It is hard to believe that we are heading towards the end of 2022. As I sit down to write this to you, I am humbled by the generosity of our Boykin volunteers and community. As of this writing, we are looking at a 30% increase in the number of intakes over last year. However, that is only the start. We have had over 25 catastrophic cases this year which is double the number of catastrophic cases of last year. Catastrophic cases are dogs with an excellent quality of life prognosis that can often require costly advanced diagnostics, surgeries, and long-term rehabilitation and/or therapy. Our dog care expenses have more than doubled in the last two years. So, I come to you as I do each year to humbly ask for your help. Our goal this year is to raise $150,000.
I am sure your first question is “Why”? “Why do so many Boykins require rehoming?” “Why so many catastrophic cases?” Neither of these questions has a singular answer. Some dogs come to us when their owners’ lives have changed, and the owners can no longer meet the dogs’ needs. In other cases, some dogs’ medical needs are financially or emotionally/physically more than their owners can afford. Some of this year’s catastrophic cases included IVDD back surgeries; FHO hip surgeries; 2 dogs hit by cars requiring surgeries; a neurologic autoimmune disorder; all requiring extensive diagnostics and extensive rehabilitation. (Please see the back of the enclosed card for more details on dog metrics). But BSR remains that soft place for Boykins in need to land and our team moves mountains to make that happen. And none of that would be possible without your donations.
I am profoundly aware that our ask grows each year. We are working diligently, finding other fundraising opportunities. We have added new online auctions, raffles, portion of proceeds events and more. We do a LOT of fundraising and are so very grateful to those who like to participate. We also do a lot of grant writing and seeking out foundations who are looking to invest in a non-profit whose work is close to their hearts.
I used the word “invest’. We truly look at each donation as an investment. You are entrusting us to make good decisions and to provide the quality of care for each dog that is needed, as well as have a long-term, sustainable nonprofit that is transparent. To that end, we remain open to speaking with you individually to answer any questions or provide additional information. More about BSR, including our 2021 financial review and annual report, can be found on our website. Still more can be found on our Guidestar profile (www.guidestar.org/profile/63-1260575).
We are humbled and grateful to our Boykin community and your belief in us. I wish you a wonderful holiday and a New Year of Peace & Health.
Jill Freeman President of the Board
Our Goal is $150.000.00
With Thanks to our Donors we have raised $112,884.52!
Christian Delcambre Frederic D and Catherine R Smith J Carson Quarles Phyllis Patrick In memory of Thomas G Williams and in memory of Harry Tucker Gary Labounty Rebecca H Toms and Elaine Allen In memory of Thomas G Williams Michael and Rhonda CampBell In memory of Thomas Williams Julia Lanpher Jill Freeman Lawrence Lombard Christian Delcambre Chevron Will and Penelpe Wright Bets & Rob Collins Andrea Stamm In memory of Thomas Williams Ann Richardson Wood RFS Charity Fund In memory of Bud and honor Kona the Companion til the end Pat Royal In memory of Dingo and Dudley and in honor of Diesel and Dutton Royal Frederic Simard James Latimer Frank Hanley Gary LaBounty Rebecca and Nate Toms in memory of Tom Williams Harold and Shirley Smith Catherine A Semken Gail Wells In memory of all 4 of my beloved Boykins. Jeff Bernstein Jan Coisson Jay Faircloth Paul Nielson Gary Ney Lou Anderson Stephen Hunt in loving memory of our boy, Jasper Boykin Roseborough in Memory of Gunni Regina Clegg in Honor of Richard and Peggy Vitolo Sarah Merriman In honor of my fun loving, demanding, cuddly, naughty, sweet Boykin. Allyn Talbot Lee Virnelson From my Boykins, Beamer and Baja Bill and Susan Schaeffer Leslie Alexander Foundation Daniel Queen Barbara Kelly Doreen Tanenbaum in Honor of Gumbo Margeaux Espy In Memoryof Cheryl Espy Rita Schimpff In honor of Girl’s Night Out -40 yrs Julie Cox-Seidel Carole Thomas in memory of Fisher and Mojo Anita White in Memory of Joe Willie Jamey Shandley Eddie Serratt Jane Thompson in Memory of BSR Lucky (99-13) and her hoomnan, Milton Thompson. Katherine Cummings Anna Adams Pat Carella Steven Hendershott Howard Russell Nancy Wilson in memory of John Wilson Jane Buckler Christine Caldwell Arthur Tilley In memory of Arthur Tilley Michelle Knop in Honor of Blue Baby Susan McIntyre Mike Cheek In honor of Martha Cheek and Larry Shrader Jane Easler in Honor of Field Easler Antonio & Christina Becerra Louise Smith in Memory of Margaret Springs Dyer Fred Fogelin in Honor of Lucy & Desi Charles Tysinger in Honor of Karen Rowley Ann and Larry Mitchell Anne Anderson in Memory of Penny Brianna Griffin in Honor of our best boy, Huck! Sarah Cooper Gina Smith Cathy Mayton Bill Poston in Memory of Emma and Molly Ivey Sumrell Jonathan Bubon Ellen Horn Millie Plyler Lauren Holloway Preston and Sharon King Katleen Fox Neil Ober Denny Lanier In memory of Wright & Hill Lanier Gary Hunter Leslie Kern in Memory of Bud Long Fred Fogelin & Linda Jones Rob Fluornoy In Honor of Bubba Cochran Flournoy, and Huggy Bears(1256), Second adoption anniversary! Teresa Key in Memory of Bill Wright Teri Riggs in Honor of Mojo Teri Riggs in Memory of George David French In honor of Our LBD, Miller Marilyn Colvin Catherine Smith Terry Mink Karan Andrea Lance Sherman In honor of Sparky (Smokey) Jill Freeman Nancy Wilson Susanna Hearn Penny Randall In honor of Luke & Lita George Seifert Rob Flournoy Corp Match Charles Pierce Dottie Hammond Debbie Davis Susan Sharp Greg Barker Dana Schultz Clinton Midkiff William DuPont in Memory of Tar Baby, Calcutta & Hershee and in Honor of Penny Chuck Jones in Honor of Curly Nancy Hodges Michael Austin Robert Coley in Memory of Bill and in Honor of Stella Dr Melvin Haysman Barry and Diane Vorse in Memory of Brownie & Ryno Linda Satterfield Judy Elliott in Honor of Beau aka Bear Bonita Lankford Susan Stewart in Honor of Augie Barry Durden in Memory of Katie Girl Jack Beach Diane Connolly in Memory of Carolina Magnolia Nancy Dickson check returned for signature Ridge Diven in Memory of Karen Diven Mary Senica Phil & Karen Hinchman Marion Peeples Fred Wanner Kirt Von Daacke Justin Hallock Ken and Julie Levra Robert Runkle in honor of his Boykin John and Caroline Vaughn in honor of Gator Joe Harbison Steve & Tracy Ciccanti in Honor of Lucy Lou and Walter Robert and Holly Stevens Alma Mooring in Memory of Dr Raymond Mooring Beth Gonella in memory of John Gonella and Frank Sharp Mike McMurry WG Townsend in Memory of Chewie Mary Sever Phil Brown in Memory of Carol Brown Cantey Smith in Memory of Brice Kenneth Hopkins Elise Thames Palmer and Jackie Gourdin Lynn Watson John and Janice Nelson in Memory of PFC Jake Lynn and John Cunningham Les Varga Dewayne Harper in Memory of Cooper Frank Huddle Kenny Ostrander in Honor of Cabela Mark Nichols "in memory of Curly Sue, Max, Rutledge and Anna Belle" John & Kathleen Heib John Wiright in Honor of Jake Annette Garvey Delia Sage Brenda and David Bailey in memory of Taz Virginia Beach Pilates Will Wright in honor of Holly Roberts Clint and Lori Pyle Richard Gotz in Memory of Otis Chuck Chavous Michael Schierberl Julie Campbell Taylor in memory of PFC Bell Angela Pittard Brian Laughlin Wendell Barnhill in memory of Barney Delia Armendariz in Memory of CoCo Gabriella Harrill Patricia Wagner Donna and David Lloyd Paula and Graham Lawrence Beth and Scott Meador Beth and Scott Meador Marty Stebbins/Grudier Charitable Foundation Kate Boulos in honor of Sky and Max Kathy Bates in memory of Alanna ken Bell Toni Fisher in memory of Dani and Bo Ruth Siegler in memory of Marsh Siegler and in honor of Wendy Dowey Card to Wendy @ 1171 Molly Greer Circle, Ridgeway SC 29130 Vick and Darrell Thacker in memory of Luke Margaret Briscoe Rawson in memory of Ruby and Beemer David and Ruth Zisser Larry and Jennifer Griffin in memory of Thornhills Double G Zeke of Decoy Henry Griffin Holland Fitts James Garner Nancy Boykin in memory of Sam Boykin Bob and Missy Burke in memory of Tessa Lawrence Charitable Foundation/Paula Graham Marci Funk Carolyn Holland in Honor of Katherine Craig Ellen Carr in Honor of Indy Krug Tamara Trainor Scott and Jody Teske/ James & Iris Moe Charitable Foundation Kirk & Jerry Pierson Annette Cheeks Dennis Cook Greg Oelberg Georgianna Graham Steve Windom Ancel Hamilton Phillip and Anne Harrill Harry and Linda Sproles Easel Pennington in memory of Hershey and Stone Wall Dr. John and Kim Herbert Patricia Wagner Robert and Mary Ellen Rafter Delbert (Butch) Phillips in memory of Belle Beverly Boehm in memory of Bear Lee Baldwin in honor of Susan Hundly , Send to: Susan Hundly 311 5th St, Clarksville, VA 23927 Wymard and Virginia McQuown Nancy Branham Brenda Jaynes in honor of Jackson send to Erin Belk, 13 Garden Springs Rd, Columbia, SC 2920 David Lloyd in honor of Nipper, Gator, Maggie, Rebel and Stevie David and Jennifer Dibebedetto in memory of Pritchard Loren Vevon Kathleen and David Chaquette John Reven Eleanor Townsend in memory of Annie William Rhodes Capehart III Wayne Huffstetler Crad Jaynes William Kempffner James Latimer Essel Pennington David Lloyd Gail Mickley Sarah Nicholson Jax Poteet Felecia Potts Robert Rafter Kathleen and John Reven Sandra Scheur Harry and Linda Sproles Cleary and John Tanner Niclaus Taylor John Townsend Loren Vevon Patricia Wagner Philip Withers Charles Livingston in Memory of Jack Spaniel Lucia Whitworht Meredith Smith In honor of Lou and Ken Smith CSP Family Elain Levenworth Foundation Julia Elmendorf Lisa Everett Jill Freeman Vivian Gaddy Ancel and Cheryl Hamilton Scott Wallinger In honor of Caroline Wallinger Gail Rogers Jane and Robert Buckler in memory of Maddy Buckler Walter Przybyl Todd and Gigi Gwin Martha and David Cordell Joyce Paul Jan Shelley Dawn Dwyer in Honor of PFC Milton Wallace Foundation Beth Hallock in Honor of Millie June Scott Christman Ginny Apple in Honor of Lou Bear Mark and Meghan Strickland In honor of my Mollie aka Chompers BSR 1419 Brian Gil in Memory of Hootie Leigh Rowe In honor of Johnsie & Bruce Mason Mindy Durrance in Memory of James Larry Williams Hilton and Linda McGill Joan Squires Carter Bryars Sharon Duncan Jeanne Des Smith in memory of Robert Vaughn Rhonda McCraw Toy Skipper Glennon Pampered Chef Bob and April Long in memory of Bailey BSR Kathy Waldeck in memory of Kails, Karcie and Jaycie Reje Eberhardt in memory of my pup Jeb and my granddaughter Emily and her pup Cookie Tatyana Adamov John Franklin in memory of Remy and in honor of Chance Louis Sasso and Pamela Potter Gregory Gray in honor of Ruby Pledgling Foundation Edward and Virginia Bick Debra Busch in honor of all Boykins Charles and Diana Stevers in memory of Bud E John and Linda Prozonic Cecile Tauzin William Crawford Al and Kathy English Joanne Thompson David and Deborah Brett in honor of Alecia Milling Ron Matthews in honor of Max Scott Ferley Ted Woods Mallory Candle Co Michelle Koster In honor of Toby Green Gregory Phillip Mantel Phillip Mantel Phillip Mantel Phillip Mantel Pfizer Pfizer Pfizer Pfizer Intel Foundation Susan Kahler Laura 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