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Please Help Tripawds Grow!

Poor Hot JerryWhen I had my leg amputated, Mom and Dad were terrified. They had never seen a three legged dog before, and thought that life as we knew it was over.

The day I went into surgery, Dad started my three legged dog blog, and began sharing our journey with the world. It didn’t take long before other pawrents wrote to tell about their experiences. Suddenly, Mom and Dad didn’t feel so alone anymore.

That’s when they knew they wanted to pay it forward, by helping others and creating the world’s greatest place for three legged dogs! Since 2006, Tripawds has been a true labor of love for them.

A Labor of Love

Tripawds might look “big” but did you know my Mom and Dad are the only ones who take care of everything here? As volunteers, they do it all from the 24′ foot trailer they call home. And until now, they’ve covered all of the costs of keeping this site going.

The hours they spend on it each day are so worthwhile! To them, there’s nothing more gratifying than witnessing the generosity of people like you who are always willing to offer a shoulder to lean on for new Tripawd pawrents looking for help and advice.

Time for a Bigger Dog House

There’s only one downside to making more friends here: Tripawds has outgrown our current web hosting plan. That’s why you may have noticed performance issues in the discussion forums and chat room. Our time has come to move to a bigger dog house, so Dad can make major upgrades that will improve your experience here.

This bigger dog house costs money, and we can’t pay for it alone. We’ve never asked for donations outright before, but we need everyone’s help to make this improvement possible.

Today we are announcing our first fundraising campaign to help pay for this much needed upgrade and ongoing maintenance. We are seeking to raise $4,250 to cover the costs of migrating Tripawds.com to it’s own dedicated website server, and cover the first year of monthly hosting fees and maintenance.

Let’s Keep Hopping Along

In technical terms, the low budget shared hosting account we currently have just can’t handle the traffic we get at tripawds.com any more. The number of daily visitors has tripled since we launched the discussion forums just over a year ago. And more members are joining every day! As our community continues to grow, we want everyone to enjoy their stay here, without degraded performance. So, we will be moving to the new managed server shortly.

Three Legged Dogs Jerry and Eisen play at Williams Creek ReservoirThis upgrade is sure to keep Tripawds up and running at peak performance, for a long time to come. But it means we need your contributions now. Won’t you please take a moment to make a secure contribution by clicking the ChipIn! button? This way everyone will know when we’ve reached our goal.

Your support will also help pay for things like informative cards and posters we send to vet’s offices, covering the shipping fees for harnesses returned by those whose dogs have passed away, and donations we make to canine cancer organizations. These are things Mom and Dad have always paid for out of their own pockets, and would love to get help with. Here’s some expense details if you’re interested.

Every Litte Bit Helps

We know you have a lot to think about right now with your own Tripawd experience. And we know these times are ruff. But seriously, no amount is too small! Every little bit will help keep this community offering awesome resources, information, and moral support. And once we’re on our new server, we’ll be able to offer some exciting new features too.

Won’t you please consider helping to support Tripawds? It’s easy and quick, and once you do it, we won’t bug you again for another year!

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for anything you can give today.

– René, Jim & Spirit Jerry

9 Responses to “Please Help Tripawds Grow!”

  1. I’m more than happy to ChipIn, too! I know I haven’t been around much lately, but have been having some health problems of my own. I hope you reach your goal! Love Vicki, Blazer & Kitty Kimber

    • Thank you sooooo much for your generous contribution Vicki! It’s good to hear from you again, and we hope things start looking up for you.

  2. FYI: You can help us with this fundraising campaign by placing our ChipIn! widget on your website. Just click the “copy” link in the widget to get the code! If you use Blogger, TypePad, MySpace, or another blogging platform, let us know and we can send you customized code and instructions.

  3. This is such an awesome idea and I am sooooooo happy to donate! Tripawds has been such a wonderful resource and really helped us through the ruff times. It’s exciting to hear that the site is growing. Rene, Jim, and Spirit Jerry… THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all the work you’ve done and all the sacrifices you’ve made to make this site happen.

    I am running my first marathon (26.2 miles) in late May and would love to run “for” Tripawds. I have personally pledged $10 per mile and will contribute every penny to your Fundraising Campaign. Please let me know if there’s a way I could tie this in to your campaign. Shoot me an email when you get a chance and we can talk more.

    “Dane Mom” Sue and Nova the Great Dane Tripawd
    Linden, Michigan

    • We can’t thank you enough for your generous support Sue! This site would not be what it is today without the help of members like you. We’ll be in touch.

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