Updates on LAA’s Pet Food Bank, S/N Program, and Annual Fundraiser

Due to COVID-19, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors has made changes to its programs and to its annual Wine & Howl fundraiser. The latter has been set for for July 18th (rescheduled from its usual June date) at Deer Springs Winery and will run just in the evening (when hopefully the weather is cooler) from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. If the event happens, there will be precautions due to COVID-19. Also, in the wake of COVID-19, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors will not be issuing spay/neuter vouchers for the foreseeable future. While it will continue to operate its pet food bank, distributions will be “no-contact.” … Continue reading Updates on LAA’s Pet Food Bank, S/N Program, and Annual Fundraiser

Tribute to Long-Term LAA Volunteer

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors wishes to pay tribute to Joyce Teets for her ten years of volunteer service. It also thanks everyone who supported them on Give to Lincoln Day. Finally, it reminds the Lancaster County community to mark July 18th as the date (if allowed) for LAA’s annual Wine & Howl. Teets first got involved with Lincoln Animal Ambassadors when some of her neighbors asked her for help with the community cats at Wyuka. “We had to trap the cats and get them to The Cat House for Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR),” said Teets.” I don’t think I understood … Continue reading Tribute to Long-Term LAA Volunteer

Interview with Pam Hoffman

The past two days I have been posting about the Sadie Dog Fund. In 2007, Pam Hoffman wrote a book about her special needs cocker spaniel. With the proceeds from her Sadie Dog picture book, Hoffman created The Sadie Dog Fund, a non-profit organization that helps to save the lives of dogs by offering financial assistance for mobility solutions, therapies, or surgeries that are too costly for pet parents. Today it’s my pleasure to present an interview with her, in which she shares a little more about her personal life as well as talks about animal welfare. PERSONAL BACKGROUND ALLISON: … Continue reading Interview with Pam Hoffman

Review: Sadie Dog by Pam Hoffman

“Give them love. Keep them safe” is how Pam Hoffman signs every copy of Sadie Dog, a glossy picture book she wrote about her special needs dog. This heartwarming biography, with lavish illustrations, was written in honor of Hoffman’s loving cocker spaniel. “Once there was a cute little cocker spaniel named Sadie who was born on April Fools’ Day….” So begins the story of a lady and her beloved dog. As a teacher of writing clubs, I can tell you that describing one’s pet and more especially special moments with them can be a tough task. Hoffman perfectly helps readers … Continue reading Review: Sadie Dog by Pam Hoffman

How a Children’s Book Inspired The Sadie Dog Fund

My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs who are introverts is to let their passion guide them.  My passion for wanting to help save dogs’ lives and keep them at home is what drives me to continue with Sadie Dog Fund.  I am not paid to do this.  My reward is knowing that I have helped dogs. Shy. Quiet. Introverted. These probably aren’t the adjectives that you’d associate with the founder of a non-profit. Nor are these the descriptors you’d probably expect of an animal activist. And so it are these surprising traits that sparked my interest in interviewing Pam Hoffman. I … Continue reading How a Children’s Book Inspired The Sadie Dog Fund

The Real Cost of Pet Ownership

The cost of pet ownership is something everyone needs to carefully consider. In this article, I’ll cover the minimal cost of owning a pet, share stories of unexpected expenses, and suggest some cost-saving measures. THE MINIMAL COST OF PET OWNERSHIP Let’s start with the cost of owning a pet. What follows are two tables. The first lists the initial costs of bringing a dog or cat into one’s family, while the second lists the annual costs of keeping a dog or cat. For the purchase of a dog or cat, I listed the lowest local adoption price I found. If … Continue reading The Real Cost of Pet Ownership

Nebraska Groups That Help Pets

Welcome to our directory of Animal Welfare Groups for Nebraska! If your favorite organization isn’t listed, please let us know and we’ll gladly add. *NOTE: Foster-based rescues and no-kill shelters are both listed under rescues. GENERAL SERVICES Ask a Vet For the Love of Paws (animal transport, Nebraska) Blue River Pet Rescue (Seward) Domesti-Pups (service dogs) Family Pet Project (resources) Joining Forces Saving Lives (coalition) Lincoln Animal Ambassadors (spay/neuter, food bank) Lost Pets of Lancaster (lost pets) Noah’s Assistance Dogs (service dogs) Pets in Omaha (education, Omaha) Raptor Recovery (injured or orphaned birds of prey) Underground Railroad Kitten Network (national) Voice for Companion Pets (Grand Island) Wildlife Rescue … Continue reading Nebraska Groups That Help Pets

Financial Safety Nets for Pet Owners

According to a study by the Open Journal of Animal Science called The Re-Homing of Cats and Dogs in the U.S., one of the top reasons for a pet owner to relinquish a pet is their inability to afford veterinarian costs, especially when household income is less than $50,000 a year. I interviewed a local veterinarian and a practice manager about this topic and both noted that money problems are a frequent topic of conversation between pet owners and veterinarians. The most often recommended solutions to unaffordable veterinarian costs include: preventive care, an emergency fund and/or pet insurance, CARE credit, … Continue reading Financial Safety Nets for Pet Owners

Pet Food Banks Help Pet Owners in Need

An estimated 23 million dogs and cats live in poverty with their families in the United States, says the Humane Society of the United States. No wonder financial hardship accounts for 25% of the pets that are surrendered to shelters. For families who face the difficult decision of whether to give up their pet, being able to turn to a pet food bank can make all the difference. A pet food bank provides emotional relief to owners who can no longer provide for their pets. Some pet owners will take food from their own mouths to feed their pets or … Continue reading Pet Food Banks Help Pet Owners in Need

How Rio Helped Sharon and Now Needs Our Help

Four years ago, Sharon’s life was dramatically changed by a young Hungarian Vizla. Rio is a service dog trained to handle diabetes. Sharon used to rely on a motorized chair for her mobility but, thanks to Rio, she’s able to walk again. Rio’s early days with Sharon were a period of adjustment. Rio had to learn some manners. She would pull Sharon off balance whenever she saw a neighbor’s dog. Sharon had to teach Rio to stay with her no matter what. Even other pet owners needed some training! They adored Rio and often tried to give her treats. Sharon … Continue reading How Rio Helped Sharon and Now Needs Our Help

How Lincoln Animal Ambassadors Addresses Animal Homelessness

A note of thanks for all your assistance with getting our puppy, Sunshine, spayed. Your help was invaluable– especially when she went into heat. You saved us!  Keep being awesome.–Danielle One service offered by Lincoln Animal Ambassadors is a low-cost spay/neuter program for Lancaster County, Nebraska, who are unable to pay the full cost of altering their pets. There are many health benefits to having a pet fixed. Spaying and neutering reduces the risk of infection and of cancer in both males and females. It curbs undesirable behaviors such as aggression and the insatiable desire to seek attention from the … Continue reading How Lincoln Animal Ambassadors Addresses Animal Homelessness

How Lincoln Animal Ambassadors Helps Buddy

The pet food bank run by Lincoln Animal Ambassadors is a good place if you need dog food and can’t afford it.–Sharon Every Monday and Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m., qualifying pet owners who qualify come to the Lincoln Animal Ambassadors food bank to get a month’s supply of free pet food, and sometimes other pet supplies. Sharon is one of those pet owners. She owns a lovable six-year-old male rat terrier named Buddy. Sharon heard about the pet food bank through word-of-mouth. Once a month, she receives a five-pound bag of dog food, canned food, and treats for … Continue reading How Lincoln Animal Ambassadors Helps Buddy