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Unity Thrift's accomplishment's to date have been impressive, especially for a charity that receives no government support.
The all-volunteer group has spayed and neutered more than 950 dogs and cats and saved more than 2,000 dogs from Taft and the surrounding areas "from unspeakable fates," said Unity Thrift founder and president Linda Hodges.
They spend their own funds for gas to take animals to no-kill shelters in Santa Cruz, Ojai and Santa Maria and network with other shelters to find homes as far away as in Montana and even Canada.
Projects like car washes and yard sales generate some funding.
But the volunteers can't do it alone.
As the group tries to save as many animals as possible, its monthly expenses keep mounting and Unity Thrift is asking for help from businesses and the public to reach its goal of raising $4,000 each month for animal care - everything from vet bills for sick and injured animals to food for animals being fostered while they wait for "forever homes" and its spay and neuter programs.
Spaying and neutering are key, Hodges said, to eliminating most of the unnecessary suffering for unwanted animals, but it is also a big expense.
"Currently Unity Thrift is in dire need of monthly contributions so we can keep working to decrease the homeless pet population in Taft and the surrounding areas," Hodges said. "Without your assistance we will not be able to fill the needs of countless animals that will benefit from our services."
Unity Thrift has its own website "http://www.unitythrift.org/"www.unitythrift.org) and its own Facebook page.
Unity Thrift is seeking monthly private or business donations at the gold level ($350), silver level ($250) or bronze level ($100). Any donations are welcomed.
Donors may have their company name and logo on the Unity Thrift website and Facebook page.
All donations are tax deductible.
"Any donation is gold to us and your donation is essential in changing our community," Hodges said. "We can do nothing to change yesterday, but with your help we can make a big difference today in the lives of hundreds of animals. "
To donate or for more information, contact Linda Hodges at 661-765-5165, Unity Thrift Vice President Carol Newkirk (661-330-5040) or secretary Suzi Baker (661-765-2087)
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