It’s no secret that the past couple years have been financially difficult for almost everyone. Not only are businesses and individuals suffering, but charities and non-profits are hurting as well. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy donations to major U.S. charities were down by 11% last year. Smaller local charities have not been able to escape the recession either.
Recently the Brooklyn Animal Foster Network posted a notice on its website stating no new animals could be rescued until they manage to raise $5,000. The Brooklyn Animal Foster Network is a five year old organization that rescues animals that are about to be put down at other shelters and works hard to find them a home. This worthy organization has a lot of passion behind it, but there just isn’t any money left. In fact, according to BAFN, they are actually underwater by several hundred dollars. According to their Facebook page a recent September event aimed at finding homes for needy animals left them with more new animals by the end of the evening than they had arrived with. Adoption fees are down, pet owners who cannot care for their pets are up and this combination, along with their operating and insurance costs, has spelled disaster for BAFN.
Local animal lovers can help out the struggling shelter by donating or by providing a loving home for one of their pets. They are still working with foster families to find permanent homes for the animals currently in their care, as well as honoring all their spay and neutering appointments. It won’t take much to get the Brooklyn Animal Foster Network back on their feet, but in this touch economy even a little money can be hard to find.