A volunteer has made sure thousands of shelter pets in his area have a softer place to sleep while waiting for their forever homes.
Scott Poore volunteers at a number of shelters in his hometown of Kansas City, developing relationships there and in Missouri. Knowing he has a special place in his heart for seniors and long-term shelter pets, shelter staff send Scott their photos and bios. Using targeted promotions on social media, he posts stories about them, and, within days or weeks, they find a home.
“I don’t think it’s anything special, it just works,” Poore told ShelterMe.tv. In his travels, Scott also visits small, rural shelters, such as one in Butler, MO.
“The staff are always compassionate, but with pennies to spend they can’t afford beds or blankets and have little community awareness. “
“Small shelters in rural areas have few, if any, volunteers, almost no donations – not because they don’t care but because residents have no extra funds,” Poore told us. “They can’t provide new towels; even old ones they don’t want to toss.”
“Workers take blankets and towels home to wash because they have no laundry at the shelter. They were doing what they can with what they had.”
No stranger to fundraising, earlier this year Poore posted this GoFundMe (GFM) to help three outreach groups in his area – Hero Team SPCA, Chain of Hope and The Rescue Project. Among other valuable programs, these groups cut dogs off chains, provide shelter to animals and assist with medical needs. That GFM, “Outreach Saves Lives” is still open, and the link is here but what Scott is really excited about now is this one, which caught the eye of people from Kansas City and beyond.
It’s called “Beds For Homeless Pets“. Launched in early October, his goal was to provide 1000 beds for one group of local shelters. Tired and heartbroken after seeing dogs and cats sleeping on old sheets, towels, blankets if they were really lucky; others slept on newspapers, some curled up on cold cement, Scott believed,
“No animal deserves to sleep on cold cement, especially being homeless and spending most of their lives, if not all their lives, fending for themselves on the streets to survive.”
Poore’s brainstorm began with a trip to IKEA. While shopping, Scott came upon absorbent bath mats, which were also affordable and comfortable for pets to sleep on. “They have sticky bottoms so they don’t slide all over the kennel floor. They cut laundry to half. They even fit Kuranda beds!”, says Scott.
On the GFM, Scott wrote,
‘Every homeless pet deserves a comfortable bed and I’d like your help to provide that to them.’
In just 24 hours, Scott got enough donations for his 1000 beds. And the money kept coming in, with enough for another 1000 beds. He has already delivered 1500 beds to the three main shelters in his area, and 500 will be distributed personally to rural shelters in KC and MO.
Once they saw how quickly the campaign took off, IKEA donated an additional $3,000 towards the campaign. Scott told us, “It went KC viral!” There was now enough donations to give every shelter dog and cat in KC a new bed.
And the pot overflowed, with enough now to give every pet in a Kansas shelter a new bed! He makes the deliveries himself, sharing the shelter’s love on his Facebook page, Adopt Don’t Shop KC.
“The foundation for this is helping the shelters who have nothing,”
says Scott. He adds, “if you’re a shelter in the KC/MO area in need, you show me and I’ll provide.” Last time we checked, the GFM had surpassed $17,000; so Scott has a bigger plan – to launch the bed program nationwide.
In addition to the GFM, he also has an online store, ‘Adopt Don’t Shop KC’. Proceeds go towards animal causes like these, in his area. That’s a principle which we support, whatever city you call home. The link to Adopt Don’t Shop KC is here, and Scott’s always working on new merchandise.
He’s a one-man-band, promoting, volunteering, purchasing, raising money, and delivering the beds in his own vehicle. Though his plate is always full, he tells us, “I’m living my dreams”.
And many, many animals in shelters in KC and MO are certainly dreaming comfortably tonight.
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