Please post this plea on your blogs/sites, link to it on your social
net-working sites, and/or forward this email far and wide. Melody and The
Pet Connection have saved tens of thousands of dogs (and cats) including
Wesley's and my two pit bulls, Lexi and Chico'..
Also, please make a monetary donation, no matter how small--.every dollar
Help Keep No-Kill in KC Alive!
A personal plea for the animals from the founding director of The Pet
Connection -- Melody Kelso (pictured above)The Pet Connection, Inc. is a
no-kill, non-profit animal shelter located in the Kansas City metro area. It's our intention to form a no-kill coalition by educating the public,
providing pet owner services and to find homes for unwanted and abandoned
Please make TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations online:
snail mail to The Pet Connection 5918 Broadmoor, Mission, KS. 66202 and/or
in person at same address. Check the website for updated ways that you can
help be a part of the funding solution
Friends of the animals:
I have been blessed to be able to surround
myself with a family of 4-legged creatures all with amazing and unique
personalities. I have been so grateful to this community for their
contributions towards our mission. However, trouble has been sent to us this
year and additional financial support is needed or everything we worked for
could be compromised. Worse yet, the pets that I currently care for are in
danger. I am overcome with tears to say that they are in danger of being
homeless, they are in danger of being euthanized.
For over a year, I
have been falsely accused by an unknown party regarding my care of the pets.
Over 200 complaints have been logged against me of various natures including
unsanitary conditions, child and animal abuse, child and animal neglect etc.
The complaints started with a group of disgruntled employees and volunteers
who were relieved from their duties due to a performance problem. Getting
even with me by getting to the animals and my children is a vial act. After
16 years of serving this communities not for profit, I am now faced with the
possibilities of losing my home, have faced the possibility of losing my
adopted children, and now the charity that I dreamed of putting together
since I was 9 years old may be forced to close. This attack is definitely
personal in nature, time consuming, and frivolous.
My little girl,
who I adopted in 2006, was placed in temporary foster care so our case could
be reviewed. It was later thrown out as a false accusation. I hope that the
remainder of this battle has as positive of an outcome. The time these
complaints have taken from our daily routine, have caused us to delay in
meeting our funding needs. Our attempts to downsize and to quickly fundraise
have not been unsuccessful, they have just fallen short. Because the
alternative is that hundreds of animals will go without homes or care, this
is an unacceptable outcome. Because the animals that we are talking about
are a part of my family, makes this outcome unbearable and devastating.
We are asking your family to send my family a donation to change our
path. We need you so that we can overcome this challenging and potentially
tragic road block. We have over $29,000 in pledges that just have not
arrived quickly enough for the deadlines required. We aren't just
fundraisers here, when the animals are injured or sick, we stay up all night
to take care of them. We are in danger of being evicted from our space or
having our utilities shut off. Our employees have went without pay for
several weeks. Even though some have had utilities shut off at their
personal residences, they still keep showing to work on time for free
because we still have animals who rely on us for care.
like an avoidable tragedy that folks who have visited and been connected to
our facility may feel compelled to change. This is not about me, this is
about the lives of innocent pets. Let's not let the bad guy have the last
word when it comes to their future. We just need a little more time to be
successful in overcoming this road block that was thrust upon us.
goal to reduce our numbers, reduce our building capacity, and continue
working towards the goal where Kansas City metro kills no dogs or cats for
space or time constraints will continue to be pursued. Regardless of my
personal short falls in popularity, my contribution to the animal community
has been significant. I have dedicated my entire life to learning and living
a life that is solely dedicated to this cause. If I am given the appropriate
tools that I need I will be indebted to you for allowing me to keep my
promise to love, provide quality care for, and to rehome the beautiful dogs
and cats that are living in our sanctuary.
My family has pledged to
1. To care for the animals daily from early morning to late
evening making sure that their needs are met
2. To not take any
additional compensation from TPC so that all funds can be used to put animal
safety measures in place
3. To give $100 a month cash donation
4. To not cry too much when they get adopted to go to their forever home
5. To come through this as better, stronger, people who have the
capacity to make more of an impact because of the learning process that the
Thank-you for your past support and
contributions. If possible, please have your family make their pledge today.
Tomorrow will be a harder day without you.
Please make TAX DEDUCTIBLE
www.thepetconnection.net , snail mail to The Pet Connection 5918
Broadmoor, Mission, KS. 66202 and/or in person at same address. Check the
website for updated ways that you can help be a part of the funding solution
Our 2010 accomplishments:
1. Helped reduce KCK ACO euthanasia rate
from 73% to .4% and are currently being reviewed for long term national
support for program involvement;
2. Helped an average of 400 pets per
month on an estimated $55,000 budget, causing each animal helped to cost us
$137.00 per month;
3. Our pets eat a quality food, get daily exercise
and training, live in a virtually cageless environment after they transition
4. Attention to their individual personal needs were evaluated
5. Animals are only euthanized if they are deemed dangerous
by a unanimous vote from those on the dangerous evaluation team or if they
are medically untreatable and are in pain, less than 10 pets per year.
Melody Kelso is one of the original founders of The Pet Connection, Inc.
She has been training dogs for over 15 years. After doing a 3-month
internship with Anne Mackey in 1993, she completed a one-year internship
with Westwood Animal Hospital and was hired as one of the primary dog
trainers for their clinic. She has trained in various animal hospitals and
provided educational seminars for various organizations including Animal
Haven, Companion Animals, Johnson County Community College, Johnson County
Mental Health, Longview Community College and Ranchmart.
In 1996, she operated a day care, pet sitting and dog training service
for a little over a year before she closed the doors to be the executive
director of Animal Haven. Through her work with Heart of America Humane
Society, Abandoned Animal Rescue, Border Collie Rescue and Animal Haven, she
has fostered hundreds and hundreds of dogs. Many dogs rescued by Melody are
considered special needs requiring work with aggression, separation anxiety,
fears, basic training, deaf, blind, etc.
Melody is the proud owner of Sasha, a Chow/Shep champion, abused. Ali, 9
years old, trained to herd and play Frisbee, brain damaged. Hannah, 7 years
old, trained to be herself. McD, a 7 year old feral. Herd, 15 years old,
certified to work with the elderly and children. Diamond, 12 years old, a
local Frisbee champion.