The Evolution of WhatCanWe.org
A Lifelong Passion
Beth Pattee and Shannon Delgado, co-founders of WhatCanWe.org, share a lifelong passion for animals. Having cared for numerous pets and volunteered with community rescue organizations they developed a deep appreciation for the role animals play in all people’s lives. They saw first-hand how animals and our communities benefit from all the dedicated rescue organizations that serve homeless animal populations and work diligently to place them in forever homes. They believe that when a dog is rescued and placed in a forever home, there is “HEALING AT BOTH ENDS OF THE LEASH™.”
One Question. A Profound Answer.
In February 2012 Christopher Myers, a valued volunteer at L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue and close family friend of WhatCanWe.org co-founders Beth Pattee and Shannon Delgado, passed away after a tragic auto accident. In the wake of this tragedy, many people impacted by the profound example of altruism this young man had demonstrated with his three years of compassionate volunteering felt the need to do something in his honor, and repeatedly asked…
“What can we do?”
Because of Christopher’s tragic loss, Beth and Shannon spent more time with L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue and its founders. They started research to answer that simple but profound question…
“What can we do?”
To their amazement, Beth and Shannon identified a substantial void that hampers the efforts of virtually every licensed, nonprofit rescue. It is a challenge that often puts the rescue organization’s survival at risk and gravely impacts their ability to save more animals.
The fact is that more than 50% of most rescues’ operating budgets are depleted by the staggering cost of providing desperately needed veterinary procedures.
This fact alone helped answer the question, and WhatCanWe.org was founded with a mission to raise funds and awareness in order to assist licensed, nonprofit animal rescues with veterinary care.
When animal rescues take in a homeless animal, they commit to doing whatever is necessary to help it survive and thrive. A rescue’s primary purpose is to nurture each animal and transition them to placement in a forever home. Often rescues save animals that are scheduled for euthanasia within the next 24 hours. Quick decisions must be made in order to save animals’ lives, which can result in unanticipated emergency veterinary expenses.
An animal may have internal injuries, need emergency surgery, be battling an undiagnosed condition or suffer from other ailments that were not readily apparent. When that happens, it costs the rescue hundreds if not thousands of dollars for veterinary care. These emergency expenses severely limit the rescues’ ability to save more animals. Unlike animal shelters, animal rescue groups do not receive any government aid or funding. Most rely solely on limited resources, private contributions from animal lovers, and countless hours of time donated by benevolent volunteers.