The future of Austin Boxer Rescue (ABR) is in your hands.
By now everyone knows how volatile our economy is and the impact felt by almost every organization and business from retail stores to oil & gas to restaurants and even healthcare. Austin Boxer Rescue (ABR) and other non-profits are also feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19.
A few years ago, ABR invested in a kennel facility to keep us from turning away boxers in need throughout the state of Texas. We have been very successful with our mission to save more dogs since we have a shelter facility to house our dogs while we search for their forever home. The challenge we have now is $6,000 – $7,000 of monthly overhead expenditures for the kennel alone.
As a not-for-profit organization with no government funding, the largest source of our revenue comes from adoption fees of the dogs we rescue. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have exponentially fewer dogs coming into our program, thus we are generating much less revenue to pay our fixed expenditures. While we are grateful that not as many dogs are currently in need of rescue, we believe this to be a temporary situation. In fact, we believe that with the current economic hardships many are facing, backyard breeding will become more prevalent and within a year or two there will be an unprecedented influx of dogs in need of our help.
We realize these are difficult times for everyone and few families have been untouched by the current economic situation. Many of our supporters have lost their jobs, forcing them to withdraw their monthly financial support. We are assessing the situation and making financial decisions and cutting back on anything we can to help save money. So far, we are doing okay with the changes we have made, but we are also looking at solutions to help us remain viable going forward.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? We are asking our supporters who can to initiate a monthly donation of $5, $10, or $25 on PayPal — whatever you can give. We appreciate any support you can offer during these times.
Jennifer Pope, President