Volunteers - Our dedicated volunteers and board members find creative ways in 2020 to continue to serve Tails of Hope, its clients, and our mission to impact pet over-population through spay/neuter programs, and support of rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and education.
Clients - Our grateful, kind, and compassionate clients who generously sPAY it forward by donating on their day of service for another animal and/or person in need.
Dr. Nicole Grable - The owner of Pet Set Go led by example and joined Tails of Hope to keep our doors open during a national veterinarian shortage.
The Glenn & Jean Harnett Private Charitable Foundation - Thanks to a grant from this local foundation, financial assistance was made available via Tails of Hope to those who in our community who need it most through both spay/neuter services and pet food distribution events.
The Community Foundation - We were invited to join a new matching program for the community and raised some funds to try to cover the huge losses from fundraising events that were forced to be cancelled this year.
The Turner Family - In honor and memory of Dr. Jennifer L. Turner, funds were provided to cover much needed spay/neuter services for homeless feral cats in our community.
Neil Catrick Harris - This cat literally trotted up to our clinic door and highlighted why we continue our mission: for the homeless and the voiceless that cannot help themselves and need our help. See his story further down on page: Happy Ending for Neil Catric Harris.
We hope these stories inspire you to make a gift today. Please make a donation by mail or on our website DONATE page. We thank you in advance for your most generous gift.
Out of challenge………….comes new leaders and creativity.
Out of quarantine……….comes bonus time with family and fur babies.
Out of loss…………………..comes a legacy.
Out of your donation…..comes hope.
P.S. Take advantage of the CARES Act* which makes your donation a WIN-WIN. You can deduct more of your charitable donations during these crucial times more than ever before - but only for the rest of 2020!
Tails of Hope, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity and all donations are fully tax deductible to the extent required by law. EIN# 81-1070254
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For Immediate Release: 11/10/20
Hermitage, PA– On November 9, 2020, Tails of Hope held a free TNR spay/neuter day for community cats in our community at the Thomas M. O’Brien Animal Care Center in Hermitage. The event was held in honor of Dr. Jennifer L. Turner.
“Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR for short, is the humane approach to controlling feral cat overpopulation. It’s a community-based program that involves concerned citizens trapping free-roaming cats in your neighborhood, bringing them to a clinic like Tails of Hope to get them spayed or neutered and vaccinated, and then returning the cats to the exact location where they were trapped so they can live out the rest of their natural lives, ideally with a caregiver also providing food, water and shelter for them,” explained Soraya Hejazi, Executive Director of Tails of Hope. “While under anesthesia, the cats also receive an ear-tip—a painless procedure in which the tip of the left ear is removed—a universal sign they have been part of a TNR program.”
There exists in Mercer County a large population of homeless stray and feral cats. Given their strong survival capabilities and prolific breeding, if nothing is done, this population will simply continue to grow. If the population is left unchecked, it will only lead to more and more cats living in unmanaged colonies, a decrease in public tolerance of homeless cats, and increased pressure on the environment, animal control agencies and our society as a whole.
TNR is a community-based program and its success depends on many. A mixture of ten dedicated non-profit groups and individual citizens successfully trapped and transported a total of 71 cats from Greenville, New Castle, Grove City, Sharpsville, Mercer, and Masury to Tails of Hope at the Thomas M. O’Brien Animal Care Center in Hermitage for spay/neuter and vaccination services on November 9, 2020. These services were completed by a 15-person team consisting of Tails of Hope employees, volunteers, and veterinary clinic staff. The impact of this event can be calculated with a lot of multiplication: cat colonies can quickly quadruple in size in a very short period of time, as cats can have two to three litters per year of five to six kittens each, and then those kittens can become pregnant at about six months of age…and so the cycle continues.
“We are indebted to The John and Judy Turner Family and The Glenn & Jean Harnett Private Charitable Foundation for sponsoring this TNR event. We are extremely grateful for the concerned citizens who trap, transport, and return the cats; the caretakers who provide food, shelter, and oversight for the cats; and to our caring and generous volunteers. We could not complete our mission without all of them,” said Soraya Hejazi.
Tails of Hope is seeking to build partnerships with individuals and groups in the community to increase Trap-Neuter-Return efforts that will decrease the number of homeless cats in our community and reduce needless pain and suffering and save cats’ lives at the least cost to the public.
About Tails of Hope, Inc.
Tails of Hope, Inc. (TOH), at The Thomas M. O’Brien Animal Care Center, opened in 2017 as a not for profit, 501 (c) (3) born from a love of animals and service to our community. TOH believes the world will be a better place when it values and ensures the well-being of companion animals, treating them with kindness and compassion. TOH exists to eliminate neglect, abuse and suffering of animals resulting in improved overall quality of animal life and strives to impact pet over-population through spay/neuter programs and supporting rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and education.
About The Glenn & Jean Harnett Private Charitable Foundation
The Glenn and Jean Harnett Private Charitable Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) created from the assets of a trust fund built by Glenn and Jean Harnett formerly of Mercer County Pennsylvania. The foundation makes gifts in their memory to assist animal welfare projects and the churches beloved by both Glenn and Jean in both Mercer County Pennsylvania and Trumbull County Ohio.
Diane O’Brien Webster
Event Sponsor and Volunteer Michelle Turner-Mueller transports two anesthetized cats into surgery.
Many thanks to the Glenn and Jean Harnett Foundation
for granting the funds to make these events possible.
All we ask in return is for you to like our fb page and to let us photograph your pet in your car.
Bring your pet in costume for a chance to win a $25 Agway Gift Certificate and a Pet Gift Basket.
The pet whose photo has the most facebook likes by 10/31/20 wins!
Visit our fb event page for more info. See button at right.
Let your friends know that you plan to attend and invite them too!
MONTROSE SUPER STORE Hermitage is hosting
PAWS FOR A CAUSE
with local animal welfare non-profits for
a day of fun, food and prizes!
JOIN US @ 1435 N Hermitage Rd 16148
Saturday, September 5th from 11am-4pm
along with our fellow animal loving organizations.
BUNNIES, CATS AND DOGS ON SITE !
More info @MontroseSuperstore
What keeps our Co-Founder and President forging forward?
"It takes courage and determination to pick yourself up and forge forward no matter what the outcome will be." Read her article in August's Valley Voices magazine.
During busy intake on Friday, July 24, 2020, a neighbor in the area walked to our parking lot with a kitten trotting behind her. She did not know where the kitten came from. She was scared he would get hit by a car. The kitten came running to our front door and into the center.
The kitty had to be put in a cat cage while we continued our day, and while we made calls to try to place the kitten in a foster or shelter; Marc also posted on Facebook. Well, everywhere was full, so we decided he could stay for the weekend at Chateau Tails of Hope. Mark decided to name him Neil Catrick Harris (after first considering Hairy Pawter).
The intake/wellness room was transformed into kitty haven for the weekend. I have been coming into play with him, feed him, etc. He purrs non-stop, likes to play and gives lots of kisses.
While I was here Friday night, I saw our next door neighbors outside. I walked up to just explain the situation and ask them if they by any chance knew where this kitten came from; they did not. About 20 minutes later, the doorbell rang at TOH. It was the neighbor again. He said his he and his girlfriend can't say no. So.....
Our neighbors are adopting the kitty! This kitty will join a wonderful cat-friendly dog named Murphy and another black cat (named Oliver or Oscar, sorry I forget which).
The kitty is on our schedule for Monday for tests, vaccines, and neuter after which he will go to his new home.
Soraya Hejazi, Executive Director
Tails of Hope, Inc. W PA
Make Independence Day safe and fun for you and your pets by taking steps to protect them. Here are some tips to help keep your four-legged loved ones safe:
While many people enjoy the 4th of July firework festivities, our furry animal companions prefer a quiet time at home. Fireworks are no fun for some pets! The loud noises can frighten dogs and cats, causing them to escape their homes or yard in an attempt to look for safety.
The best way to keep your pets safe is to make sure they stay indoors, in an enclosed room or familiar crate with some of their favorite toys, and play soothing and calming music. If you do allow your pet outside, be sure that your gates or fence are secure or that your pet stays on a leash.
Make sure your pet has up-to-date identification. If your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar or harness with a current license and/or ID tag on it and a microchip that is registered with your contact information, will help reunite you with your furry family member right away!
Even if your pet does not seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to our animal friends. You can prevent potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion of fireworks, which can be fatal for pets, by keeping out of the vicinity of fireworks and asking friends and neighbors to avoid using them.
- Los Angeles Department of Animal Services
Thank you for visiting Tails of Hope! We are in the process of adding to our medical staff. Unfortunately, this means we are unable to set appointments at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. Watch to meet the new team members when we resume care of our animal friends.
Earlier this week, the Governor of Pennsylvania extended the order for "non-essential businesses" to be closed from 2 weeks to indefinitely. Due to this change, we now expect to be closed until the beginning of May.
This means that the Vaccine Clinic we had scheduled for Sunday April the 19th is cancelled. We will reschedule the event at a later time once we are back in operation.
We will continue to give updates here and on our Facebook page as they become available. We will also still be checking the phones at the clinic while we are closed.
Thank you and stay safe.
Due to the evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 Virus, and Governor Wolf’s order for “non-essential businesses” to close for a 2 week period to combat the virus, the clinic will be closed to the public until at least the first week of April.
We will be keeping the public up to date through our Facebook account and this web page. We will also be periodically checking the phones while the clinic is closed. We will answer any voice mails as we get them. We thank you for your patience.
We plan on being back to business as usual as soon as we possibly can.
Thank you for your support and your understanding. Take care and stay safe!
This is a great way to help a friend or family member cover the cost of getting their pet fixed. This will help the animals live happy and healthier lives and also help reduce the animal overpopulation problem.
Gift certificates can be purchases in any amount.
Gift certificates are available for purchase at the clinic, Monday through Thursday 9 am to 4 pm. We accept cash and credit/debit cards as payment.
You can also purchase gift certificates if you see us out in the community. We can only accept cash as payment at these events.
Winner for Large Non-Profit/Service Organization
We are very proud to announce that Tails of Hope was chosen for one of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce Phoenix Awards for 2019. Winning this award validates the hard work that goes into making Tails of Hope the organization we are all so proud of.
The Sharon Herald: https://www.sharonherald.com/news/local-businesses-fly-high-at-phoenix-awards/article_802da818-7914-11e9-8770-47fd698f553c.html
The Business Journal Daily: https://businessjournaldaily.com/shenango-chamber-presents-15th-annual-phoenix-awards/
WFMJ TV: http://www.wfmj.com/story/40490491/shenango-valley-chamber-of-commercehonors-local-businesses
Congratulations to our winners, Susan Jewell and Paula Geidner!
We are happy to announce the winners of our Dog and Cat Quilt Raffle!Dog Quilt Winner: Susan Jewell
Cat Quilt Winner: Paula Geidner
Congratulations to our winners and THANK YOU to everyone who donated! We can't do what we do without your support!
Please attend to support local animal advocacy organizations.
APL, Animal Protection League of Western PA protects abused, neglected, and abandoned animals.
SVAS, Shenango Valley Animal Shelter cares for strays and finds forever homes .
ToH, Tails of Hope controls animal population through low/no cost spay/neuter services.
No donation is too small! We are particularly looking for:
Scratch off lottery tickets. Even $5 will be a great help.
Bottles of wine.
Sponsor a puppy or kitten for $100.
Your gift will be noted in the benefit program!
Please drop off or mail to:
SVAS 2599 Broadway Rd Hermitage, PA 16148
The Sha’nini George Foundation
222 Line Rd Mercer, PA 16137
Great food, Premium wines and beers
included in $75 ticket.
Huge brass sound band from Pittsburgh,
Quality auction/raffle items.
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Tails of Hope, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity and all donations are fully tax deductible to the extent required by law.
Tails of Hope's federal tax ID number is: 81-1070254
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