Marian’s father worked at a company that housed a division for testing pet food. Their taste testers included unaltered cats. One of the older taste testers produced a litter of kittens, two of which were all black and extremely endearing. Those two kitties were also very lucky: they came home to live with Marian and her family. Tipsy and Topsy, as Marian named them, lived long and healthy lives, dying at ripe old ages in their late teens.
Marian passed away at the age of 25, shortly after the demise of her cats. Marian had a wonderful sense of humor and a real joy in life. She shared that enthusiasm with her family and her companion animals.
In Marian’s honor, her family established this foundation. It is our Dream, and Marian’s Dream, that all life is respected and lived to the fullest.
Our board is, in a word, great. These are people who are not afraid to change the world. All of them have done so much to advance the welfare and well-being of animals. Marian’s Dream is proud to have them as part of our organization!
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We create and support programs to end pet overpopulation by preventing unwanted litters.
Since 1981, with the support of people like you, we have led initiatives to improve the health and well-being of companion animals.
We have always believed in leading the way to change. We know that change is made on the ground, with the hard work of grass-roots organizations and volunteers. For everyone who has adopted a stray cat, who has volunteered at a spay/neuter clinic or who has donated money: THANK YOU.
Beat the Heat: There are simply too many cats and dogs who need homes and not enough homes. Every spring we see notices from rescue and spay/neuter groups about “kitten season.” With one simple change — FIXING BEFORE FIVE MONTHS — we can come close to eliminating all of the unplanned and unwanted litters.
The Cats CAN: The Cats Action Network is a new program dedicated to raising the status of cats and promoting their welfare. As the economy has worsened over the past decade, the stress has been especially hard on cats. Those cats with homes, who previously obtained regular veterinary care, no longer receive the veterinary attention necessary to keep them healthy. If a cat goes into the shelter system, odds are she or he will never come out.
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How are we different?
- Working on systemic/social change
- Helping grassroots programs with promise
Marian’s Dream uses the following four step process to locate talent and innovation and help programs become successful and sustainable.
- Determine needs– What service for animals is missing? What is holding up progress?
- Develop Solutions– Who has a dream that is sound, that delivers a solid answer to the need? Does it need tweaking? Some guidance? Some leadership development? A prototype?
- Direct Resources– How can Marian’s Dream support this effort and bring additional resources to help the program grow and become successful?
- Deliver Sustainability – Where is the best place for this program to be sustained and supported on into the future?
What They’re Saying About Us
Marian’s Dream is unique in its willingness to help organizations meet the needs of their individual communities. They support innovative, effective new programs that develop spay/neuter services in underserved areas. Theire motto is, “Work smarter not harder.”
Ruth Steinberger, Founder, Spay First
Last year our group was in its final push to raise the funds to open our low-cost spay and neuter clinic. Marian’s Dream knew of our previous work and our mission to reduce the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats by making high-quality, high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter services available to all residents of our community. We were so grateful and honored to receive a matching grant from Marian’s Dream that made it possible to open our clinic in a timely manner. Those funds were then matched a few times over. It was just the perfect situation needed to get our clinic up and operating.
June McMahon, President, Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance, Gallatin TN
Marian’s Dream has been a DREAM for this organization. As a grassroots non-profit for animals, chartered in the state of Louisiana, the surplus of unwanted animals is overwhelming to animal control, rescue groups, and individuals. With an estimated 350,000 free-roaming feral cats, SpayMart launched a public awareness campaign entitled “Neuter Scooter” to promote humane methods of controlling their numbers and making sterilization possible. Marian’s Dream defined the meaning of feral and spay neuter to this organization, and I can say brought us to our pinnacle.
Lynn Chiche, Founder and Director, SpayMart