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Friday, March 11, 2011

When You Have to Decide on Food/Prescriptions for Yourself or to Feed your Furbaby...This Should Never be an Option!

A growing number of Americans are giving up their dogs and cats to animal shelters or just letting them go outside to fend for themselves as the emotional bonds between people and pets get tested by economic ones. As owners face unemployment, home foreclosures, evictions and other financial hardships they are forced to decide to feed themselves or their pets. They will skip their own prescriptions just so their furbaby can eat.

Fuzzlebutts wants to help owners keep their pets and to prevent more from being sent to shelters, sometimes death and just plain starving to death. We may be small but we can help and make a difference. When income plummets, desperate people find themselves unable to feed and care for their beloved pets, causing heartache for the owners and swelling the population of homeless animals. They're just brokenhearted, because the last thing they want to do is give up their pets.

This hit me like a brick when I found this agency this morning, not 2 miles from our home. Hope Center in Macomb is a "one-stop-shop," also referred to as a "human services mall," that will provide access to services for individuals and families in need. The focal point of the "one-stop-shop" will be the client-choice food pantry, the only client-choice food pantry in Macomb County, which will stand as the cornerstone and main focus of Hope Center in Macomb. The current unemployment rate in Michigan is 15.4%, with Macomb County's rate at 18.4%. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Macomb County's current level of poverty is at a population of 44,010. Hope Center in Macomb is located within a 10 mile radius of 87.7% of this population. Hope Center in Macomb is located on the main thoroughfare, Groesbeck Highway, just north of 14 Mile Road in central Macomb County, allowing ease of accessibility to those in need. They provide human food but only on a rare occasion receive pet food or litter to be able to give out.

So Fuzzlebutts has decided to take on a mission of their own. We are collecting funds to buy food and litter for this agency to be able to provide! Please help us feed and care for some our local pets by donating to the chip in. I will spend the weekend collecting manufacturers coupons and we will shop responsibly! We are so excited to be able to help as there have been many times that people have helped us when we were down on our luck. Even a dollar will help! If we can raise enough we will let you know what we buy and when it is taken to Hope. If for some God forsaken reason that we cannot raise enough, what monies received will be returned to the donater. This will be our first attempt and if all goes well we will do again in the future.

With all paws crossed,



  1. What a great cause! Some of these pets are a lifeline to elderly people on fixed incomes