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2022 is a turning point.

Not only will we continue saving more senior and medical pets, but we are also adding new community programs that help both the pets and pet owners who need it.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And we want to be at the forefront of change.

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In the 10 years since Long Way Home, Inc became a nonprofit, we have experienced immense growth. Over the last few years in particular, the Long Way Home Adoptables branch has grown like crazy.

We excel at being adaptable, and able to change with how our community's needs shift over time. Back in 2011, before social media was a "thing" in rescue, LWH was primarily a sanctuary model. We quickly realized there are homes all across the country that love seniors, and a sanctuary model was not the answer. We were able to sunset the program and become 100% adoption based, with elderly and medical pets being our focus.

However--as many shelters, rescues, and advocacy groups are seeing, the pet overpopulation problem is a result of deeply rooted issues in our communities: unaffordable spay/neuters, lack of education, microchips, pet food insecurity, and more. Rescues provide an invaluable service, but more can be done in the community itself, as well as networking with and mentoring other rescues.

2022 is a turning point. Not only will we continue saving more and more senior and medical pets, but we are also going to announce something new every month for most of this year.

For January, we can announce that in 2022, we will start offering FREE MICROCHIPS with lifetime registration to anyone who wants them. Details coming soon, but if we can help keep these pets from ending up in the shelter in the first place, that's a solid start!

We have also grown to the point that responding to the tidal wave of applications, DMs, emails, texts, voicemails, website messages, comments, tags, etc is unsustainable, so we are *finally* bringing in part-time help. PHEW! We ask you give us some time to get everything set up and going, but we are glad to have some extra hands on deck.

We saved 238 at-risk pets last year (an almost 11% increase over pre-pandemic numbers), with almost 90% of them being seniors or medical cases. LWH will *always* make them our main focus. Thank you for your constant support, because YOU make this mission possible.

We are so excited to see what 2022 brings for us, for shelter pets yet to be saved, and for those in the community who just need a little help to keep their pets from ever needing shelters or rescues to begin with.

THANK YOU for your constant support!

Long Way Home Adoptables