During the cold winter months, animal loving organizations are working harder than ever to maintain their shelters and raise funds to help the homeless animals left on the icy streets. My mission through my organization, Jurnee’s Journey: Helping All God’s Creations, is to raise funds to support no-kill rescue and spay/neuter groups through jewelry sales at expos, events and on my website Please check out my site and help me help the animals! Here is an update on a few of the organizations I have had the privilege of helping through Jurnee’s Journey.

Romania Animal Rescue, Inc. (RAR) established the first free spay/neuter program for the impoverished people of Romania. “RAR's Trap/Neuter/Release program enables animal caregivers to bring in their cats and dogs to be treated for parasites, vaccinated, and neutered at no cost. RAR returns them to the caregiver and to their previous location.” This year they have surpassed their goal of funding 12,000 spay/neuters! Their new total: 12,835!

PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago is the city’s largest no-kill humane organization. Since their founding in 1997, they have decreased the city’s number of homeless dogs and cats by 50%! They are “working to build a No Kill Chicago.” They have found homes for over 4,400 pets in 2011! This year they unveiled The GusMobile, a spay/neuter van which enables them to bring free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and education to Chicago neighborhoods that are most in need, sterilizing over 18,000 pets!

FiXiT Foundation was founded in 2009 in Norfolk, Virginia. They provide low cost spay/neuter operations through “conducting market research studies to identify and implement the ‘tipping point’ that will successfully persuade people to spay and neuter their animals.” They are currently working on the Final Fix-“a case study in a closed population to demonstrate the effectiveness of their strategy of targeted messaging and incentive-based promotions in increasing demand for spay and neuter.”

Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud, Minnesota has been servicing the animals of Central Minnesota since 1974. This year they have launched the No Pet Left Undone Spay/Neuter Initiative. They are “fully committed to spaying and neutering 100% of the animals before they are adopted from the shelter.”

The nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization is The Humane Society of the United States. I am honored to work with this organization who reaches out to animal groups all around the world. Just in 2010 they provided direct care and relief to about 100,000 animals!

Each of these organizations are working hard to meet the needs of homeless pets. Please show them your support by checking out their websites and helping them fight for animals everywhere!

Jurnee Carr


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