SOURCE: New Leash on Life Animal Rescue Foundation

New Leash on Life Animal Rescue Foundation

December 14, 2009 06:00 ET

In Light of a Critical Funding Shortfall "New Leash on Life" Animal Rescue Foundation Announces Plans to Achieve Temporary Self Sufficiency

NLOL Opens Deluxe Boarding Facility for Dogs Offering Amenities Previously Missing in the 'Kennel Experience'

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 14, 2009) - In a critical move to save its financially-strapped animal rescue foundation, "NEW LEASH ON LIFE," best known for its "NUTS FOR MUTTS" annual events, its LEND A PAW PROGRAM, and its HURRICANE KATRINA rescue efforts, today announced the opening of their deluxe boarding facility. The L.A.-based non profit, which rescues dogs from city animal shelters then rehabilitates and places them in 'forever' homes, nearly closed in October when its charitable donations failed to cover costs. With the launch of their temporary boarding facility for dogs at NLOL's 13-acre Ranch in Newhall, the non profit hopes to at least cover basic operational expenses.

"Our aim is to become self sufficient -- as opposed to donation dependent," states NLOL Business Development Director Sean Tanner, "so we can continue to rescue, rehabilitate and place homeless animals. We need funding to implement our business plan to build a separate retail boarding facility at the ranch which will generate revenue equal to our operating expenses. While waiting for funding, we've converted some of our kennels for retail boarding to subsidize our expenses. That will allow us to temporarily continue our mission of local and national animal rescue work."

NLOL's deluxe boarding facility features 12 indoor, temperature-controlled kennels plus three 'bungalows' -- mini houses which feature open sleeping privileges and a private fenced-in yard for double occupancy. The complex also offers playtime in a full sized swimming pool and off-leash recreation in their enclosed private dog park. The ranch is staffed 24/7 by professional handlers, trainers and volunteers who are knowledgeable about all breeds and passionate about animal rescue work. This feature is one of many that set apart NLOL's boarding facilities from other kennel operations.

As it receives funding, NLOL plans to adopt more dogs from city shelters this Holiday Season and continue to rescue dogs that have been abandoned during the rise in foreclosures in California. Presently, NLOL has a variety of dogs awaiting adoption to permanent homes.

NLOL was established in 1999 for the purpose of rescuing, rehabilitating, and placing shelter dogs in good homes. To date, over 5,000 lucky dogs have benefited including 65 dogs rescued during Hurricane Katrina.

Their Lend-A-Paw program trains and certifies rescue dogs for essential therapy and assistance work especially to autistic children. These wonderful animals also tour children's' hospitals, schools, senior living facilities and rehabilitation centers.

NLOL stages two annual events: The "Nuts for Mutts" Dog Show and a 5-K Walk. The Dog Show draws 8,000 people while The Walk raises over $80,000 for NLOL's rescue expenses. NLOL also operates an online store called STUFF-for-MUTTS.com selling high quality pet accessories and pet couture.

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