Operation Kindness, the largest no-kill shelter in North Texas, is set to roll out its annual holiday campaign with the goal to raise enough funds to operate its medical center for the upcoming year.
“The Stock our Hospital” campaign focuses on replenishing medicine and medical supplies used to care for sick or injured animals.
“The whole idea is to help us to get a head start on the expenses we have throughout the year,” said Jim Hanophy, Operation Kindness CEO.
Hanophy said the organization’s medical budget is near $1.2 million, however it doesn’t receive any government funding. Operation Kindness operates completely on grants, donations and the support of the community.
According to the organization’s website, Operation Kindness completed 3,140 spays and neuter surgeries, treated 529 cases of heart worms, treated 2,083 cases of upper respiratory infections and completed 363 orthopedic, ophthalmic and internal surgeries in 2017. In addition the shelter is in the first phase of constructing a new medical center.
To continue that momentum, the shelter officials are hoping donations from the campaign will give them the head start they need. Hanophy said the goal is to reach $200,000, which he believes will be an attainable goal.
Hanophy said about 70 percent of the organization’s animals come from different shelters. Many of these shelters and rescue centers don’t have enough space or don’t have the needed resources to provide medical care. That’s when Operation Kindness steps in.
Macy, a 2-year-old Chihuahua, serves as the campaign’s mascot this year. According to Operation Kindness, Macy came from another shelter and had suffered a rear leg fracture. She needed surgery along with X-rays, splints, medication, lab tests, fluids and care in the intensive care unit. Operation Kindness used its medical facility and resources to help the young dog recover.
Donors can visit operationkindness.org and select an item to give from the Kindness Katalog such as vaccinations, heart worm treatments, spay or neuter surgery, puppy and kitten care kits, beds and blankets and food. The “Stock our Hospital” campaign begins Dec. 1 and will run until the end of the month.
“Once you cross our threshold, you’re safe,” Hanophy said. “We do what’s necessary, and that’s what makes this campaign so great.”