At the end of 2017, the Healthy Paws Foundation announced the newest charitable grant program: The Healthy Paws Rescue Race! Through our “every quote gives hope” program, the foundation ended up giving a total of $50,000 in grants to six selected animal welfare organizations. The organizations “raced” to the finish line by collecting votes from the public via social sharing, and the organization who had the most votes received the largest grant of $20,000.
The winner for 2017’s Rescue Race? The Milo Foundation, a non-profit, no-kill organization that helps homeless pets in Northern California.
“Milo rescues an average of six animals a day, and many come with unforeseen ailments and injuries,” says Founder and Executive Director, Lynne Tingle. “The Healthy Paws Rescue Race funds will be very helpful in getting at least a handful of dogs and cats the veterinary care they need to be relieved of ongoing pain, and on the road to recovery from various health and mobility issues.”
Lynne named the Milo Foundation after her Aussie, Milo, who was only five weeks old when she discovered the puppy was both deaf and blind. Embarking on the role that Lynne called “Milo’s seeing eye person,” she developed a communication process where she would tap on the left or right side of his body to indicate which direction to go; a tap on the rear meant stop. “In the park, Milo’s feet read the ground like Braille, where he bounded around in circles with his nose in the air, barking with joy,” Lynne explains.
With this newfound chance to not just communicate with his human, but to flourish as a happy dog, Milo blossomed and became an inspiration. Lynne wanted to learn about other animals who needed a second chance (or even first), which led the founding of The Milo Foundation in August 1994. The organization provides adoption services and sanctuary for animals until permanent homes can be found, as well as community education and volunteer opportunities in Northern California.
The Milo Foundation sanctuary is located on 283 acres in Mendocino County, and is specifically used for cats and kittens, dogs and puppies, and occasionally farm animals and other domestic animals that need to be rescued. Since December 2013, the Milo Foundation’s primary adoption center is in Point Richmond, CA (MPR), which has rooms for cats, three dog yards and a ¾ acre dog park. The foundation is saving and adopting more than 1,400 animals a year.
This November, as the Milo Foundation won the $20,000 grant, Lynne mentioned that the heat had gone out in their Barn-kennel building – it was 23 years old. “The dogs’ water bowls inside had a layer of ice on them this morning!” She exclaimed. With the Rescue Race funds, they could now fix the complicated floor/heat system to keep animals warm in the winter months, with the rest of the funds slated for vet bills – especially those concerning orthopedics and even tumor removal.
The Milo Foundation enthusiastically entered and drummed up enough support to lead the charge in the Rescue Race on their Facebook pages (Milo Foundation Sanctuary and Milo Foundation Adoptions) and friendly emails and shares. Follow them for updates, and if you’re within distance of their adoption facilities, think about adding to your furry family!