As I sit down to write to you, I am, yet again, amazed at how quickly time has passed and that we are approaching the close of another year. And, what a year it has been! In 2021, Boykin Spaniel Rescue turned the corner on a new decade of service to at-risk Boykin spaniels celebrating our 20th year. That’s 20 years of BSR, with the support of the Boykin community, rehabilitating at-risk Boykin Spaniels and giving them a second chance at the lives they deserve ~ to be exact 1350 of them by the end of October! And, since the inception of BSR’s Julia Horner Permanent Foster Care program in 2010, another 89 at-risk Boykins found comfort and care as PFC’s. That is 1,439 at-risk Boykins that have been rescued, rehabilitated, and have found their way to better lives and we can’t thank you all enough!
2021 was another whirlwind year for dog intakes with 70 as of October 31, and the saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same” held true for us in many ways. What stayed the same are conditions that have become common to rescue that we expect to see year in and year out:
15 heartworms cases (roughly 1/4 of our intakes each year);
27 dogs needing a spay or neuter (50% annually on average);
a steady flow of dogs with skin and coat issues, orthopedic problems/conditions, vision loss, and other physical ailments;
Dogs that simply need a new start in a new home with families that have the time to dedicate to the dogs’ needs and that have few if any health problems; and
the continued trend of rising veterinary costs in general.
And, what has changed? Leading the list is the continued trend in the uptick of catastrophic cases where the dogs are sicker and the issues more chronic which increases the need to work with specialists; and the spiraling cost of diagnostics often required to determine the cause of their illness/conditions which are often orthopedic and neurological in nature. To date we have had the following:
4 dogs requiring MRI’s with an average cost of $4000 per MRI; (testing showed one of these dogs was missing most of the left hemisphere of her brain, another is paralyzed);
In addition, not only has there been a steady increase in the cost of heartworm treatment, heartworms in some areas of the country have become resistant to preventative and the time to clear a dog of the worms is in many cases longer than we have previously seen. That amounts to a month (or several months) in care longer that normal before adoptability. And, that equates to higher costs.
However, as our Anniversary Year comes to a close, "All is Bright" with BSR and I am thrilled to announce that BSR has established an endowment fund. We have set this fund up to ensure that BSR will be here in the future. You will find, in addition to the donation reply card enclosed, a reply card if you would like more information on the endowment.
I am forever grateful to my team as well as the over 640 volunteers throughout the year who have made our work possible. I am also forever indebted to you, our donors, who believe in us. We have had many days that your support pushed us forward. Rescue is hard work. It can be heartbreaking. But, it can bring out the best in all of us.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to Boykin Spaniel Rescue as you consider your year-end giving. Your donation goes directly to the care of our dogs in the upcoming year. Our goal for this campaign is $100,000. We sincerely appreciate your love and care of our dogs and your support over the past 20 years that has helped those 1,439 at risk Boykins find their way to better lives.
On behalf of the Boykin Spaniel Rescue Board of Directors, I wish you Peace, Health and Happiness in the New Year.
As of today, we have raised $119,402.80 towards our goal of $100,000!
Thank you to all who have donated!
Anna Adams Jennifer Adkins SusanAnderson, in Memory of Marlee Kellye Basye Katherine )Beard Catherine Bolton Pat Carella Bonnie Cocuzza Matt Coleman Martha and David Cordell Thomas and Caroline Crittendon Julia Elmendorf Fred Fogelin, in Honor of Lucy and Desi Georgianna Graham Jackie Graham Bill and Linda Graves Michael Harrub Matthew Haynes Karen and Phil Hinchman Jennifer Holder, in Memory of Roux Ellen Horn Gary Hunter, in Memory of Rivet Carol and Reid Jackson Nelson, in Honor of Karen Rowley Barbara and James Johnson, in Memory of Clifford LC Lombard Keith McCrodden Ann & Larry Mitchell Tricia Pearson J. Carson Quarles Keith Richardson Alexis Riggs, in Honor of Meg Eddie Rodelsperger & Peggy Skalican, in Honor of Colt Howard Russell, in Memory of MUDD Rachel Schell Mary Sever, in Honor of my Boykin that crossed the Bridge last year Capt Bill Smith Jonathan & Anne Smith, in Memory of Sweet Georgia Brown Susan Spaniol HollyStevens, in Honor of Levi and Memory of Sadie Margie & Ruben Swintin Honor of Champ and Sport Randy and Lisa Thomas Fred Wanner, in Memory of Chester the Wonder Dog Sheila Washingtonin Memory of Bailey Lucia Whitworth Alan Carter Jo Ann Everette, in Honor of Karen & John Hanckel Peggy Stoltz Lara Cumbey Holly McLaren, in Memory of Lord Fraser of Gylemuir Beverly Bell Jackie Nettles Horseman, in Memory of sweet Cody Tom Hoare, in Honor of BSR Charlie Ann R Wood, in Memory of J. Hooker Wood Justin Hallock, in Honor of Beth Hallock Rick Segal Jan Coisson, in Honor of Abby David Gill, in Honor of my Boykins, Morgan & Buddy Shannon Strickland Sherry Little Lloyd Jo Whitson, in Honor of Pat & Liz Lulich Karan Andrea Jill Freeman Allyn Talbot Fred Fenimore Martha Garner, in Memory of Fred Garner Ted Woods Kenneth Hopkins Nancy Wilson Susanna Hearn Donna Mize Susan Sharp Midge Mercer Vicki & Jerry Pope Brenda Jaynes, in Honor of Jackson Brian Laughlin Jay Faircloth Ken & Julie Levra Staci & Dustin Reed, in Memory of Beaufort FC Ormsbee Michael Schierberl Julie Taylor, in Honor of Lucy Boo Boo Angela Pittard Nancy Wilson, in Memory of John Wilson II John Reiser Chuck Chavous Al Gileczek Cecile Tauzin Rick English, in Honor of Henry & Nellie Melissa Wolff-Burke, in Memory of Tessa Marta Varela Deese Family Foundation Ivy Sumrell Gift Fund Nancy & Alan Dickson, in Honor of Rhett Lance Sherman, in Honor of Sparky & Clancy Mary Frances Krause Tina Rouse, in Honor of Ginger, Scrappy & Coco Karen Johnson, in Memory of Maggie Jim latimer Phyllis Patrick in honor of Lou Bear's birthday Gail Wells for the love of Boykins Carter Bryars Jr, MD in Honor of Carson Quarles Beth Gonella Carson Quarles Nancy Frock Lynn Beck Ed Covert Wendelyn Odell DL Hart Phyllis Patrick in memory of Frank and in honor of Ginny and Dewayne Harper who fostered Frank Linda Satterfield Cliff Woerner John Kellner Michael Johnson Dennis Cook Esther (Penni) Black Hillary Hamilton, in Memory of Charlie Frederick Bruch Miller Yoho, in Honor of Jan Miller Agnes Slayman Kathy & Al English, in Honor of all PFC fosters Malae Harris, in Honor of PFC Tuff Nancy Sikes Kuwanna Durden Chuck and Sandy Bones Foundation Brian Pritchard Regina Clegg, in Honor of Richard and Peggy Vitolo Carol Howard, in Honor of Ellen and Blake Bodenmiller Kathy McCormick Hickerson Foundation Joe and Nancy Stute Ginger and John Shaffer, in Honor of Huck Nancy Kalivoda, in Memory of Gus and in Honor of BSR Molly Rich Gotz, in Memory of Otis Lynn McNair Eric Bernhard Gail Rogers Tay Laster Cathy Mayton Mary McKinnon Jill Freemaan Katie Herndon Elizabeth Collins, in Memory of Bill Johnny and Kaye Wallace Giving Foundation Stebbins/Grudier Charitable Giving Dan Ham, In memory of Our rescues, Addy, Bailey, Penny, Buddy, Chloe, Zeke\ Jim Latimer Phyllis Patrick, in Memory of Frank and in Honor of Dewayne and Ginny Harper Jill Freeman Lynn Jacobs Leslie Alexander Foundation Gail Wells Carter Bryars Jr MD, in Honor of J. Carson Quarles Nancy Frock Ed Covert Linda Satterfield Judy McNeilly Jonathan and Anne Smith Martha Mitchell Amy Thomas, in Memory of Abigail Lewis Lynn Jacobs Sarah Deaton, in honor of James Barber John LeVanin, in Honor of General and Magnolia Paul and Julie Kay Bonny Daugherty, in Memory of Sullie Brad Fields Zach and Alex Henderson, in Memory of Elphie Greg Barker Kathy Taft Debbie Davis, in Memory of Beasley and in Honor of Ramsey lee Chuck and Kim Williams, in Memory of Owen ScottAspinall in Memory of Henry and in Honor of Joe Bear Debbie Winslow Mark and Marion Wishart Bill Poston, in memory of Emma and Mollie Phil Brown in Memory of Carol Brown Nancy Hodge sin Memory of Mighty Lynn Cunningham, In honor of Johnny & Kaye Wallace Carolyn Perkins Sally McNulty Jane Thompson, In memory of BSR Lucky (98-13) and her hooman, Milton Thompson. Beverly Casey Scott Seidel, in Honor of Norma & Carson Quarles Cheryl McInnis Cynthia Heil, in Memory of Lucy Robert Prezzano Corey Mayers, in memory of Zoey Dawn Dwyerin Honor of PFC Milton Linda Charles Jane Buckler, in Memory of Remy John Franklin, in Memory of Remy and in Honor of Chance Ron Garrett Lynn Watson Eugene Goldwyn, in memory of Tinkerbelle Neil Ober, in memory of Lucy and in Honor of Pepsi Cindy Fuller Susan Gravely, in Memory of Woodrow and Newt Chuck Jones, in Memory of Curley and Marley Delbert Phillips, in Memory of Belle Rodney Monroe, in Honor of Casey Cantey Smith Jo Ann Everette, in Memory of Sambo Robert Rafter Patricia Royal, in Memory of Dingo and in Honor of Diesel & Dudley Lauren Payne, in Honor of Beaufort Dustin & Lynn Lewis, in Honor of Charles Robert Harvey Richard Walker Enterprises John Reven Michele Koster Susan Sasse, in Honor of Lynne Brown Jack Winslow, in Honor of our fur babies Beth Bloomfield Anthony Harvill, in Memoyr of.Ben and Syrena Linda Charles John Reven Michele Koster Leslie Plumb Paige Coghill Merial Bowman, in Honor of Alex Lynn McElmurray, in Memory of Marie Hodge Aaron Barklay William Bauman and Phyllis Kaye, loving Memory of our Boykin Penny Antonio and Christina Becerra, in Memory of BSR Maggie Kaleigh Ferguson Yale R Brown, in Memory of Reese Lee Baldwin, in Honor of Susan Hundley and Gary Burns Jamie Craig, in Honor of Adam Craig Tom Dolatowski, in Honor of Briar Rose Teresa Key, in Memory of Bill Wright James Findeisen Kevin Brown Mimi Barksdale Michael Coston Karen Hendricks, in Honor of Bella (2013) and Odin (2021_ Dennis Sullivan Bob & Teri Riggs,in Memory of George & in Honor of Moj0 Aaron Barkley Dorothy Tysinger, in Honor of Karen Rowley John Gamache Jan Miller Susan and Bill Schaefer, in Honor of Good Boy Willie Mijalo Petrovic, in Memory of Rusty Greg Oelberg, in Memory of Buddy Yael Schwartz Debra Nowlin, in Honor of Dolly Jeannie Horton Chuck and Sandy Bones Michael Holmes Paula Lawrence