Fundraiser raffle to help special needs rescue continue its life-saving mission

Senior hospice care dogs lived out their golden years being loved at Hank's Hostel before they crossed the Rainbow Bridge

Hank’s Hostel Fur Hounds, a top-notch special needs rescue, is holding a much-needed fundraiser in the form of a raffle. Hank’s Hostel takes in senior dogs, dogs who need hospice care, and dogs with special needs.

Rita Benavidez, Hank’s Hostel‘s founder, has dedicated her life to caring for these most vulnerable dogs. She provides them with individualized care and attention – each with his/her own unique needs. She will even spoon feed them when they can no longer eat on their own – as depicted in this video made before this old-timer, Asher, passed a way.

There are no kennels at Hank’s Hostel. Rather, all the animals live harmoniously in a home environment.

If not for rescue organizations, such as Hank’s Hostel, the animals that have come under its care would not be alive today. All were throw-aways. Generally speaking, regular rescues are ill-equipped to care for special needs animals. Their alternative when faced with the difficult decision to keep a special needs animal is typically euthanasia.

Hank’s Hostel fills that very narrow and cost-prohibitive niche between a painful, homeless life and death. Rescue organizations and independent animal rescuers have come to depend on Hank’s Hostel to take in the special needs babies.

The unfortunate side of this scenario is that once Benavidez generously agrees to take these uber-needy animals under her rescue, Hank’s Hostel is left alone to “pick up the pieces.” Benavidez has very little time – if any – to devote to fundraising. She is much too busy caring for these animals.

The rescue community must realize that once these animals come under the care of Hank’s Hostel, there is much, much more that is needed to ensure their well-being, including multiple surgeries and vet visits, food (many times, home-cooked meals with supplements), supplies, diapers, and the list goes on.

Benavidez’ unwavering dedication is to the very kind of animal others do not want, or cannot care for; so, she forges on and does the best she can. Crossing Guardians knows this to be true because two of its special needs dogs have been the lucky beneficiaries of this wonderful special needs rescue.

Rescue-to-rescue transfer from Crossing Guardians to Hank’s Hostel of two special needs dogs (Hover over the photos for names and descriptions)

The video below is just one example of a special needs Chihuahua who has received multiple surgeries on both patellae and penis. Originally named Dris (renamed “Roo” for Kangaroo), he was dumped on the streets of Tijuana to fend for himself. He may not have the “look” many would desire in a Chihuahua, but he, like all the others Benavidez has taken in, is the apple of her eye.

Benavidez is now reaching out to the rescue community she has helped on numerous occasions. Hank’s Hostel Fur Hounds is holding a raffle to raise funds so they can continue to meet the exorbitant costs of caring for its senior and hospice dogs, and dogs with serious disabilities.

Here is the language of the Hank’s Hostel’s Fundraiser Raffle flyer:

FUNDRAISER RAFFLE FOR HANDSOME HANK’S HOSTEL FUR HOMELESS HOUNDS

WE HERE AT HANK’S ARE FACING SOME OF THE  MOST TRYING TIMES FINANCIALLY THAT WE EVER HAVE, WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT BY PURCHASING A $10 RAFFLE TICKET.

HANK’S HOSTEL FUR HOUNDS ONLY TAKES IN SENIOR, SPECIAL NEEDS AND END OF LIFE CARE (HOSPICE) DOGS THAT STILL HAVE LIFE TO LIVE AND LOVE TO GIVE BUT ARE USUALLY UNDESIRABLE TO MOST ADOPTERS BECAUSE OF THE EXPENSE OR TIME CONSUMING CARE.

THE DRAWING WILL BE HELD AT AN UP AND COMING EVENT AND CAN BE SEEN LIVE ON FACEBOOK, TOP PRIZE IS AN ANTIQUE WATCH WITH AN APPROXIMATE VALUE OF $4,000. OTHER PRIZES INCLUDE AN OFFICIAL AUTOGRAPHED JOHN ELWAY FOOTBALL*, GIFT CARDS FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES, SPA TREATMENTS, BREAKFASTS, DINNERS AND OTHER COOL STUFF.

TO PURCHASE YOUR $10 TICKET PLEASE DO SO BY PAYPAL at hankshostel@msn.com, click on the donate button. Be sure to mark friends and family not merchandise and be sure to say in the comments for raffle and either your email or cell phone so that a picture of your ticket with number can be sent to you. We will mail to our out of state winners!

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Two of the top prizes

Please help Hanks Hostel continue its wonderful, compassionate and life-saving work providing the best of care for its special needs, senior and hospice dogs by purchasing some raffle tickets today. Time is of the essence!

The rescue community depends on rescues like Hank’s Hostel so they can continue to carry on their mission.

Here are just a few of Hank’s Hostel’s other rescue dogs.

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  • Benavidez’ ex-husband, with whom she remains good friends, works for John Elway. Elway was gracious enough to sign the football for purposes of the raffle.

 

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