$1 Million Donation Accelerates Lost Our Home Pet Shelter Expansion Plans


By Maddie Johnson

It’s hard to say if it was the holiday spirit or a love of animals that prompted an anonymous donor to donate $1 million to Lost Our Home Pet Rescue to buy the facility they currently occupy in Tempe. , but this act of kindness is making waves for the rescue.

LOH Pet Rescue helps pets and their families who may be struggling with home foreclosures, domestic violence cases, or any other circumstances that may prevent a family from caring for their pets.

“What sets our foundation apart is that we help people and pets,” said executive director and founder Jodi Polanski.

The family who donated the million dollars saw the importance of LOH and were great partners in the foundation, but asked to remain anonymous to the public, according to Polanski.

“They love what we’re doing,” Polanski said, “and they know that owning our own space and having that stability was the most important step in realizing all of these big plans that we have for the future.”

In addition to the $1 million donation, LOH received a $250,000 donation from the Rachael Ray Foundation which they will use to launch LOH’s Home At Last campaign to make improvements to the facility and improve to add a medical room for its pet residents.

Polanski said owning the space they occupied was the most important step moving forward.

The shelter rented the facility in Tempe in 2013 as a temporary housing unit for rescued pets and was unable to make the upgrades needed for a fully functioning pet shelter in a rented space.

“When we got the building four years ago, we put in the bare minimum just to get by as a shelter, you don’t want to put a lot of expensive renovations into a building that you don’t own,” Polanski said.

The additional $250,000 will go towards major renovations such as
medical treatment rooms for cats and dogs.

The rescue also plans to add renovated space and improved living facilities to improve the quality of life for its cats and dogs, and to increase the ability to bring more furry friends to the shelter.

“It’s going to be like its own little pet neighborhood,” Polanski said.

The next step for LOH is to continue to expand partnerships with programs such as domestic violence shelters to help improve the lives of people and their pets who may be going through difficult times.

While these large donations go a long way towards helping relief get their campaign off the ground, Polanski emphasizes the importance of small donations. LOH now offers commemorative bricks and other recognition opportunities for any corporate or individual donations.

“Any donation, no matter how small, adds up, our support for this shelter from day one has been these $20 donations,” Polanski said. “It’s more about bringing the community together and giving small pieces of what they can give, which allows big projects to come to fruition.”

Information: 480-602-445-7387 or lostourhome.org.

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