MARIAN'S DREAM: Philanthrophy for Animal Advocates (Marian Rosenthal Foundation)

Rating: 4.91 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: P.O.Box 150 Trumbull CT 06611 USA

Mission: Developing effective leaders in animal advocacy and assisting them with helping animals.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I've worked to prevent cats and dogs from being needlessly put to death in shelters for more than twenty years. Much progress has been made during that time, largely through the work of Marian's Dream and other foundations that have provided funding for small, grassroots organizations in areas where the greatest number of animals are dying.
Over the years, Marian's Dream has fought well above its weight, saving more lives than many larger organizations and foundations, by providing funding for well-informed public awareness campaigns often overlooked by other funders, like its current Beat the Heat campaign. At the same time, it has undertaken strategic projects to organize and support a new generation of leaders by sponsoring annual retreats for shelter overpopulation activists from more than two dozen states.
As the editor of Animal People commented recently, the founder of Marian's Dream, Esther Mechler has been an animal advocate for forty years and has founded or helped to found nine organizations of national prominence eight of which either still exist or have active descendants. Marian's Dream gets things done because Esther Mechler gets things done.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

attempt to secure funding to hire a full-time development director.

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the honor of knowing and working with Esther Mechler of Marian's Dream over the course of close to 3 decades. Esther is committed to her work and has made significant strides in educating and helping animals across the world. I strongly recommend Esther and am proud to have been able to work with and learn from her. Marian's Dream is an organization that gives so much hope to the plight of animals by focussing on reducing population and educating.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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"Over the past two decades I have interacted with Esther Mechler while working with the ASPCA and while assisting the National Animal Control Association with training workshops. I have also called upon her for assistance since retiring. I found Esther to be very focused and detailed in her work which makes her an excellent resource for me as I researched solutions to various problems my clients presented. She quickly became my "go to" person for spay/neuter information because she is not only reliable, but knowledgeable of the latest research. She is tenacious at finding compatible solutions to various problems, making her a good team player."
Darlene Larson

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Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am very pleased to recommend Esther, President of Marian's Dream, as an invaluable resource in animal welfare. She is intelligent and passionate, and those of us who have heard her speak at conferences, or worked with her directly, always benefit from her knowledge. Esther's dedication to animals and the professionalism she displays have set the bar for everyone in the field. Collaborating with her is always a pleasure!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Esther Mechler (Director at Marian’s Dream) is an extremely competent, well-informed professional who knows the intricacies of government (all levels) , business, and the non-profit sector -- especially in regard to the areas of animal rights, the environment, and economic development issues.

Esther knows how to set and accomplish goals in pursuit of whatever cause in which she might be involved... Any organization or person that enlists her help in addressing issues/causes will not be disappointed...

Jeff Kohut

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2013

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For years I have know about the incredible work of Marians Dream and Esther Mechler's personal Dream to make a difference thru Spay Neuter. It seems that when people get involved in doing something for animals the walk in the RESCUE door. After more brain cells begin to fire...we all eventually come to the real solution SPAY NEUTER.

Since the late 90s Esther has gently pushed us to take on Marians Dream goal - Spay Neuter. We began working in Mexico 10 years ago fixing pets across the northern Baja, California. In 2010 we started SPAY MEXICO and proceeded to reach out across Mexico to link with like minded vets and community groups to teach and support. Thru Esther's introduction we met Dr. Marvin Mackie the famous "King of Spay/Neuter" and the inventor of Quick Spay. It has been an incredible relationship - as Dr. Mackie has made a personal commitment to present Quick Spay to hundreds of Veterinarians across Mexico.

With the support of Marians Dream we have:

- Over 18,000 surgeries across Mexico
- Over 5,000 in Mexicali 2012
- Over 3,000 surgeries in Mexicali Jan thru July 2013
- Spay/Neuter Conference Puebla, Mexico - Presented Quick Spay 400 attendees
- Mega Spay/Neuter 5 day Training Cancun, 2011
- 5 Low cost clinics established 2013
- 10 new veterinarians trained and certified in the last 10 months

We are a work in progress and with the support and guidance of Esther Mechler and Marians Dream we have been able to learn from each other and share solutions for low cost safe spay neuter. Our proven system is well documented and we believe the ripple effect of our program is now ready to take all across Mexico. We are building a map and reaching out to veterinarians and communities that would like to share our dream.

We go into Mexico because the people there have so little to give to help animals but they give anyway.

If you can help Marians Dream you are helping Spay Mexico do something about the poor starving abandoned pets of Mexico. We are in the streets there making a difference.

Thank you!

Craig Neilson
Craig@SpayMexico.org

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If you are a foundation and would like to support the real solution to pet over-population - I strongly recommend you contact Esther Mechler and discuss supporting Marians Dream. She has been solving this problem with the right people for many years. She founded SPAY USA and became the first at a nationwide program to slow down the pets coming into shelters. She is the core person for advice on how to solve pet over-population and knows most of the core people involved. esther@mariansdream.org

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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As a Board Member of Marian's Dream since 2007, I cannot find praise sufficient for this excellent and visionary organization.

At Marian's Dream, we target pet overpopulation at its source -- unwanted litters. Our main focus is reducing the number of surplus cats. To that end, we support grassroots organizations all over the country, awarding start-up grants for clinics, both mobile and fixed site. We host an annual retreat for the leadership of statewide spay programs, providing a collaborative forum where attendees can share knowledge, problems--and solutions.

Since our founding in 1981, we have been on the forefront of the fight against overpopulation. With programs such as Beat the Heat and the Cats Action Network (CAN), we are working to further stem the tide of unwanted litters by promoting approved protocols for early age spay/neuter (before first heat) as well as elevating the status and well-being of kittens and cats.

Nor is our scope limited to the U.S. In recognition that cat overpopulation is a global issue, we go beyond the borders to Mexico and Panama to support model programs there.

I am proud to be a member of the Marian's Dream board as we work toward our shared goal of No More Homeless Cats.

Hope C. Tarr, Ph.D.
Project Director, The Pet Overpopulation STAMP OUT Campaign (1997-2002)







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Definitely

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Marian's Dream is unique in their 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." They were absolutely vital to the start-up of the rural spay/neuter networks that now provide thousands of surgeries across low-income areas of Oklahoma and Arkansas. Marian's Dream is much more than a funder, they are a friend to the often isolated grass roots organizations that strive to help those who are at greatest risk of suffering in chronic poverty. Marian's Dream holds annual retreats to bring program coordinators together for information sharing and more. This organization is a power house on behalf of those who reach out to truly prevent animal suffering.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Last year our group was in its final push to raise the funds to open our low cost spay 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. Thank you to the Board of Marian's Dream. Thank you for all you have done for the Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance and all you do to help non-profits who have this mission. We are now actively ending pet overpopulation in Sumner County, TN. Marian’s Dream- we couldn’t have done it without you.

June McMahon
President, Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance
Gallatin TN

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2011

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Stephen and Rose Tardif, founders of The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc., a not-for-profit 50l©(3) organization, wish to thank and acknowledge Marian’s Dream for their generous help and support during a transitional period, when help was needed - both good advice and monetary aid so we could expand our services by obtaining a larger and more efficient spay/neuter clinic.
It was only with the kind help of, and support of, Ms. Mechler and Marian’s Dream and a matching grant from the ASPCA, that our dream became a reality. We are now in a very good position to accommodate many more cats, and some dogs, who so desperately need our help.

Thank you for what you do to help people like us who would not be able to grow and continue to do our good work without your help.
Sincerely,

Stephen and Rose Tardif
The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc.
Warwick, NY

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Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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