Thursday, September 29, 2011
I am writing to you to share something that is near and dear to my heart. And to ask for your help....
If you have spent any time with me over the last two years, you have probably heard me talk about my friend Mia and her organization, Animals Without Limits (AWL). In fact, you may have seen pictures of me with her and the animals in Italy.
The mission of their organization is to rescue animals who don't have a voice....from the streets, from shelters, from abusive conditions in parts of the world where they do not have animal welfare structures like we do here in the United States.
One of Mia's most proud accomplishments working through AWL is the creation of Casa dell'Amore, a hospice/rehab center for dogs in Campania, Italy. Mia brings old/sick dogs to the hospice....many of whom have spent 10+ years in cages in horrible government shelters....and gives them love, food, a warm bed and a chance to walk on the grass before it is time to go across the Rainbow Bridge. For some it is a year or two. For others a few weeks. But they pass over knowing that someone has loved them.
It breaks my heart to hear from Mia that she is in danger of losing the hospice because she can't raise money fast enough to pay the rent. And that is where I am asking for your help.
I and my ex-husband Craig have made a Challenge Grant to AWL of $5000. We will match each dollar raised up to that amount. With $10,000 the animals would know that they have a home for most of the next year.
Can you help me?
Donations of all sizes would be appreciated. And I ask this in lieu of birthday presents, Christmas presents....or even the next round of drinks when we are out.
Donations can be made via PayPal at www.animalswithoutlimits.com. They are a registered 501c3 organization in the US, so your donation will be tax deductible. Make sure to add "Kleber Challenge Grant" as the purpose of your gift so we can track it. Thank you so much in advance for your help and compassion.
Much love from me and the animals....
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Well, I sent my mother back to Sweden and brought Clyde into the family. I have never, ever regretted that decision.
He was always so patient, gentlemanly, kind and gentle. Except with cats, we learned to our chagrin at LegaProAnimale. His breath was horrible from his rotten teeth (from eating God-knows-what while in the woods), but his heart was so pure. And he was such a magnificent sight, when he would run (“prance” really) with his head held high, and his tail up. We never learned the story of how he came to be alone in the woods. We have always suspected he was cast off by a military family. Maybe it was time to move, and they didn't think they could take him with them. Maybe they had other excuses. All we do know is he was alone, in the woods, in not-great shape.
So, on a crystal clear, warm, early autumn afternoon in Germany; with not a cloud in the sky, the leaves starting to turn to orange and red, and the faint image of a half-moon visible over the treetops, we helped Clyde across the final barrier for him. His body and mind were failing, but not his heart and love for our family. It was heartbreaking to make the decision, and to let him go. I wanted to hold on to him forever. But he was in pain, and wanted so dearly to be set free. It was really the only thing I could do for him.
I don’t have to tell you I miss him, you know and understand. I wanted to share my pain and happy memories with my great animal friends. Clyde's in a better place, free again to run and "prance", play, bark at horses and maybe even chase a few cats.
I take solace in the belief that we’ll walk together again when I cross the Rainbow Bridge and see him waiting there, with Tjojs, Ranger and others.
Monday, September 26, 2011
So with hospice and wonderful volunteers we have made a succes and would love to celebrate that together with you. Please, bring your friends and you will meet suprises, like-minded people and the donation box inside a warm Casa dell'Amore!
The team and I cannot wait to see you. Welcome!
Monday, September 19, 2011
My decision, which many supported, let Zamira-Rocket get to her final destination: freedom.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
So, it is only right that we thank those who make what we do possible.
The painting team from the Navy Hospital at the Support Site (NSA Naples). For a whole Saturday they were painting at the Hospice. Their efforts result in a wonderfully clean and updated appearance in the upstairs bedrooms and the fence around the property.
Thank you everyone for your good bye's for me when it was my time to leave Italy. It is nice to know I had many wonderful friends.
Donations from lovely people, thank you, Tracey Kleber, Los Angeles USA; Steven Lovejoy, USA; Chioma Aduku-Griffin, USA; Kristina Louise Tipton, USA. China Platou, SE; Deborah Moors, USA; Natatia dePaoli, Italy; Angela Collins USA, Tracey L Nettles USA, Tanya Bonard Killborn USA. Heavenly Cake Marilyn, USA.
For Finely's (2nd) Birthday the Family Molly Kelleher Honing chose to donate in his honor donated also friends Amy Markowitz and photographer Renee Williams USA
Frederica Sandri's wish was on her wedding day to donate to AWL instead of buying gifts. Thank you so much for that generous thought and the much needed donations. Aguri sweet Fredeica, you are Amore.
Todd for 200 l propane so we can have some couple of warm months in the hospice.
And as always, beautiful AWL Hospice team Martina and Pio, Chiara and Antonio, Patty, Angy, Grazia and "Turkey-boiling" Lynn for Zamira's diet.
All you are true Amore, thank you for making a difference. Neues Liebe!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Some research have been made about adopting dogs here in Stuttgart area, and I found an information sheet writing to Americans, that here are many animal shelters around but it is difficult for Americans to adopt.
We discussed in general terms previously that AWL would help in adopting dogs up to Stuttgart, since we were informed that Americans wanted to adopt dogs since they didn’t want to spend hundreds of euros on pure breeds.
However, given what we have found out since arriving in Stuttgart, AWL has decided to not be part of any adoptions in Germany. We are trying to help a bad situation in Napoli, not t move the problems. We know that there are sincere people who want to adopt but they can get together with a German friend to visit the many shelters (7) around here and adopt directly. (Many come from horrible shelters in Romania)
AWL is not going to be a part of contributing to a growing problem here in Germany, one that is much the same as in Campania area.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
For many years they had lived together on the streets, watched-over by a bag man that was taking care of them. Together with 3 other dogs they ate and lived on the streets.
But one day via FB came a request for help; the caretaker had died and now some people wanted to poison the dogs or throw them in the shelter. The only solution would be to throw them in shelter if no one would adopt them. After 17 years for Angelo and 14 years for Tigro, would their freedom be taken from them; sent to prison, a cold wet concrete floor? No caretaking, not any healthy food just to sit on a small square and wait for death to release them. AWL answered and told the rescue team we could take Angelo and Tigro to our newly opened hospice. Angelo was like a big teddy bear and he was blind. Tigro, a small female --- his wife --- was his eyes. She escorted him around the house by putting her nose on his back legs, nudging him which way he had to go. When he knew his way around she “divorced” him and moved together with Dicky, a younger more handsome male. Angelo was happy, peace and quiet he could do what he loved the most: Eat and sleep. Walking around in his green garden with we volunteers loving up on him. Ah, he was in Sanctuary, a good five star stray hotel for elderly strays being served and their dog bed fluffed up.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Also Steven Lovejoy, for the food donation and money donation for Zamira's medical bills.
Thank you Heavenly Cakes for designing and donating two fantastic AWL cakes. One went to the wonderful ladies at the Thrift Store and the other to the heartwarming Vet clinic on base (Navy Support Site), for their support to AWL in different ways over the past several years. Marilyn you are so talented and have the biggest heart ever. She also donated the "Business 50 dollar a month donation" both for August and September.
You can see her fantastic work on her website: www.heavenlycakessite.webs.com
Our lovely Chi Chi with her fantastic web site for your pet; http://www.chichipeture.com/
Donated the "Business 50 dollar donation a month donation"
Ricci Jewerly Collection, for their "50% sold donation for AWL"
Craig Kleber for his rent donation for the hospice the month of September. You are a saint.
Our loyal sponsor Tracey Kleber from LA, thank you for not giving up on us.
Laura Vazques, Isabel De Quiroz, Malin Wahlin, Tracey L. Nettles, Angela Collins, for supporting our work with AWL.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Thanks to Craig, the Hospice Casa dell' Amore could pay the rent so no homeless dogs this month. That's savior Amore.
If only you could see us wag our tails, one and all. As you can see on the picture, everyone wants a piece of you.