J.M Pet Resort & J.M Pet Vet WILL REMAIN OPEN AS USUAL.
The Brockton Blue Dog Shelter would like to thank J.M. Pet Resort for being our home for the last 17 years. We would like to clarify some confusion. J.M Pet Resort will remain OPEN and dedicated to providing the best possible care to their client's pets. They will continue to operate as usual offering services such as PLAYtrain Daycare, Boarding, Training, Grooming, affordable Veterinary Care, Pet Taxi and a full retail store. For any questions or concerns please call them at 508-588-5661.
BROCKTON BLUE DOG SHELTER CLOSING DECEMBER 31, 2016
Since 1999, the Brockton Blue Dog Shelter has been open, serving the needs of the community and creating a legacy of caring for dogs in need. As the Shelter entered the 4th quarter 2016, we faced a financial shortfall and as a result of the mounting debt, the Brockton Blue Dog Shelter will be closing on December 31, 2016.
Despite the most recent Golf FORE Blue Dog tournament, an annual fundraiser, the Shelter was still in the red; even though the fundraiser was successful, it could not cover the Shelter’s current shortfall. The Board of Directors and Director & Founder, Jeni Mather want to personally thank everyone who participated in and donated to this years’ event.
The funding challenges the Brockton Blue Dog Shelter faced were not uncommon to many nonprofit animal rescue organizations. Operational costs of staff, boarding, heat, electricity, training, food, veterinary bills as well as running fundraisers and outreach community programs are all the realities of keeping a Shelter going and expenses are much more than people realize. The monthly costs to keep the Shelter open can run up to $20,000 per month depending on how many dogs are in the Shelter and on all of the other costs associated in taking care of the dogs, and we do not have the financial resources to sustain our operation. Our shelter dogs have always been our first priority even when we were behind in paying our bills, and we incurred increasing debt trying to continue to care for them.
The Shelter will no longer be taking in any dogs as of September 30 and we will work on placing the last dogs in forever homes as soon as possible. We will still be available until December 31, 2016 to offer support to past adopters for any questions or concerns they may have regarding their recent adoption. The Shelter will continue to run its Yankee Candle Fundraiser and scheduled Paint Night to help offset some of the existing debt.
To date, the Shelter has placed 1,775 dogs into loving homes which we could not have done without the incredibly hard working staff, Board members and long list of devoted volunteers. We are very thankful for the support we have received over the years from the community, because without it, we would not have survived this long. The Shelter wants to close remembering who we were: as the Shelter that operated like no other, the Shelter that went above and beyond the routine care of spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and other medical care.
It breaks the heart of the Board members to make this decision, but there really is no other choice. The next phase will be to finalize all the legal and accounting obligations and close the Shelter in good standing.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we go through this difficult process.
Blue Dog Board of Directors: Kathryn Chiocca, B. Diane Chimbur, Marion McEwan, Kevin McGrath, Lynn McGrath, Michael Ruddy, Richard Hooke
Our MISSION is to ease the suffering of unwanted and neglected dogs of any breed, any age, any size.
• We will provide a safe haven for animals in need of shelter and will provide the necessary resources for proper care and training.
• We primarily rely on donor support and fundraising efforts. We do not receive any financial support on the state or federal level. We host many Blue Dog Shelter fundraising events throughout the year to help in this effort.
• Overpopulation is a primary contributor to animal suffering - We will spay/neuter every animal in our care.
• Health, cleanliness, and exercise are key components to all of our rescues; we will provide a clean environment, with daily exercise, healthy diet, and the best healthcare our resources can provide, while an animal is in our care.
• Behavior problems are the number one reason for animal relinquishment; while in our care we will provide all of our dogs with positive reinforcement reward based training in addition we will work with any known behavior issues to the best of our ability.
• Inappropriate matches between dog and family frequently result in abandonment; making an appropriate match between dog and potential adopter is key for a successful adoption. We will make every effort to know our dogs and the families they may be paired with to ensure a lifetime bond.
• An important piece of our adoption contract will require a completed positive reinforcement, reward-based training program at training facility of your choice (must be approved). It is our belief that our 90% success rate of our dogs staying in their homes is directly correlated to this policy.
• We believe that motivational training secures the human/animal bond between you and your new lifetime companion. In addition, it helps to create solid leadership skills in new owners.
• We microchip every dog that passes through our doors, which, if lost, will lead them back to their beloved pet parents.
• With the best of intentions, sometimes dogs have to be returned - every animal that we help is a part of the Blue Dog Shelter family and are welcome back with open arms.
Our Goal for the Future
To create a safe sanctuary of empathy and love for these marvelous friends who for one reason or another cannot be placed into a forever home – their home will become Sunshine’s Haven: Sunshine was a beautifully sweet Bull Mastiff owned and loved by Jeni Mather. Sunshine spent a lot of her time guiding the way for many adoption dogs at the shelter. In the fall of 2002, she was diagnosed with lymph node cancer. Everyone was hoping that chemotherapy would keep her happy and alive for a few more years, but sadly after battling cancer for more than nine months, Sunshine passed away on June 3, 2003.
This goal of a sanctuary, however, takes hard work and a lot of money and resources. If you are interested in helping out "Jeni's Wish", please send donations to the Brockton Blue Dog Shelter with "Sunshine's Haven" in the memo line. If there is a service your company would like to offer or donate to the construction of the sanctuary, please call us at 508.436.6446.