacting to whatever comes along. Fundraising by default is never successful. Plan how, when, who, and what for every fundraising activity you undertake. And document it in a written plan to guide your activities so you know where you’re headed. After all, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.

6. Acknowledge and steward the gift. This may actually be the most important part of fundraising, yet the part that most nonprofits don’t get right. And it’s quite simple: Thank your donor promptly, warmly, and sincerely every time. In order to feel comfortable giving again, your donor must feel really good about giving to you. Watch how you’re communicating with the donor and make sure that everything you do builds trust. It’s the foundation of good relationships.

7. Evaluate success and Get Fully Funded. Be sure to track where money is being spent, and where money is being raised so that you know what’s working for you. Then continue doing those things that work, and stop doing those that don’t. This means that you may have to stop doing an annual event because it just isn’t worth the investment of time and money you’re putting into it.
Once you get these basics in place, fundraising becomes easier, and your confidence will increase with each successful activity.

How much water does my pet need?

“Most pet parents are unaware of how much water their pet needs on a daily basis,” said Randy Boyd, CEO and Founder of PetSafe. “On average, dogs need one ounce of water per pound of body weight.”

Symptoms of dehydration in pets include sunken eyes, lethargy, loss of appetite, dry mouth or depression. If pet owners believe their pet may be dehydrated, PetSafe encourages them to take the following steps:

1. Perform a skin test
2. Take your pet to the veterinarian immediately
3. Provide fresh, clean water daily
4. Monitor your pet’s water intake, especially in the hot summer months