A Job Well Done!

Liz_SushiBeing a non-profit no kill animal shelter is no easy task. Ask any of the number of volunteers who assist Dogs and Cats Forever, Inc. on a regular basis. Money is always tight, help is sometimes short. Every donation whether its a can of food or as simple as a dollar bill is always accepted with grace and humility on behalf of the dogs and cats entrusted to the care of the shelter.

One such volunteer in 2013 stands out. Liz Levanti, a sixteen year old sophomore at Lincoln Park Academy in Ft. Pierce started a donation drive for the animals at Dogs and Cats Forever, Inc. As part of her curriculum in the International Baccalaureate program offered through the school, Liz volunteered at Dogs and Cats Forever throughout the summer and fall of 2013. She took pictures of dogs and cats, started a Facebook page to keep people updated on the status of the fund drive and also displayed pictures in her mothers salon.

Liz raised more then $3500 in cash and donated goods to assist the animals at Dogs and Cats Forever, Inc.

It’s not everyday a person walks through the front door and donates such a significant amount of money and items. Its not every day a sixteen year old high school sophomore does it when her peers are spending the summers and weekends at the movies and beach.

Today Dogs and Cats Forever recognizes Liz for her fantastic achievements with a pizza lunch. Oh did I mention Liz is spending a portion of her spring break volunteering at the shelter? She is.

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Liz, on behalf of all the animals at Dogs and Cats Forever, Inc. we thank you for your hard work and selfless dedication to this organization. The animals and staff are very proud of you and know you will continue to succeed and go far in life with the attitude you have.

The animals and staff of Dogs and Cats Forever, Inc. thanks all the volunteers and community who donate to the organization whether its time, money, goods and services.

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Happenings at the Shelter

Recently as a direct result of successful fundraising by some very dedicated staff and volunteers at Dogs and Cats Forever, Inc. the shelter was able to upgrade its washer and dryer to a more commercial solution.

As you can imagine the amount of laundry that needs to be washed and dried when operating the premier no kill animal shelter on the Treasure Coast, can quickly become daunting and expensive. We were constantly running the residential washer and dryer day and night to keep up with the work load. Electric and repair bills for the old equipment were mounting so a decision was made to move to a commercial solution.

Now we can wash and dry a days worth of laundry in less then five loads and two hours of running time. The dryer is a gas model and uses even less electrical consumption when its running.

Martin County Propane donated the propane tank and the entire installation of the gas system at no cost to Dogs and Cats Forever, Inc. saving the shelter about $2000 in parts and labor. Martin County Propane also supplies Dogs and Cats Forever gas at a very discounted price which we are eternally grateful.

The shelter staff and volunteers now spend less time doing laundry and more time with the most important task of seeing to the welfare and benefit of the dogs and cats that are entrusted to our care.

These measures would not be possible without the support of the community who has over and over again been generous to Dogs and Cats Forever, Inc. needs to provide a safe, loving and caring environment for the most at risk and unwanted animals. Thank you for your continued generosity and support of Dogs and Cats Forever, Inc.