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GRREAT’s 3K Walk Sponsor Plea

polo-sponsorPlanning has begun for this year’s 3K Walk to be held October 25, 2014. The 3K Walk is a major fundraiser for GRREAT, the proceeds of which are used to offset our continually rising veterinary costs. GRREAT prides itself in never turning away a dog due to a medical condition, however, more and more dogs are coming into the Rescue with multiple and sometimes dire medical issues. During 2013, the health care costs of our Goldens totaled $256K, which was 78% of all our expenses and 88% of our income.

Two very special Goldens have arrived in GRREAT recently, Polo and Molly. While some might look at these two dogs and think they can’t live and thrive as “normal” Goldens, they are here to show you otherwise. They are overcoming challenges, but determined to live fully and lead happy lives.

Meet Polo, a two year old bundle of energy and love who came to GRREAT from Egypt. Polo was abandoned by his owners after their gardener hit him with a rake causing damage to the spinal cord paralyzing his rear legs. Knowing that handicapped animals are not often adopted in Egypt, two women contacted GRREAT to ask if we would take Polo if she could get him to the U.S. On December 15, 2013 Polo arrived here and into the care of his loving foster home. We had hoped that with the more sophisticated veterinary medicine available in the
U.S., we could help Polo regain the use of his legs. Unfortunately veterinarians have told us that his spinal cord had atrophied and the damage is permanent; although, acupuncture and physical therapy are showing slow, incremental improvements. If you have been following Polo’s journey on Facebook (www.facebook.com/polo.grreat.org), then you know that he can hold his body up on his back legs for brief stints, something that was impossible when he arrived here. His treatment plan, particularly hydrotherapy, also ensures the muscles in his front legs remain strong.

molly-sponsor3kAnd then there is Molly – sweet 3 year old Molly came into the rescue via a loving women who tried but just wasn’t able to give Molly all the care that she needed. Molly was born with a deformed vertebrae that compressed her spinal cord at birth. Attempts were made to correct the situation, but it was not reversible. Her rear legs are unable to bend due to the dysfunction caused by the spinal cord death. She also has a set of pressure ulcers on her feet caused by abnormal leg movement and her
inability to feel the problem and reposition to prevent the pressure sore. To help out with the sores Molly now sports pink “camo” leg orthotics. Molly
does hydrotherapy along with acupuncture and wound care for her ulcers. Molly also has a Facebook page so you can follow her treatment and journey in life. (www.facebook.com/MollySpecialGRREATGolden)

While Polo and Molly’s stories are unique and extreme cases to the rescue, they are just two of many of our rescued Goldens requiring high cost medical treatment that may be too expensive for their owners. The only reason GRREAT is able to help these dogs is due to your generous support without which medical treatment would not be possible. Please consider becoming a 3K Walk sponsor so we can continue to help our sweet Golden Retrievers.

Sponsorship options include:

RESCUE HERO ($750 or more): Your company logo and name – or your name or dog’s name – will be listed prominently on the event T-shirt to be given to all walkers. You are also invited to have a table at our event to raise awareness of your product and /or services. Plus, you will have a quarter- page advertisement in our newsletter for the next three newsletters after the Walk.

RESCUE ANGEL ($500): Your company logo and name – or your name or dog’s name – will be listed prominently on the event T-shirt to be given to all walkers. Also, you are invited to have a table at our event to raise awareness of your product and/or services.

RESCUE PARTNER ($300): Your company name and logo – or your name or dog’s name – will be listed on the event T-Shirt.

FRIEND OF RESCUE ($100): Your company name – or your name or dog’s name – will be listed on the event T-Shirt.

In addition, you will be listed as one of our sponsors in both our flier and newsletter, on our website, and in all other publicity about this event, including press releases in local newspapers. If you wish to become a sponsor, please email me, Carolyn Beyer, at events@grreat.org no later than September 15, 2014. Sponsor donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 190, Merrifield VA 22116 with a notation “GRREAT 3K Walk.” Also, if you have any questions email me at: events@grreat.org. Please sponsor GRREAT’s 3K Walk – we need your help to provide Goldens, Polo and Molly, the “happy ending” they so deserve.

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