June 11th 2006 2:44 pm
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***Re-posted with Jasmine's & Rex's blessings***
A lot of pups out there are wondering, "What can I do to help those pound puppies?" and we want to answer that question for them. So we're putting together an action list to help get the word out and help the doggies and kitties in animal shelters safely find a furever home!
An important first step is to increase awareness about the animals in need - they can never be forgotten.
-- Encourage news media (television news stations, local radios, newspapers, etc.) to feature an "Adoptable Pet of the Day/Week".
-- Write to city offcials (such as the mayor) about increasing support or funding for city-operated shelters.
-- Put a flashy ad in the Pet Classifieds section of the newspaper for your local humane society or shelter.
-- Encourage your shelter or humane society to create a website or make pages for it's pets on petfinder.com to increase awareness and to keep in touch with the community.
-- Find out if your shelter has any flyers that need to be distributed, and pass them out at pet stores or on your work's bulletein board to let people know of the need for adoptive homes and shelter volunteers.
-- Talk to your shelter about organizing a fundraising event. This would not only increase awareness, but the shelter would benefit immensely also! Or, simply participating in an existing fundraising event is just as much help.
For all of you who like to be right where the action is in supporting a good cause, volunteer work is for you. You can see the difference you make everyday!
-- Take care of the basic tasks for the comfort of the poochies and kitties. This can include: cleaning cages or pens, feeding and watering, grooming, exercising, and playing!
-- Offer to put your training skills to work with the older dogs at the shelter -- they often do not catch people's eye easily, but if they are well behaved it makes such a difference!
-- Offer to jazz up the kennels of the dogs that have been there for awhile -- find them a fresh collar or bandana to wear that is a bright color. Make them laminated signs to hang on their kennel door that highlights their best features. Give them an extra special grooming to make them shine, and give their kennel a fresh cleaning from top to bottom.
-- Put your vet skills to work -- even if you work at a practice already, the shelter would be very appreciative if you volunteered your time and skill on your days off to help the homeless pups. And plus, it's good public relations for your "real" vet practice!
-- Volunteer to help with the shelter website. You could take awesome, eye-catching pictures of the animals and come up with good descriptions for their adoption profiles.
-- Talk to your shelter about scheduling a "Meet N' Greet" day at your local pet store or park, where people can meet available animals and learn more about shelter programs. This is a great way to "rein in" possible adopters!
-- Offer to foster an animal or two. This frees up space in the shelters, and gives those animals that have a hard time finding a suitable home a chance to relax.
If you haven't seen our "Shelter Item Wishlist", here it is! Donating items is a great way to immediatly help the shelter.
-Bags of Litter
-Soft Cat treats
-Metal Food Bowls
-Canned or dry cat food (check with shelter to see what kind of food they feed)
-Collars (all sizes, no choke collars please)
-Leashes (all sizes)
-Dog Nail Clippers
-Dog Grooming Clippers
-Hard rubber chew toys (i.e. Kongs)
-Soft dog treats
-Canned or dry dog food (check with shelter to see what kind of food they feed)
-Crates (all sizes)
-Big and small Blankets
-Metal Food Bowls
-Small dog sweaters
-All purpose Cleaner
-Large Latex Gloves
-Plastic Spray bottles
-Trach Tubes (size 3.0 FR to 10.0 FR)
-Chlorahexaderm Scrub & Solution
-Surgical Instruments (Scissors, Scalpel Handles & Forceps)
-Gauze (3x3, 4x4)
-IV Fluids (LRS, 0.9% NaCl, Dextrose)
-Urine Test Strips
-Resuscitation Bags (1L/3L)
-Microhematocrit Ttubes, Sealer & Reader Card
-IV Butterfly Catheters
-Dip Quick Stain
-- Many of the non-medical items can be purchased cheaply or in bulk at stores such as the Dollar Tree, or in clearance sections of pet stores or chain stores such as Target.
-- Donate money. They can put this towards large, long-term projects that will likely have a big impact on the shelter.
-- Use www.goodsearch.com for all your searching needs -- choose your local shelter or humane society if they are listed, or support a national group. Money goes towards whatever cause you choose for every single search you make using this website.
-- Be a spay and neuter advocate to help prevent unwanted litters.
-- Say No to puppy mills -- let everyone (even the media! Especially the media!) know the horrors of these puppy mills. They have an effect on shelters as well.
-- Encourage and support no-kill shelters, as well as open-door shelters.
-- Help your shelter set up a Spay and Neuter campaign -- low-cost procedures done by volunteer vets can greatly reduce the amount of unwanted strays.
So there you have it pups, no reason why you can't find something, even just one thing, on that list that you can participate in. If you think of something else that should be on our handy-dandy Action List, bark about it here or send a p-mail!
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