BOSTON (June 14, 2013) – Very recently in Boston two local women, Katie Montgomery and Megan Saucier, spearheaded a new nonprofit group that promises to save and enrich the lives of dogs and cats at risk throughout the nation. After months of research and planning the two launched their brainchild Survivor Tails Animal Rescue, and have since saved or rehomed 15 dogs and one cat from euthanasia or otherwise bleak outcomes.
“We plan to save tons more,” Montgomery stated, “but it was also very important to us that we start up right and in accordance with the law. Starting a rescue isn’t just deciding one day ‘hey, I’d like to save some animals,’ it’s a ton of work, calls, emails, questions, conversations, mistakes, research, time, money, and planning.” Per state law, the two had to license their organization with the state, designate a quarantine facility where their dogs would stay their first 48 hours in the state, choose a shelter to work with, and find a licensed transport to bring them from the south where overpopulation and euthanasia is rampant. NYC is also a high-kill city, eventually the girls aim to get approved to pull from the city’s shelter system.
Saucier has managed the bulk of the start up research and administrative duties, like updating the organization’s Facebook page with their adoptable animals, orchestrating the “pulling” of dogs from shelters, etc. while Montgomery handles a lot of the “creative stuff”: website content, written materials, and so on. “Essentially, we both do everything, it’s a lot of work and we help each other however we can,” Montgomery states. Saucier adds “anywhere from 3-5 million dogs and cats die in shelters every year just because they have nowhere else to go…and we want to change that. By letting people know that rescue is a good option for getting a new pet we can save more lives.” And a huge goal of Survivor Tails is education. “Sometimes people go to breeders or pet stores because they don’t realize healthy, wonderful animals are dying everyday. If we can show more people that and get more people to rescue a pet instead of buying one from a pet store, which is usually full of puppy mill puppies whose parents live in horrible conditions, we will have done the job we set out for,” Montgomery finishes.
The girls recognize that despite their hard work, the organization would be nothing without the trusted foster families and amazing volunteers that are integral to the rescue’s success. “We are not a shelter, so we’d have no place for our animals to go if we didn’t have foster families we could rely on. The more fosters we have, the more lives we can save,” Saucier informs. Additionally, as a nonprofit with various expenses for every animal, from vetting and spay/neuter, to microchipping, quarantining and transporting, the adoption fee just barely covers the cost of the animal. “Some people ask why there is an adoption fee for every animal, they don’t understand how expensive it is to rescue a dog or cat. We ensure he or she is healthy and up to date before we find them a forever home. It’s the legal thing to do, the right thing to do, and the only way to do it,” says Montgomery. “Funding is a huge element in helping us save lives,” adds Saucier, “we may have an open foster spot but no money to pull the animal from the shelter and pay for the vetting and other requirements. That’s why donations and fundraisers are so critical for us.” In fact, the two women are currently planning two huge fundraisers. The first – a reggae sunset cocktail party – will take place July 20 in Hull at the Sea Dog Brew Pub. They are also in the middle of planning a huge charity golf tournament at Merrimack Valley Golf Club in Methuen on September 8th. “We’re thrilled because a few of the Patriots Cheerleaders are going to be there. They’re huge animal lovers,” Montgomery says with a smile. Saucier adds, “we are still working on getting more hole sponsors, golfers, and auction items to raffle…there is a lot more work to be done, but we are hoping for a huge turnout.”
Mark, Cramer, Marlowe, Sammy, Mary, Max, Evan, Harvey, Scruffy, Molly, Jacob, Coco, Sue, and Stitch. That’s why they do it, and for the thousands of other voiceless animals that would be gassed, injected or killed by heart stick without them and organizations like them. As Montgomery says, “We can’t save them all, but we’re gonna save as many as we can with the time God gives us.”
For more information on adoptable animals and upcoming events, or to foster, volunteer, adopt, or donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-383-PETS today.
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Survivor Tails Animal Rescue