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•The average cost of basic food, supplies, medical care and training for a dog or cat is $400 to $700 annually.
Approximately 8 million to 12 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 5 million to 9 million are euthanized.
•Did you know... the average cost to care, feed and provide medical care for a horse is close to $5000 a year?
•Did you know... that one horse colic can cost up to $500 - $1000 in just one day? That is not even including surgery cost or follow-up care!!!



These are scary, but true facts. Unfortunately there are more scary than happy endings for many pets. The Shannon Foundation's bills never end because animals need to be fed daily, horses' feet need to be trimmed regularly, and the health of each animal depends on addressing their needs on a daily basis. Also, fences need to be fixed, shelters needs to be maintained, water needs to be supplied, and transportation to veterinarians must always be provided...this is just a small part of maintaining our farm.


Here are some true and amazing facts from ASPCA:

•Twenty-five percent of dogs who enter local shelters are purebred.
•The majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members. About 15 to 20 percent of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 10 to 10 percent of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues.
•More than 20 percent of people who leave dogs in shelters adopted them from a shelter.
•According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2 percent of cats and only 15 to 20 percent of dogs are returned to their owners. Most of these were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips.
•Five out of ten dogs in shelters and seven out of ten cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them.


We could only wish that every animal could be healthy, but the realization is that most of the animals arrive here starved, scared, and sick. It takes time, care, effort and money to bring back the shine in their coats and the glow in their eyes, but in the end you look back and know it's always worth the effort!  We are asking for something as simple as a monthly donation, or even a single donation. Would you consider taking that $20 you might spend on an evening out and supporting an animal here on the farm? Please remember when you go home to your pet(s), that there are animals who come here without ever knowing the meaning of words like home, love, or care.



The Shannon Foundation is a nonprofit organization, donations and contributions are tax-deductible. The Shannon Foundation gratefully accepts any donations of goods and services relating to the maintenance and well-being of the animals. Five dollars can go a long way if everyone did it!



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