November 16th 2009 12:49 pm
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I dug this up from a year and a half ago. It's that time of year again when people are really into the spirit of giving (though I wish the enthusiasm lasted all year long!) so I added some more ideas to the original Action List, and am bringing it up to the top so that more people will have a chance to read it!! Feel free to leave comments or to p-mail me with questions, and let me know how successful your efforts are!
A lot of pups out there are wondering, "What can I do to help shelter animals?" and the answer is... a lot! Your creativity, motivation, and determination can take you very far. But to get you started, 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. If it seems that no one pays attention to the animals in your city, speak up and make it an issue! Or, write a letter to the editor.
-- 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. Become the photographer or webmaster!
-- 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. If the shelter does not have any flyers, be the one to initiate this project!
-- 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. Get a community group that you are already active in to help out with the fundraising. See 109 Fundraising Ideas to get you started.
-- Become the "crazy pet person" among your friends and coworkers. Let them all know that if they are looking for a new pet, adoption is the way to go!
-- Are you a middle/high school or college student? Start a school club! Gather animal-loving folks such as yourself for after school meetings, volunteer opportunities, fundraising manpower, and so much more! P-mail me (Jasmine!!) if you are interested in getting started but don't know how!
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. Your ability to tell a potential adopter all about life with your foster greatly increases its chances of adoption!
-- Start a "Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound" program at your local shelter in conjunction with a YMCA or similar organization.
Here is our general "Shelter Item Wishlist"! Donating items is a great way to immediatly help the shelter. Check with your local shelter to see if they have any specific, immediate needs.
-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)
-Flat Buckle Collars (all sizes)
-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. PetEdge also has some great bulk prices!!
-- 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.
-- Call local hotels or nursing homes and collect unwanted bedding to donate to the shelter. Make life easy on the shelter workers by cutting large comforters in half (or fourths!) and sewing up the free edge. This makes the blanket easier to wash and more manageable when putting in and out of the kennel.
-- If you love to crochet or knit, make some dog and cat blankets! This simple project would also be great for a scouting group.
-- Find out if your shelter has a printable wishlist (if not, see if you can make one that represents their unique needs) and post it in local pet supply stores. You might even be able to help the shelter partner with the stores to have a donation drive!
-- 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.
-- Support your local Trap-Neuter-Release program to help control the feral cat population... many of the ideas on this list can also help a TNR group!
-- 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.
-- Build a humane community by starting with the young folks! See if you can invite a humane educator to give a presentation at your child's scout meeting or at their school or at any other event. Or have a conversation with them yourself. There are also interactive games online and printable worksheets that encourage safe behavior around animals and also promote kindness to animals.
-- Scouting groups can do a lot to benefit animals... if anyone would like some ideas, p-mail me!!
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. Have you thought of something else that should be on our Action List? Join the Pound Puppy Project and let us know, or send me a p-mail! Or both!
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WOW Jasmine, great job! You really opened our eyes to the needs of shelters in the way of donations! We are going to call our shelter for their wish list.
We do know they don't accept food. Any donated food gets set out for anyone to take. (
Thank you so much, Jasmine. Some people don't realizze at how even little things can make life easier, safer, and more comfortable for our homeless pets!
Thanks Jasmine. We are contacting our shelter today to see what we can donate.