What’s better than giving a gift from the heart that also does good? This holiday season, Operation Kindness – North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal shelter – presents its end of year holiday campaign “Stock Our Hospital” highlighting gift giving opportunities in their 2018 Kindness Katalog. This year’s Kindness Katalog focuses on the medical services at Operation Kindness. The goal of the “Stock Our Hospital” campaign, is to help stock Operation Kindness’ hospital and replenish the medicine and medical supplies used in caring for more than 5,000 animals each year. Sam Pack Auto Group’s Five Star Subaru of Grapevine will help in this effort by donating $100 for every car sold from Dec. 1-31.
Operation Kindness is one of the only shelters in Texas that willingly takes animals that are in need of costly lifesaving services or medical attention. Operation Kindness is the only shelter in Texas that routinely offers its animals life-saving advanced surgeries such as open-heart and hip dysplasia. Operation Kindness’ annual medical budget is $1.2 million, and they receive no government funding. In 2017, Operation Kindness completed or paid for:
- 3,140 spays and neuters;
- Treated 529 cases of heartworms;
- Treated 2,083 cases of upper respiratory infections; and,
- 363 orthopedic, ophthalmic and internal surgeries.
The mascot for this year’s “Stock Our Hospital” holiday campaign is two-year-old chihuahua Macy, who originally came to Operation Kindness from a municipal shelter partner. When Macy was rescued, she had a rear leg fracture and needed surgery. The broken leg would have resulted in euthanasia at any other shelter. Macy required multiple rounds of X-rays, splints, medication, lab tests, care in ICU and lots of fluids. Her adoption fee doesn’t even begin to cover all her medical expenses. With the help of Operation Kindness and their medical team, Macy is now fully recovered and is available for adoption.
Operation Kindness serves as the “go-to” partner for 47 municipal shelters and rescue centers that have run out of space or don’t have the proper resources to provide the right medical care to homeless animals in urgent need. In fact, in 2017 63 percent of all animals at Operation Kindness came from shelter partners. Operation Kindness’ shelter partners know that they will treat any injury or illness if there’s an opportunity for the pet to have a good quality of life.
“Operation Kindness cares for thousands of animals every year,” said Jim Hanophy, CEO of Operation Kindness. “Most of the animals we treat are from shelters who were going to euthanize the pet due to not having the proper medical treatments. Operation Kindness comes in and rescues the animal, treats them back to health and then finds them their forever homes. But the demand far exceeds the supply, which is why we are asking the North Texas community to help us “Stock Our Hospital.”
From life-saving surgeries to vaccinations, there are delightful gifts at all price points to show compassion while delighting a loved one, friend, client or employee. After selecting the Kindness Katalog donation gift on the shelter’s website, donors have the option to send the gift recipient an e-card or donor’s may opt to download a DIY version. One hundred percent of the proceeds will directly benefit the medical needs of homeless animals at Operation Kindness.
For more information on Operation Kindness’ “Stock Our Hospital Campaign,” visit www.OperationKindness.org or go directly to the Kindness Katalog – http://support.operationkindness.org/site/R?i=SRLNL19l3DHSOxZfinrAug.Submitted by Heather Gilbert. Email: email@example.com