THE TOBY FUND OF WOLF CREEK OREGON, INC. official registry in Oregon may be verified through the Oregon Secretary of State, Corporation Division website--www.filinginoregon.com. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. We are a federal 501 (c) 3 public charity. Send donations by check to THE TOBY FUND, PO BOX 222, Wolf Creek, Oregon 97497.
Toby's Team of volunteers has put on several fundraisers, including a concert featuring a rescued dog who sings and booths at the historic Wolf Creek Inn's annual Oktoberfest.
We also offer local residents an annual animal wellness clinic. Sponsored by The Toby Fund, mobile veterinary clinics visit our small communities, serving many animals that may not otherwise have received veterinary care.
Our part in the rescue of a three-legged wolf hybrid named Captain Jack who watched over his deceased mother Violet's body by the side of Interstate Highway 5, brought us international media coverage. The Associated Press story also mentioned our organization's voucher for neutering Captain Jack two months prior to the rescue.
Recent grant awards by major national foundations have allowed us to expand our service area, thus increasing the number of animals spayed/neutered.
The Toby Fund of Wolf Creek Oregon, Inc. is proud to be a rural, grassroots organization that has received national recognition and international coverage.
In 1998, on a freezing December night, Wolf Creek resident Kathy Oxendine found a tiny black and white kitten running frantically back and forth on the deck of the Wolf Creek General Store. She picked up this frightened kitten, cupping her in her hands vowing that this should never happen again. The Toby Fund, a community association, was officially started in December, 2000. A beautiful Pyrenees named White Bear was the first dog spayed with Toby help. That was January, 2001.
After several years serving the small mountain towns of Wolf Creek and Sunny Valley, The Toby Fund of Wolf Creek Oregon, Inc. was incorporated in January, 2006 and quickly earned 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status in 2007. Our wonderful news journal, THE TOBY TRIBUNE, was first published in September, 2006, chronicling Toby news and offering anecdotal descriptions of the animals we helped.
We began to receive press coverage, including an internationally published Associated Press story about the rescue in Wolf Creek of a three-legged dog. Our services were expanded to include yearly animal wellness clinics, the first ever in Wolf Creek. We wrote seven spay/neuter grants and received all, including implementing those projects in record time. With an expanded service area in rural Southern Oregon, the numbers of animals served increased dramatically. A recent editorial in the ROSEBURG NEWS-REVIEW praised our efforts as community organizers in the small mill town of Glendale, showcasing our effective problem-solving skills.
2012 IS OUR TWELFTH YEAR SERVING AND IMPROVING THE LIVES OF SOUTHERN OREGON RURAL ANIMALS,
EXPANDING THE CIRCLE OF KINDNESS TOWARD THESE PRECIOUS BEINGS.
The Board of Directors is committed to fostering rural Oregon communities of compassion toward animals.
Katherine Oxendine, M.A., Founder/President/Treasurer, has resided in Wolf Creek since 1997. A college and secondary school instructor for forty years, she is the editor of our news journal and works on Toby activities on a daily basis.
G. A. Bradshaw, Ph.D., is an internationally known writer whose special interest is the emotional lives of nonhuman animals. Founder and President of the Kerulos Center which promotes animal protection, she recently appeared on television’s “20/20” advocating for elephant protection. She is a contributor to our news journal. Her most recent book is ELEPHANTS ON THE EDGE.
Ann Southcombe is a nationally known speaker and writer with a forty year career working with animals in zoos and sanctuaries, including the famous gorilla Koko at Stanford University. She has appeared on public broadcasting’s “Nova” and worked with Southern Oregon wildlife at Wildlife Images, a rehabilitation center. THE WILD LIFE, recently published, is an autobiography featuring her life’s work with animals.
Michael Oxendine, B.A., Secretary, has been a newspaper reporter and editor for over ten years as well as a contributing writer for THE TOBY TRIBUNE. He has lived in Wolf Creek, understands and has written about animal issues in Southern Oregon. Now an Arizona resident, he is working on a new career as a free lance writer.
In the past three years, we have received and implemented seven grants from two national foundations. The Summerlee Foundation of Dallas, Texas, awarded us two grants totaling $7,500 resulting in the spaying/neutering of 300 Southern Oregon rural cats.
We have also implemented five grants to alter dogs. All five were from an anonymous foundation and offered substantial help with vouchers. They totaled $60,000. We were able to spay/neuter 701 dogs, all from rural areas in Josephine and Douglas Counties, with these funds. This has prevented thousands of potentially unwanted or uncared for animals from being born. We are in the process of applying for another grant from this wonderful foundation.