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We now have a Facebook site. We hope you will join the site to keep up to date with dogs up for adoption, events, fundraisers and happy tails!

Shelter contest

The Animal Rescue Site is having another online contest for shelters and rescues! We won the contest for the state of South Dakota in May and won $1,000! We spent the funds on spaying and neutering animals from low income homes in our area. If we win this contest we will once again be spending the funds on spaying and neutering pets from lower income homes to reduce the pet overpopulation crisis!

Ways you can help spread the word:

1) Forward this page to family, friends, coworkers asking them to vote for Almost Home and help spread the word!
 
2) Join our fan page and invite your Facebook friends to join as well!
 
3) Watch KSFY news tonight and Eye On KELOLAND on Sunday night for news coverage of our spay and neuter programs!
 
Again, we thank you so much for all your support, kindness and votes!  The prize money is spent entirely on spaying and neutering pets from low income homes and we are making a huge impact on reducing the unwanted pet overpopulation in our area through these programs! 

 



We often hear from people who want to help our rescue, but cannot provide foster care. There are other ways you can help our rescue! Here are some ways to help our rescue if you cannot do foster care:

  • Spay or neuter your dog & cat-encourage others to do the same!
  • Save ink cartridges & collect from family, friends, work
  • Donate money or items on our wish list
  • Help plan and fundraise for new shelter
  • Help with fundraising
  • Volunteer to help at events
  • Help with home checks & adoptions
  • Transport dogs
  • Assist with education opportunities
  • Write educational materials
    Have a talent that you think we can use? Contact us!
Link to adoptable pets.

 

Almost Home Dog Rescue is dedicated finding the best possible home for all the pets in our care. We are dedicated to helping each adoptive family find the newest member of the family that will best meet the family's and the pet's needs and life style.

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Adoption fees vary depending on the care required to rehabilitate each individual pet, but usually range from $75.00-$200.00.

LINKS

Fostering Saves Lives

Email:almosthomesd@yahoo.com
605 270-1145

Request an application today to foster a dog or cat.

 

Almost Home has begun our Capital Fund Campaign for our new shelter! We hope to have a shelter of our own within the next few years. Almost Home will be holding many fun-filled fundraisers and events in the near future to raise money for our shelter. We are also accepting donations for our Capital Fund which are tax deductible . Donations can be sent to Almost Home PO Box 129 Madison, SD 57042 or can be sent to Great Western Bank 301 N Egan Ave Madison, SD 57042.

Please make a note that your donation is for the Capital Fund. All donations are tax deductible and appreciated! Check the web site for future news and fundraisers.

The Problem in General
Over $2 billion is spent annually by local governments to shelter and ultimately destroy 8-10 million adoptable cats and dogs because of a shortage of homes. Source: Business Wire Features 2/16/99

7 dogs and cats are born every day for each person born in the United States; only 1 in 5 puppies and kittens stay in their original home for his/her natural lifetime; the other 4 are abandoned to the streets or end up at a shelter. Source: The Humane Society of the United States.

An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per years, with 2.8 surviving kittens per year can total 11,606,077 cats in only 9 years. Source: Spay USA
An unspayed female dog, her mate and all of their puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed, add up to 67,000 dogs in 6 years. Source: Spay USA

Approximately 25% of the animals in shelters are purebred. Source: The Fund for Animals -- Kim Sturla

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Almost Home receives grant!

Almost Home Canine Rescue of Madison and Sioux Falls, SD has been awarded a grant in advertising time from KELO-TV as part of the station’s Tradition of Caring Grant program.

Almost Home was one of 10 applicants to be awarded portions the $150,000 in total advertising time donated by the station.

The winners were selected from 88 applications and announced Monday January 9th, 2009.

KELO-TV

 

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Our Address In Sioux Falls:
Almost Home Dog Rescue
PO Box 129 Madison, SD 57042

Almost Home Dog Rescue is Incorporated and 501c3 Non-Profit.

Fabulous News!

We are honored to announce that our community outreach spay / neuter program has been awarded a grant from the The Effie C Skaarud Animal Welfare and Appreciation Fund of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation

This grant will be used to spay and neuter pets belonging to low income pet-owners who could not otherwise afford the procedure and consequently would have a greater potential to contribute to the unwanted pet population. Last year, primarily through this grant, we were able to prevent the birth of 6585 unwanted puppies and kittens.

If you know anyone who needs assistance with spay/neuter costs, please have them contact us for an application.

Almost Home would like to thank the
Jason Debus Heigl Foundation
for their generosity! 

The foundation is sponsoring our new arrivals from puppymills.  6 out of 7 of these dogs are pregnant and need extensive medical care and high quality food.  We are incredibly honored to receive this donation and also would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Nancy Heigl and her support of our efforts rescuing puppy mill dogs.  Here are the dogs that are being sponsored:

Mill Dogs

 

We have new adoptables!  Check them out here: Link

Be sure to check out and join our Facebook page to keep up with the latest rescue news: Link
 
And last of all- We have taken in over 80 puppymill dogs in the last 3 weeks.  All of these dogs were rescued from South Dakota breeders.  Most of the dogs were transfered to other rescue groups; Almost Home has about 10 of the dogs in our care.  All needed very expensive medical care and 2 of the dogs need orthopedic surgery to correct luxating patella's (very bad knee's).  Luckily Dr. Bill Ouverson can do the surgery to correct this painful condition, but the surgeries will be expensive.  We are doing a CHIPIN fundraiser to offset some of the costs of the surgeries which will ensure the dogs will live painfree lives in the future.  Here is the link:
 
http://almosthome.chipin.com/orthopedic-surgeries-for-chihuahuas

van

We have exciting news! A generous donor helped us purchase a new cargo van to transport dogs when doing large scale rescues! YAHOOO! We desperately needed a good, reliable, large vehicle to rescue dogs.

Update on Angel she is now healthy and has a new home on April 03rd..

Angel healthy

Angel was rescued on 2/25/10 during a puppymill rescue- 17 dogs were saved that day. Angel is 12 weeks old and weighs a mere 1 pound 3 ounces; she is emaciated and malnourished.

Angel was diagnosed with pneumonia, dehydration and malnutrition.

Angel was cared for throughout the night and had a seizure early in the morning. Again, we rushed her to the vet where she was put in an incubator and given fluids and intensive care. Angel was near death. Later that day Angel suprised all of us by improving and becoming more alert! She was sent home on a strict feeding schedule; Angel must be handfed every 2-3 hours and have a heating pad available at all times to keep her body temperature up.

Poor little Angel is full of parasites. She has giardia, coccidia and roundworms. No wonder this precious little girl is so sick!

We are doing thisfundraiser to offset her medical and food bills.

Click on her picture to donate towards her care.

Placing Dogs On The Road To Recovery

It took a caravan and dozens of kennels. Hearts United for Animals made its largest rescue ever when it took in 106 dogs from eight breeders in Nebraska late last week.

Now Julie Lavin of Almost Home Canine Rescue in Madison is helping lead 27 of them down the road to recovery.

Click here for full story.

The Problem in General
Over $2 billion is spent annually by local governments to shelter and ultimately destroy 8-10 million adoptable cats and dogs because of a shortage of homes. Source: Business Wire Features 2/16/99

7 dogs and cats are born every day for each person born in the United States; only 1 in 5 puppies and kittens stay in their original home for his/her natural lifetime; the other 4 are abandoned to the streets or end up at a shelter. Source: The Humane Society of the United States.

An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per years, with 2.8 surviving kittens per year can total 11,606,077 cats in only 9 years. Source: Spay USA
An unspayed female dog, her mate and all of their puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed, add up to 67,000 dogs in 6 years. Source: Spay USA

Approximately 25% of the animals in shelters are purebred. Source: The Fund for Animals -- Kim Sturla


The public acquires only 14% of its pets from shelters; 48% get their pets as strays, from friends, from animal rescuers, 38% get their pets from breeders or pet stores. Source: The Humane Society of the United States.
Only 42% of cat owners and 39% of dog owners are aware of the pet-overpopulation problem. Source: Massachusetts SPCA survey 1993


YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Spay and Neuter your pet which is the true meaning of responsible pet ownership and love; sterilizing your pets prevents the birth of more homeless animals.

Adopt a homeless pet.
Spay or neuter a local stray.
Tell others the good reasons to spay and neuter pets.

DO NOT, under any circumstances, buy a dog in a petstore. Here is why: http://www.prisonersofgreed.org/

Make an appointment with your veterinarian to spay or neuter your pet today.


Your spayed or neutered pet will be happier and healthier:
Neutered pets can't develop testicular tumors, the second most common malignancy in males, and have a lower incidence of prostate cancer, which is better for your pet and means lower medical bills.


Spayed females typically stay healthier and live longer. They have a lower incidence of mammary tumors and no uterine or ovarian cancers, which is better for your pet and means lower medical bills.

Neutered/spayed pets are less aggressive, less likely to fight, and less likely to bite, as documented in studies.

Neutered/spayed pets (especially males) are less territorial and less likely to roam. Research indicates that 80% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered males.

Neutered pets are less likely to mark furniture and rugs with urine.

Spayed females will not have heat cycles that soil rugs and furniture and usually shed less fur.

Sterilization does not change the pet's personality or cause weight gain.

Removing the urge to mate focuses more of a pet's attention on the caregiver, aiding in training. Sterilized pets behave better.
Sources: American Humane Association, Humane Society of the United States, Cornell University's DogWatch

PLEASE DONATE YOUR ALUMINUM CANS

Drop off your cans at Lake Vet Clinic in Madison. A kennel is outside the clinic, just drop your bags inside the kennel.

cans

ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE USED TO FUND OUR SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAM
TO REDUCE THE PET OVERPOPLATION CRISIS!
Pet's in cages.
UNTIL THERE ARE NONE