A sudden loss of income has prevented animal advocate Laura Madaras from being able to pay her mortgage. If you're not able to pay your mortgage for 3 months in California, the bank can foreclose and evict you. The mortgage can't be re-negotiated if you don't have any income. It's hoped that this fundraiser can temporarily stave off the foreclosure process so the house isn't taken away. It can give Laura Madaras another month so she can hopefully obtain employment.
Laura was highly involved with the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter in Southern California for 13 years. She initiated and funded the grooming program there for 12 years and paid for rescuers and residents to get hundreds of dogs out of the high kill shelter. Laura also ran a Facebook page that highlighted their animals in danger and shelter and adoption activities.
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Pictured on this fundraiser is special needs doggie Pam. She came from the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter and is Laura's only pet, since her other 2 dogs Weasel and Banjo recently died. Here is Pam's video:
"I did the best that I could for the longest time possible to help dogs get out of high kill shelters - From paying for haircuts, medical procedures and redemption fees so residents could get their beloved pets back home to sponsoring dog adoptions for rescue groups. I just couldn't stand seeing animals die when I knew that people wanted them. The more hours I spent, it seemed like it was very beneficial for the animals, owners and shelters.
So I continued for 13 years. However, this kept me from obtaining corporate work. I did what I felt was the right thing to do for the dogs. It was a passion, an obsession and something that went to the core of my heart and soul. This type of work opens your eyes and you can never go back to being ignorant again. As I made it my business to work with residents and rescue groups every day out on the main kennel floor, I saw people crying as their pets were screaming and howling to get out of the shelter kennel pens. The owners were distraught because they didn't have the money to get them out and a lot of animals died. I couldn't take it any more and took out cash advances on my credit cards. I met residents outside of the shelter and handed them the money to get their pets back. I realized that this was THE number one reason why so many pets are dying in shelters. It's not that the owners don't want their pets back - it's because the owners can't afford the redemption fees to get them out.
I also used my credit cards to get dogs groomed and fixed and to have their medical problems taken care of. This made it much cheaper for residents and rescuers to save their lives. I worked closely with the vet and we had a daily schedule of which dogs I wanted groomed and medically worked on.
The shelter ended my 12 year grooming program by telling the groomers that they couldn't be paid by me any more, but they never spoke to me about ending my program. I asked the City Council to address this issue since my donors were very upset and I had a huge following of people who felt that the program was instrumental in getting homes for dogs much faster and in finding microchips. It saved taxpayer money and animals returned much faster and cheaper for all concerned. I was never given the reason of why the program was stopped, but it was at a time when I was pointing out the problems of the shelter and my solutions.
I was the Moreno Valley shelter's biggest donor and drove there almost every day from San Diego county. After seeing everything that I knew could be changed for the better and instead transforming the problems into positive outcomes, I talked to hundreds of people so they knew what was going on in "kill shelters." The injustices kept taking the lives of so many animals and the pain became unbearable.
But just like so many others who are desperately trying to get animals out of shelters before they're killed, the pictures of the pets who didn't make it will be forever embedded in our brains. It doesn't ever go away.
Sadly, the economic part of those who are dedicated to helping animals also brings the huge costs to every one of these people personally. They lose their homes, spouses, neighbors, friends, families and minds. The time comes when your credit cards are maxed out and your credit is ruined; you can't sleep; you become angry; and you lose your assets. No matter what you do, you feel like you haven't done enough.
There are thousands of people like me, up all night while others are sleeping, trying to find ways to get homes for pets before the shelters kill them. Thank you for the amazing sacrifices that you all make to help defenseless animals who get placed into the awful position of being in a kill shelter. Your work truly matters to them and I will be forever grateful to you all!
But reality sets in and you know that you have no other choice and you have to end it. So I lasted for as long as I could (13 years) and am now asking you for any help that you could possibly offer, either directly or by sharing this information and fundraiser.
I tremendously appreciate what people did to help me with my last few van payments. Every dollar that people donated added up and now the van doesn't have to be re-possessed. Your help means a LOT to me during this bad time period. Thank you VERY much !!!