2015, WHAT A YEAR! It had so many highlights, and it also came with a few sad times, which gave us the opportunity to learn from. Instead of babbling, here's 2015 in bullet form...
-CaliCan's 400th Dog Saved! Audrey!!
-We celebrated our 5th Anniversary by having the "Dog Hair Affair Gala"! Food, friends and fun!
-Our favorite airline (and the only one we use) donated two passes to anywhere Westjet flies for the purposes of auctioning off!
-Boston Pizza Albany invited the public to "test run" the staff and free food in exchange for tips....tips for CaliCan! They raised just over $3500!!
-Play 4 Paws 2: This Time It's Fur-Sonal! Thanks to our friends and supporters, Play 4 Paws 2 raised just over $2000! Plans for Play 4 Paws 3 are still up in the air. We are hoping it will go ahead in 2016.
-We met a sweet little girl who stole our hearts. Same came to us quite sick, and YOU helped rally to help her get better in forms of monetary donation.
-We named a new Foster Coordinator to the CaliCan Board (Kathleen...aka Tara's Mom) and what an amazing job she's been doing! She's redesigned the whole program and it's been a huge success ever since!
-We had our very first adoption event at Sadie's K9 Play & Stay! The team at Sadie's made our dogs, foster homes, and potential adopters feel very welcome in their facilities. All the adoptables that were present that day received successful applications and went to trial visit the following weekend!
-It was a busy month for local surrenders, including a Boston Terrier named Emily. Prior to us meeting her, she needed to have her back leg removed due to an previous accident that wasn't addressed with.
-In the five years CaliCan has been running, this was by far, the toughest months we've ever had to experience. Mabel was getting more and more sick, and Emily (the Boston Terrier) had a slipped disc in her back. Numerous trips to the vet for both dogs proved to only delay the inevitable. Mabel could no longer stand up, while Emily was constantly screaming from the amount of pain she was in (even on the highest amount of pain killers). Because Emily only had one rear leg, a surgery on her slipped disc wouldn't have been beneficial as she wouldn't have the strength to rehabilitate her back post surgery. On the very same day, in the same vet office, we had to say goodbye to Emily and Mabel.
-Did you know CaliCan has a Junior Fundraising Coordinator on the Board? Her name is Zoe and we absolutely adore her! In June, she held her very own fundraiser at her previous school. Thank you Zoe!
-We had our annual Summer BBQ! It was so great to see so many people out there this year! Each year we have this, it gets bigger and bigger! Pretty soon we'll have to change venues!