Owasso, OK (PRWEB) May 24, 2006
Orthodogs’ Silver Lining Foundation (OSLF) announces their newly-verified 501(c)(3) non-profit status, applicable to all donations from May 25, 2005 and on. The 501(c)(3) non-profit status makes all OSLF contributions fully tax deductible to the amount allowed by law. The new tax status also opens the volunteer-staffed OSLF up for grant funding and corporate matching opportunities.
Since its May, 2005, inception, OSLF has been able to provide last resort financial assistance to service, companion and shelter dogs with debilitating orthopedic conditions. Through generous donations from dog lovers and disability advocates, OSLF has been able to help service dogs who would otherwise be incapable of continuing their positions: services which provide a gateway to the world for their disabled partners. OSLF has also aided companion, rescue and shelter dogs otherwise unable to get the surgery they need--this included two rescue dogs who sustained their injuries during the Katrina catastrophe.
Through Orthodogs, a Yahoo! Internet group, Brenda Osbourne, Wendy Stevens and Paola Ferraris witnessed the financial difficulties incurred by a service dog owner trying to support her beloved dog companion who was also her lifeline to the community. The financial problems that dog owners face can be almost insurmountable in the disabled community. A 2001 report from the U.S. Social Security Administration found that the median adjusted family income for disabled workers is about half of the median for others aged 18 – 64, and the annual poverty rate is twice as high. Osbourne, Stevens and Ferraris started OSLF with a determination to ease this financial burden whenever possible.
“'Silver’s Cause' is a unique fund within OSLF specifically for assistance/service dogs. These dogs play a critical role in their owners’ lives,” says Brenda Osbourne. “Yet, when service dogs get sick and require medical care, the disabled people they serve, who often exist on a fixed income, are unable to come up with the funds necessary to provide treatment for their canine companions. Through donations made to OSLF, we are able to help these dogs continue to do their work.”
Additionally, founders Osbourne, Stevens and Ferraris wanted to offer funding to those rescue and shelter organizations who were unable to place otherwise suitable dogs due to an orthopedic medical condition or injury.
“There are many healthy, friendly, loving dogs that aren’t even considered by most families since they would bring an immediate financial burden with them,” says Ferraris. “Seeing a dog destined to a life in a cage, or worse, because of a repairable leg injury was something we were determined to stop whenever possible. With OSLF, donations as small as $10.00 have made a difference since, as a volunteer organization, all funding goes to help the dogs regain their health.”
Some of the cases presently on OSLF’s Pets In Need list include Lilly, a Black Lab/Shar Pei who was almost euthanized when she was brought to a shelter and it was felt her leg injury made her unadoptable and Kona, a one-year old American bulldog whose family had to surrender her back to a rescue organization since they couldn’t afford her medical treatment. Funds are also being sought for Trixie, a German Shepherd companion dog whose owner incurred a permanent spinal injury and now has an injury of her own and Bruin, a formerly-aloof Rottweiler, now the loving and beloved companion of his owner, a kidney-transplant recipient who’d undergone years of dialysis and tragic family loss with Bruin as her support and new family.
For more information on how you can help OSLF provide much needed care for both assistance dogs and companion or shelter dogs, please visit our website at http://www.oslf.org