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Gregory’s Gift of Hope, INC
1374 HWY 65
New Richmond, WI 54017
Phone: (715) 246 - 2467*
*If leaving a message, please allow 24-48 hours for a return call. We do our best to return messages in a timely manner, but sometimes our animals require our immediate attention and messages must wait. Thank you for your patience!
| Gregory's Gift of Hope is a no-kill animal rescue/re-home program serving
western Wisconsin's St. Croix, Pierce, and surrounding counties.
GGOH WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR DOG VISITATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
WE ARE STILL OPEN FOR CAT VISITATIONS: DAILY 9AM-12PM &
5PM-8PM. (Check out our current cat/kitten specials: Click Here)
PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO READ THE INFORMATION BELOW REGARDING OUR CLOSURE FOR CANINE VISITATIONS.
It is with a heavy heart
that we write. We have been notified by the State of Wisconsin Licensing
Bureau, who governs Gregory's Gift of Hope, that a case of Canine Brucellosis
was reported to them regarding a pup adopted from us in August 2015. We are working
diligently with the state to test all of our current rescue dogs and assist the
owners of the pup’s litter mates with their testing. As the disease is
classified as being zoonotic and reportable to the state, we are stepping up
and taking the lead in notifying our adoptive families, our supporting public,
and our community members of the unfortunate instance of this disease. The pup
in question has lost his life to this disease which is heartbreaking for all
involved, including us. We are grieving his
passing in tandem with his family as he was after all, one of our beloved
rescues. We are also heartbroken for the
animals that must now be tested for this disease and for their families as
well, as we know how difficult this entire process can be.
The saddest part of this
whole situation is the fact that any dog out there could be carrying this
disease and spread it to another without anyone’s knowledge. Testing for this disease is currently not
required of breeders, rescuers or boarding facilities so it could be out there
anywhere for any dog to pick up. This
disease is also quite rare and symptoms are very similar to many other ailments
and therefore, it is often overlooked by veterinarians; diagnosis often comes
after other aliments have been ruled out.
Canine Brucellosis is considered to be an STD and more of a breeder’s
disease but it can of course, turn up in other places where there are dogs such
as dog parks, rescues, boarding kennels, doggie day care centers, groomers, and
even your vet’s office or within your neighbor’s home or yard.
Our concentration now is on tending to our
GGOH rescue animals and their medical needs while we work with the state
veterinarian and Dr. Knudson of New Richmond Veterinary Clinic, who was on site
this past Friday to assist in checking over all of our
There is a lot of information on this disease out
there to become familiar with and we encourage you to do some reading so that
you can become an informed and educated pet owner. The unfortunate piece to this information is
the threat is everywhere and until it becomes a disease that is recognized
sooner or testing becomes part of regular vetting procedures, cases will
continue to pop up in all areas of canine populations.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, GREGORY’S GIFT OF HOPE WILL
BE ON A "HOLD AND NON-MOVEMENT ORDER" WHILE WE TEST AND RETEST TO
CONFIRM A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH FOR OUR PRECIOUS RESCUE DOGS. WE WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR CAT ADOPTIONS AS THIS
IS A CANINE SPECIFIC DISEASE AND WE HAVE THE GO-AHEAD BY THE STATE TO CONTINUE
WITH FELINE ADOPTIONS.
We hope that people will
continue to support our efforts to help these animals as they will need to be
cared for, sheltered & receive routine medical care while awaiting the
final test results. The cost of testing(s) is quite expensive and with an
already non-existent budget, we are trying to hold it together for the sake of
the animals. Being of the NO-KILL philosophy, we stand behind our decision to
continue to care for our rescue dogs while we await testing results; the
welfare of our rescue dogs is always top priority. Tough decisions may need to
be made but we will do whatever is in the best interest of our canine friends.
Please take time to
educate yourself about this disease. The disease could have been brought into
our facility by any one of the hundreds of dogs in our boarding care program or
by another dog that was being rescued, or perhaps a visiting dog on the
premises; we will really never know. The
fact remains, however, the disease is out there and any of us who own canines
are at risk.
Going forward we here at
Gregory’s Gift of Hope intend to be diligent in our screening process of any
new incoming rescues and, we intend to be a voice for change. We hope you will stand behind us in our quest
to educate pet owners and help in the process to eradicate this horrible
HOME PAGE ARTICLES ...We want to make sure that you are getting all the latest news and information from GGOH and sometimes we have a lot to share. Therefore, please note that the following articles are found here on our Home page; scroll down through these articles to view.
* HELP SAVE OUR RESCUE - we need YOUR help!
Click Here --> GoFundMe - Help Save Our Rescue
* OUR NEW SANCTUARY PROGRAM IS UNDER WAY! - in response to a growing need for long-term
care, GGOH has implemented a sanctuary program for both cats and dogs. This is an evolving program but,
we are well under way and happy to report our official launch of this new endeavor.
GENERAL ITEMS THAT ARE NEWSWORTHY:
* WE NEED YOU ~ BECOME A VOLUNTEER! - Can you spare a few hours a week to help us out?
Summertime is very busy for everyone and during this time, our volunteer staff gets spread a little thin.
Can't say that we blame anyone because we all want to make the best of our short summer season but truth
be told, the animals don't care what season it is and they count on us for their care. Stop in today to talk to
one of our volunteer coordinators and see how you can help.
* BENEFIT WINES - Benefit Wines will donate $6 per bottle of wine ordered. There are six varieties to choose
from and each bottle's label has a picture of one of Gregory's rescues. Visit our personal GGOH
Benefit Wines page to see what wines are being offered. Click Here --> BenefitWines/Gregory
* CRITICAL CROSSROADS ~ A CALL FOR ACTION! - become a sustaining member and help
save a life.
HELP SAVE OUR RESCUE ...Click Here ----> GoFundMe - Help Save Our Rescue
Meet Timber. Timber is the product of dog fighting. Gregory's Gift of Hope was called to help when Timber was found by a local resident wandering in their yard. One look at Timber and we knew we had to help. Timber is covered in scars, is very under-weight and has visible signs of pain and discomfort when walking due to bone injuries that were not treated properly. Timber suffered greatly at the hands of some pretty despicable humans - we could not let this sweet dog live the rest of his life knowing only pain and suffering. Even with all of his injuries and with all of the mistreatment he has endured, he remains the sweetest dog and will shower you with kisses and tail wags when you greet him. How could we say no to this - we couldn't!
Now to the guts of the matter - Timber's care is going to be costly, and our little no-kill rescue is in dire need of funding to continue with our mission of saving and helping those in need. A GoFundMe campaign has been created by one of our dedicated volunteers - you'll find the link above. We would be more than appreciative if you would consider making a donation and sharing this campaign with family and friends. We've been here when the community has needed us and now, we need our community to step up and be there for us.
We will continue to post updates on Timber here on our website as well as on our Facebook page and on the GoFundMe campaign site.
The following was submitted for immediate (press) release on
March 15, 2016:
Gregory's Gift of Hope To Create
Animal Sanctuary Program
Gregory's Gift of Hope (GGOH), a no-kill animal rescue/shelter serving St. Croix, Pierce and surrounding
counties, is launching a sanctuary program in response to the growing number of discarded animals who are in need of life-long care and love.
Animals entering this program will initially transition from their existing adoption program but in the future, and as space allows, the program will also be open to animals coming to the facility who are in need of care until they are called “home”.
Two areas of their current facility will be designated as sanctuary space. "Rusty's Room" will be dedicated to a very special feline who passed from cancer after a lengthy stay at Gregory's and "Kelso's Kennels" will be dedicated to one of their current canines who will be the first rescue animal to enter into this new sanctuary program.
GGOH Animal Rescue was founded in 2004 by Colleen O’Shaughnessy out of her passion for animal welfare. Their mission is to offer refuge, nourishment and medical attention to injured, abused, abandoned, homeless and discarded animals. The organization is operated entirely by dedicated unpaid volunteers who donate their time. This means that any funds entering the program can go straight to caring for the animals. They currently receive no city, county or government funding.
GGOH is looking for businesses or private individuals to become sustaining donors, for their continued rescue efforts, sponsors for the new sanctuary spaces and their ongoing local community adoption and fundraising events.
To learn more please visit www.ggoh-inc.com or contact Colleen O’Shaughnessy by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (715) 246-2467.
CRITICAL CROSSROADS ~ A CALL FOR ACTION!
Gregory's Gift of Hope has found itself in a tough spot; a critical crossroads.
For several months now, GGOH has been walking the tightrope of time, hoping to reach the other side without faltering or falling. We have been struggling to keep our facility open to the public due to lack of funds coupled with the intake of several animals that have been in need of critical care. As a rescue organization with a no-kill philosophy, this is very upsetting to all of us here who volunteer our time on a daily basis - we shudder to think that the unthinkable is very near to becoming reality. Day-to-day we hope and pray that we can continue our mission of helping those in need, both those who have yet to cross our doorstep as well as those that are currently in our care. It's stressful and troublesome but, there is hope, and that hope begins with YOU.
It is difficult and heartbreaking to continually ask for help, but it must be done; if we do not ask, we will not receive. We currently have very few who have pledged their help by becoming a monthly sponsor and an even lesser amount of individuals who have chosen to donate on a regular basis. Please understand that we greatly appreciate every penny we receive and to those of you who do donate regularly, your generosity is not overlooked - we are thankful for what you have been able to give and we consider you all part of our GGOH family. Sadly though, our family is quite small. We NEED to grow our support pool and we must do it with a sense of urgency. Now is the time to take action; we are very close to closing our doors but we have faith that this can be turned around.
There are many ways that you can help:
1) PLEASE consider becoming a sustaining member as this is the number one way that will help keep us from going under; you can pledge via PayPal using the "Donate" option above or you can pledge to help on a regular basis via other means (i.e. mailed donations or donations dropped off at our facility in person);
2) Making a payment on our veterinary bills ~ New Richmond Vet @ 715-246-4800 $10,100.00 balance; Hudson Pet Hospital @ 715-386-3511 $4,500.00 balance;
3) Pledge to sponsor your favorite rescue or sponsor a rescue who is currently receiving special medical care (ex: we have several rescues right now who are receiving medical care for treatable types of cancer).
While this may be harsh, we cannot hide the truth - without help from the animal loving community which includes people such as yourself, our rescue mission will not be able to continue, and hundreds of helpless animals in need will perish. Please do not let this happen; we know we can turn this around with your help. Make a pledge today and share our mission with your family and friends - sharing our story and our mission will help to take us in the right direction.
For your generosity, compassion, and understanding, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts & paws!