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Homes for "Hard to Place" Animals

$1,200raised of $4,000 goal

Organizer: Jennifer Bynum Beneficiary: Jackson County Animal Shelter & S. Oregon Humane Society

Offset adoption fees for least-likely to be adopted cats and dogs in two local shelters.

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1) Featured live on KDRV. Watch:
2) See KDRV Ch.12's brief write-up:
3) See video featured on KOBI TV Medford Channel 5 here:

4) KDVL Medford Ch. 10: 
5) Featured in Mail Tribune:
6) Visit our facebook page for other updates, funny, and heartwarming pictures and stories:

BACKGROUND - After reading a story on Facebook from a woman who works inside a shelter and the unfortunate circumstances of the 72 hour adoption window before they are euthanized for space, I felt an angry passion to do something against this unfortunate reality. But what? I can't tackle this national problem. I could, however, do something for my local shelters. My shelters do not euthanize for space, they are usually receiving the excess from saving trains and other shelters in and around the state that become overcrowded and would prefer not to euthanize for space. So shelters in our area open their doors.

Directors from both shelters expressed to me their sadness that they simply cannot accomodate all the requests they receive for admittance. "I know every morning my email is filled with little faces I have to turn down, because we just don't have the room. It's like writing their death sentence." If other shelters around the state can't take them, they have no choice but to euthanize.

Shelters try their best to care for animals and get them adopted in loving homes. Unfortunately, circumstances of finances, space, and demand restrict their scope of affect. Shelters in California are swamped with Pitbulls and Chihuahuas, stigmatized breeds that rise and fall with fashion, leaving an abundance of overbred dogs needing homes.

I decided to focus on what they call "hard to place" dogs and cats. This includes certain breeds like Pitbulls and Chihuahuas, elder animals that may require more and unforseen medical costs compared to younger ones, and animals with minor social or behavioral issues that are less appealing to passing patrons and whom may require specialized attention, rehabilitation, or training.

Some animals develop behavioral issues while in the high-stress environment of a shelter. Noise is unpredictable, incessant, and startling being in an area with numerous other animals and foot traffic. Affection is exchanged through a wire fence, unless they can be walked by volunteer staff. Animals that are sweet and behaved when offered time out of the kennel, display unappealing behaviors like jumping in cage, barking, apathy, or excessive whining. Some animals shut down or become irritable from the environment.

My plan is to raise $4000 for a fund my two local shelters will use to cover a significant portion of the adoption fees on animals that have been unadopted beyond the average stay, or whom are expected to be harder to place than most due to any of the above criteria. The goal is to offset the foreseeable extra cost and care an animal may require. 

To further raise awareness on the issue of current trends of hard to place animals, I will write two articles or pamphlets, "The Truth about Pitbulls" and "Advantages of Adopting an Older Animal" to be made available at the shelters for patrons as a way of educating potential adoptees, and maybe reducing the chance of newly adopted “hard to place” animals from being returned.

I am running this on my own time as a community service project. I do not represent either of these shelters. I only wish to support their daily efforts to do good for animals in our valley and state. Help me make this simple cause possible with any support you can provide! Making a difference starts with a single step, a single dollar, a single life.

UPDATE: Hand-made hemp bracelets available for $5 contribution purchase! Features hand-painted paw print on wood bead. Three sizes:  Small, Medium, and Large. When you donate your $5 increments, type in the message what size you wish, and provide your email so you can give me your mailing address. Please include an extra $0.50 in your order for mailing cost. Custom orders are negotiable!
JC Animal Shelter (for current animal listings)
Southern Oregon Humane Society

Link to story that inspired me to support my shelters.
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by Jennifer Bynum
Facebook page is updated! Follow along to see funny or heartwarming photos and stories I post regularly on your news feed. Please like and help me build support!

by Jennifer Bynum
We now have a facebook page! Comes check it out for more stories, updates, and related material to this cause.

by Jennifer Bynum
I can't believe we're almost at $1000, the first quarter mark! Still so far to go though. I made a poster board that I will be using in Rotary club presentations (hopefully). Will post a pic of it soon! I have also made two boxes of bracelets. Will need volunteers to help me sell them. Not everyone can donate money, so if you would like to donate your time and energy, send me a message. I am based in Medford, OR. Prefer locals since it might not balance the cost of sending you a box (unless you think you can sell a lot, which would be awesome!).

by Jennifer Bynum
Ch. 10 Did broadcast an evening showing of our recorded interview from Mon (3/10/14). My reporter is working to get the video available for me to link and gain further views on their website about my cause. Thank you to Ch.10 News Team for your help in showing my story twice in one day!

by Jennifer Bynum
Ch. 12 Put up the video with brief story of my live interview from the morning of 3/12/14 (Wed). This was one of my better ones. Been difficult to get all the info I want to across in a two minute time slot. Supposed to be a taste though, I guess. Thank you to the News Team at Ch.12 for helping me get awareness for this effort out!

by Jennifer Bynum
Three segments on local ch 10 morning news.

First segment is intro, second is with Barbara, director of JC Animal about their free training, third is us both and I state a fear and fact about Pitbulls.

I am also making bracelets for $5 a piece. If you would like to contribute to this cause by purchasing one or more, send me a message with sizes you want (sm, md, lg) and what color you prefer (green, blue, purple, red, light gray). I will hand deliver if you live in Medford, or I can send in an envelope to you after you make a $5 payment through this site's paypal donation system. Attach a message with your address with your secure payment. All personal information will be honored as private and destroyed after the delivery is made.

Funny pics of dogs on their leave from the shelter from being adopted.

by Jennifer Bynum
Live Interview with presetation scheduled for 3/10/14 on local channel 10 morning news. I will post it when I can! Keep helping me network! This fund could help 50 animals get adopted.

by Jennifer Bynum
KOBI TV Featured my story on 5 o'clock news today. Read the article and see the aired video here:

by Jennifer Bynum
I am meeting with the Jackson County Animal Shelter today to discuss their status. They take in animals indiscriminately. I also met with a retired author/inventor who not only is interested in donating, but has offered to mentor me about doing a presentation for Rotary clubs, and talking to local radio stations as my next fundraising step.

by Jennifer Bynum
The Mail Tribune ran this story to help funnel support to the cause. Read it here:

Thank you Buffy and staff for providing a network for this cause. Please help me continue to raise funds to offset the adoption fee on certain 'hard to place' animals at my two local shelters by donating or networking in your own circles. Every dollar counts and goes directly toward a dollar off the cost of adoption.

by Jennifer Bynum
Following up with my meeting with SO Humane Society's directors, I am going in for a photo op today for a journalist to write a story on this fundraiser.

Due to some concerns expressed to me by the Society, I was going to change the word "Unlikely" in the title to "Hard" and thereby change the link as well to better express the fact that though some animals are difficult to place, they still get placed, whether in a week or a year. However, the site is not allowing me to change the link, so that will remain the same I suppose. I did change the title to be more accurate. Anyone who is helping me network, please list the corrected title of the fundraiser in your correspondance. You may use the original link or you may use

The reason for this change is that the shelter gets every animal they take on adopted. The Jackson County shelter as well dedicates to adoption once they take an animal on, so this fundraiser will be helping get animals adopted who are most difficult to get adopted:  senior animals, pitbulls and chiuahuas, those with medical issues or minor behavioral problems, sometimes even bigger dogs. I want to help focus in on those kinds of animals that are hard to place and get them adopted sooner rather than later by drawing attention to them. Many of these animals become harder to get adopted the longer they stay at the shelter because they settle in and stop showing excitement at meeting potential adoptees. Pitbulls have been known to become irritable and depressed the longer they remain, as many others do. Hopefully we can attract and incentivize willing adoptees to these animals, by covering some of the fee and educating them about managing the animals' special needs (pitbulls especially).

When the story comes out, please help with 'balls to the walls' networking!

To be especially clear for my networkers, I am not associated with these shelters, I am an independent fundraiser administrator with these shelters as my recipients. For the potential risk of reputation to these shelters, please specify that I am raising money for this cause/idea of which the shelters are recipients of. Thank you!

by Jennifer Bynum
Meeting with the Humane Society Directors Tuesday the 21st. More details to follow. Expect an article in the Tribune shortly after.

by Jennifer Bynum
The deadline has been extended until February, so if you haven't yet, or would like to contribute more (someone tells me they wish to donate regularly in small increments), click the green Donate button. I am in the process of contacting my local stations, and connecting with the two shelters about more details.

This will not stop until the goal is reached.
If you need help processing your donation via paypal, let me know and I will walk you through the process. It is fairly straight forward, but there are a couple oddities that have confused someone before.

I will be meeting this week with shelter directors and a writer for the Mail Tribune. Thank you to those who have contributed so far, I get emails from every time a payment is made! A personal thank you to my mother for helping me network, she has exhibited quite a passion for this and a boldness I've never seen. As well to my grandmother, whom I can't recall ever meeting, but who has contributed two months in a row now.

by Jennifer Bynum
A spokesperson for the Jackson County Animal Shelter wished I make some clarifications: 

The JC Shelter handles adoptions, "Animal Control deals with bite cases, dangerous dogs, and nuisance dogs outside of the Shelter....We deal with primarily stray animals (no known owners), feral cats, and a few animals that are surrendered by their owners -- usually ones that SoHumane doesn't have room for or don't meet their admissions criteria." They do NOT euthanize for space, time, or age. My reference to the article that inspired me to help my local shelters does not reflect the shelter featured in the article. SOHumane takes animals from overcrowded shelters like that where turn over has to be high in order to process the number of animals in the area being abandoned, found stray, aren't being adopted, etc. These are different models. I am not imposing judgment on either. The problem is getting animals adopted, keeping up on the financial cost, and preventing more animals from entering into the system with spay/neuter campaigns. I simply want to support my local shelters in the work they do, and see hard to place animals in our area get adopted.

"Once Jackson County makes a decision to place an animal into adoption, it commits to finding a home for that animal regardless of how long it takes, as long as there are no significant changes in behavior or health that emerge later, which make the animal unadoptable. Fortunately, this doesn't happen very often. For Jackson County, it's primarily adult cats, pit bulls, and other large, high energy, untrained dogs that linger the longest."

Thank you to Barbara for the information! Please continue to help us network! Each person who shares this does a tremendous help to this cause.

by Jennifer Bynum
I talked to the Director of Operations at S.O. Humane Society, who had this to say: "People don't realize how much cost goes into each animal we bring in. For every dog we bring in, we lose close to $500 in shelter, feeding, vet care, supplies, etc." The adoption fee is a minimum, and actually has gone down in the last few years, but it also is dependent on each case. One dog might be more expensive at the same shelter over another. Some animals do have a significant amount of their fees covered. She said their greatest problem is the "unlikely to place" animals, which includes:  Pitbulls and chiuahas (a major problem for the whole country right now), elder animals that might have more or unforeseen medical problems than a younger one, and ones with minor behavioral issues that deter a person from adopting because they want that sweet, approachable animal, not the one that's depressed, laying in the corner when you call them because they have been there too long and too used to the disappointment of a friendly person walking on by.

She also said she has a significant waiting period for surrendered animals (that's right, people waiting to surrender their animals), and transfers from shelters that do euthanize for space and are trying to save their "stock" by moving it onto a shelter with space and a no-kill policy. She knows every day she will have to say 'no' to a lot of little faces someone is hoping to save, because they are overwhelmed with animals coming in from all over, knowing that she signed their death sentence.
This is where I want to focus my efforts, on those most "unlikely to place" animals. I am scheduling a meeting with two directors at the Humane society to work out details about my plan and the reality of the problems they face. All I can do at the moment is nurture this idea of raising money to reduce adoption fees on select "unlikely to place" animals at these two shelters. Then, raise awareness like hell of an adoption openhouse for these reduced cost animals.

Any help you can provide will directly increase an animal's chance for finding a loving home that would otherwise live their life out in a cage watching people dismiss them again and again while new and younger ones walk out the door joyfully with new guardians.

Making a difference starts with a single step, a single dollar, a single life.

by Jennifer Bynum
Launch day, finally, after a week to set up all the financial aspects.

I will be sending personal email thanks to contributions of $50 and under. Any amount more will be a hand-written letter or phone call of gratitude (if you are comfortable with that).





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