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Know Your Worth!

Know Your Worth!

I just had to talk about this. I know several of my friends can attest to this as well.

A recent conversation: ” You’re prices are too high!” My vet only charges $20/day to Board in the cages”, I want $10/day for your services. I charge $40/day to have run of the home, frequent playtime and walks through nature’s harvest.

I again go to my competitors and look at their prices. Let’s compare:

Large dog: $25/day for 6 by 8 room, playtime extra, 4 or 5 doggie shots required, extra walks, extra money.

Large Dog: $50/day, 4 or 5 doggies shots required, everything extra, holidays double priced!

Vets offices cages only, $20-60/day, no extras

Me: Run of the home, only Rabies is required by law so that is all I ask for, playtime all day, no charge! Extra walks, no charge! As in this case Once an hour sometimes 3 times an hour as dog is old and has cancer. Home has Oriental carpets and regular carpets to go with tile and wood floors. Cleaning costs for floors included in my prices.

Results: I had already guaranteed a deep discount of $20/day. I stood by that. I did not get the client’s business. That is okay. I know my worth. This was a one time exception. It will not happen again. I give discounts to Military and long term clients.

Know your worth. I don’t take every potential client that comes my way looking for rock bottom prices or even less than going rates. I have won 4 consecutive awards for my quality of service.

To learn more: http://www.wildcatsanctuaryranch.com/

I also keep my recommendations on my website. I have multiple client referrals. Google reviews, LinkedIn, and website, and let’s not forget Facebook. I’m looking at joining Angie’s List next.

The reason I tell you this is because if you sacrifice your worth for one person, next thing you know here comes a referral: “Well you did it for them, do it for me.”

Your services are costing you time, money, chemicals, employees, insurance, gas, vehicle repair and much more. Research your competitors and know your worth. The lowest fees on the block does not guarantee you clients. It may in fact guarantee you get none!

I have spoken to may other business owner and this is a frequent complaint of theirs. If this has happened with you and you want to share how you handled it, please comment!



Recently we have been reevaluating our Programs we offer. Should we add more, remove some, put spending caps on them, documentation we ask for, etc.

It was brought home to me quite recently that I can’t help everyone and that by trying to please everyone only drains my limited resources that much quicker.

I have a very unique niche and I should stick to it.

Based on the kinds of requests for help we’ve been receiving, it was decided a cap in place was reasonable and able to help us keep our budget under control.

The kinds of documentation we ask for and receive in order to assist a client is reasonable, legal, and necessary in case of audits. Any non profit should expect to be audited frequently as they grow bigger and handle more and more funds.

As for the programs we offer we are evaluating the Home Repair Project and decided not to add anything more to what we already offer, regardless of whether it’s a good fit for my Mission and Vision.

I can’t stress enough the importance of documenting everything, even people on your Advisory Board. Document every conversation, and suggestion made in case of future malfeasance. Which we’ve already weathered a few times.

People think that because I am woman owned business helping Veterans and animals it is okay to lie to me, try to use me for their own gain, agree to handshake deals only and more.

I have Honor, Integrity, Faith, and I keep my dealings above board and transparent. Much to some people’s dismay.

I always answer any question asked of me in regards to my business. If something is confidential it stays that way.

Veteran Rescue Feedback Poll

Veteran Rescue Feedback Poll

Animal Rescue & Veteran Support Services Trade name Veteran Rescue is looking for feedback.

  • Who liked receiving appreciation gifts from us?
  • Raffle gifts?
  • What types of gifts did you like best out of what we offered?
  • Where could we improve?

Who likes seeing all the updates we do when we have a fundraiser going on?

Do you like seeing real time updates, before and after results?

Let us know what you think!

Animal Rescue & Veteran Support Services Trade name Veteran Rescue

Wildcat’s Sanctuary and Ranch Corp

We raised a total of $396.90 this weekend and a total of $265.42 last month at our Donation Table Events outside of Publix Shopping Center.

Wildcat’s Sanctuary and Ranch clients all received coffee cups from Veteran Rescue as appreciation gifts. All of our Event Sponsors received Veteran Rescue Coffee Cups as Appreciation gifts and two received T-Shirts and Polo Shirts that said Veteran Rescue on them.

Today’s Fundraising Events

We will be setting up our Animal Rescue & Veteran Support Services Trade name Veteran Rescue Donation Table shortly. We will probably get rained out this weekend by bad thunderstorms so we will try to get there as early as possible and stay as long as possible. Safety first! Remember the Corner of Rinehart and Timacuan, Lake Mary, Fl Publix. #VeteranRescue #100%TaxDeductible #Charity 501c3 Approved! You can also donate by Paypal (our email is christi@veteranrescue.org https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=S7ED6HQU6EAZJ or online at our website. http://veteranrescue.org

Our Auction ends today. http://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/index.cfm?auctionID=1778&viewType=1&category=11&catName=Everything%20Else

So far 372 views and NO Bids! This package is worth $5500! #VeteranRescue #100%TaxDeductible #Charity 501c3 Approved!

I will let you know who wins this beautiful portrait package. This is back up for auction.

We raised a total of $396.90 this weekend and a total of $265.42 last month at our Donation Table Events outside of Publix Shopping Center.

My 1st Book in the Series.

Share the Good News! My 1st book is out! The purchase of this book will provide funds for the Programs! https://www.createspace.com/4846721?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026

Helpful Tips For Any Type of Business Book available on Amazon.com, Kindle, Create Space, bookstores can order it, Libraries can order it.

This is just the first in my Think Outside The Box Series of Fundraising to help Programs Operate! It’s also just a teaser!

Fundraisers Veteran Rescue is Hosting to raise funds for our programs!

Fundraisers Veteran Rescue is Hosting to raise funds for our programs!

Access these right on our Website for purchase or call/email to arrange local pickup or discounts. http://veteranrescue.org/veteran-rescue-mugs Available while supplies last. 330 on hand.

EBAY: 102 views. Great Collectible, Every day home or office use, great as gifts. Free Local Pick up. Discounts on large quantity purchases. Great fundraiser. Spread the word. Ends July 24th. http://www.ebay.com/itm/221475532906?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Our Auction has had 356 views. We’re done to the last week to bid! We can do this. Spread the word. BID, BID, BID! http://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/index.cfm?auctionID=1778&viewType=1&category=11&catName=Everything+Else

Opening Bid $500, Retail $5500 Vacation and Renaissance Oil Portrait in one. Ends July 19th.

My 1st Book: Proceeds go to our Programs!!

Find it on Amazon Smile where Amazon donates a portion of purchase to our non profit if you choose us!


Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LMAD9XW

Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/4846721?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026

We are an approved 501c3 Nonprofit. All contributions are 100% Tax Deductible!

An overview: Animal Rescue & Veteran Support Services, Corp (Veteran Rescue ® ) is a 501c3 nonprofit created by Ms. Christi Hubbard (primary owner, founder and CFO) to use animal assisted therapy to assist Veterans in their rehabilitation and reorientation through various services. Since 2011 we have been assisting veterans with home repair projects, rehabilitating rescued animals and paring them together to heal both with plenty of care.


Veteran Rescue programs are here to assist you. We offer several services to assist both Veterans, their families and in pairing them with animals who may also need a helping hand.
Veteran Rescue Programs Available
Equine Therapy
There is magic when man and horse pair up. There’s more than just horseback riding, but a sense of connection. Get connected today and schedule your appointment with us. Be prepared to present your DD214 and Military ID. We’ll need you to fill out a liability waiver and then the magic can happen!
Retreats for Veterans with PTSD
Sometimes, we just need to get away from everything. Retreats for Veterans are projected to be available starting in the summer of 2015 Keep up with Veteran Rescue for the latest news!
Animal Rescues
Man’s best friend sometimes needs a helping hand sometimes. We provide rescues within the limits of availability within our household. Rescued animals are often spayed and neutered as needed, socialized, trained and adopted out.

What a great way to help others out! Wildcat’s Sanctuary and Ranch is offering Free Gift Certificates for Pet Sitting and Dog Walking for qualifying purchases in this fundraiser.

The Importance of Giving

The Importance of giving can best be summed up with it’s all about your generosity. We almost have all of our corporate bills paid off! We are just $2000 short of being in the black this Fiscal Year! How exciting is that! It is thanks to all of you, our supporters who have made this possible!! Our Goal is to be in the black by the end of this July!

We have a Donation Table July 19-20 at Publix (Rinehart and Timacuan)

We have an Auction ending July 19th. http://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/item-detail.cfm?auctionID=1778&ItemID=73527&viewType=1&style=34&font=2&catName=Everything+Else

We have Collectible Coffee Cups for sale to help raise funds. You can buy them from our website http://veteranrescue.org/veteran-rescue-mugs or from Ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/221475532906?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Running a non profit is hard work keeping all the animals fed and healthy. Repairing the vehicle every time it breaks down. Traveling to promote what you do, who you help and why. We have been operating since 2011 as a 100% tax exempt, tax deductible non profit. We went from being in the red to being very close to being paid off.

We are now shooting for a mortgage to purchase our own facilities instead of borrowing others.

This year is special because the CFC (combined Federal Campaign) opened up to Universal Giving which means if you have my CFC 19270 you can donate to us via your Payroll anywhere in the Country. That alone helps springboard non profits into helping even more people!!

A Snapshot of our Fundraise Events So Far

A snapshot of our events. More coming.

Veteran Rescue is participating in several CFC Events where we have a table and we speak to others. August Events. Others will be added as they are offered.

July 6 Board Meeting 1PM, EST

July 19 and 20 we will again be out front Publix, (Rinehart and Timacuan) in Lake Mary.

Board Meeting Aug 3rd, 1PM EST

August 20th – Lakeland, 8:30 – 11:30am, Lakeland Main Post Office, 2800 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33810

 Tampa, 8:30 – 11:30am, TBD

Aug 23rd and Aug 24th we will again be out front Publix, (Rinehart and Timacuan) in Lake Mary.

Sept 7, 1PM EST Board Meeting

Oct 5th Board Meeting, 1PM EST

Oct 26, 1-4PM Temple Terrace Womans Club Fundraiser, FL

Nov 2nd, Board Meeting 1PM EST

Dec 7th, 1PM EST Board Meeting


Raising Funds For Our Programs is Easy

Check out my listing on @eBay: http://t.co/eJwgjRBFbA via @eBay Patriotic and ships in time for July 4th! Brand new Veteran Rescue Coffee Cups are collectible, durable, and easily holds soups, hot tea or coffee, and more. Each purchase goes to help fund our Veteran Programs. 330 cups on hand. Local pick up has no shipping costs. 100% Tax Deductible.

Amazon Smile Shopping: Click here to support Veteran Rescue through Amazon Smile. A portion of any purchase made on Amazon through Amazon Smile will be donated to Veteran Rescue.

Walk A Dog: http://www.wooftrax.com/ Free ap you can download and help your charity raise funds.        The Walk for a Dog program is a dog-powered fundraising tool for animal shelters and rescues.

Auction Ending July 19th: Bradford Renaissance Portraits plus 5 star hotel/resort vacation stay. We are raising funds for our programs: http://t.co/s81RVzCX5s Please share.

Recurring credit card donation through our Paypal button. Donation Table Events. Dropping off In Kind Donations. Raffles.

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