Angel Fund swoops in to care for dogs, cats that have been left behind

There are many sick and injured animals that are in need of help, and that’s when The Montgomery County Angel Fund steps in, many times to save the lives of those animals.

The Angel Fund began in 2017 through the work of Tracie and David Hogan and became a nonprofit in 2018. Tracie Hogan was inspired to form the group after volunteering with Montgomery County Animal Care and Control.

Along with transporting animals to other shelters and helping with rescues and adoptions, Hogan began using her personal finances to help animals that may have otherwise been euthanized. When the expenses became too much for her alone, she called on others she knew for help.

The Angel Fund has helped animals that have been abused and injured, have tumors, or need heartworm treatments. They also support spaying and neutering programs.

They work closely with Sango Veterinary Hospital and other veterinarian clinics in the community to help with the animal’s medical needs.

She said many people don’t understand how many animals come into the shelter as stray, being surrendered by their owners, or being sick or injured. If an animal has a serious medical problem, the shelter may not have enough money in the budget to cover expensive medical treatment.

But covering those bills hasn’t been easy lately.

In 2019, the organization was able to raise close to $30,000 through fundraising events and individual donations. But Hogan said with COVID-19, it has been extremely difficult this year, and they have only raised around $6,000, while paying out more than $10,000 in vet bills.

Helping with feral cats

Dogs are not the only animals being helped by Angel Fund right now. Hogan says she is getting calls almost daily about feral cats.

Hogan said Montgomery County Animal Care and Control doesn’t have room to take in all of the stray cats, and Angel Fund is trying to help by getting the cats spayed or neutered to help prevent the problem.

Many times, people who have found the cats are willing to take care of them after they have been spayed or neutered.

“We are trying to help with this constant problem of feral cats mating and having kittens and the situation getting worse and worse. This is a different service than what we’ve been doing, but it helps the shelter and it helps Montgomery County,” said Hogan.

Clarksville’s Best Gold winner

Angel Fund was awarded Gold Best Nonprofit Organization in Clarksville’s Best 2020 contest, winning $24,000 in advertising support along with the $3,225 in cash that they raised as part of the two-week fundraising contest among the nonprofit finalists.

“I am thrilled beyond belief,” Hogan said of being a finalist for the award. “Being a new nonprofit, awareness is huge for us being able to continue to help and do what we’re doing for these animals in Montgomery County.”

Hogan added she didn’t have words to say how appreciative she was that the community came together for this cause.

“Being able to set up the GoFundMe and being recognized as one of Clarksville’s Best is probably going to save us this year.”

For more on The Montgomery County Angel Fund visit MCAngelFund.org, go to their Facebook page, or email  [email protected].

 

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