I volunteer at the local humane society near me. I've started walking dogs (very rigorous standards, need to commit 2 hrs/week for 6 months). I feel like its fun, gets me out moving (handling some of the bigger dogs is NOT an easy task and I work up a sweat), and lets the dogs stretch their legs!!! Everyone wins in the end.
The local shelter here is also starting a program where they are matching up runners with dogs. If you have any participation in your local animal shelter maybe you could get your exercise in while running a pooch! (Personally I need to get to a level of running first before I even consider coordinating with a dog!)
current weight: 194.0
Fitness Minutes: (126,025) Posts: 15,361 1/24/11 11:46 A
I donate money for food or food from time to time.Regards the large quilts get a couple of pair of good strong scissors and cut them up to say baby blanket or even towel size.The pets won't mind the raveled edges.Good luck with it.
current weight: 180.0
Fitness Minutes: (262,577) Posts: 8,711 1/20/11 10:10 P
I didn't even think about blankets and towels to the hospitals, shelters and the humane society. I have often donated food, but I have an entire linen closet full of towels that are unused. Thanks for everyone's great ideas and for everyone's unselfish and loving acts!
current weight: 123.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,680) Posts: 37 1/16/11 3:06 P
Did you know you can donate to your local animal shelter through Petsmart? When you are paying for your purchases, the cashier will ask if you want to donate. Since I am there often (4 kitties at home) and a few feral cats that show up occasionally for a meal, I usually donate. I did not know about the old towels and blankets. I will save mine now and make sure I get them over to the shelter! Thanks for the heads up
Pounds lost: 3.5
Fitness Minutes: (10,172) Posts: 626 1/13/11 10:30 A
I work at the local shelter, so I know how much blankets and towels are needed. Just make sure that everything donated is easily washable. We have people dropping off big quilts, which is great and warm for the dogs, but they don't fit in a regular washer, so the volunteers end up paying to get it cleaned, or we have to throw it out. It's amazing how many towels and blankets we go thru in a week! Especially if we have a sick dog - always want to keep them clean. Thanks to all who remember the homeless animals!!
I make them 15" X 20" for the small cages or bigger. They will fold them if they are too big. Our Humane Society sometimes sends them home with the animal when they are adopted. I look for material that is on sale and when I run out of material I also crochet blankets. "Bubba" a purebred Lab, my profile photo, is a "pound puppy". He is 9 years old and we adopted him 5 years ago. He is my constant, loyal companion and is always waiting at the door when I come home from work.
I make my donations on a regular basis to our local human shelter. I recently went to a place that sells off items or things from truck lots, etc that were not delivered. I found 25 pound bags of quality dog food for $6. I purchased 4 as that was all the cash that I had and called several friends that purchased the remaining amount and we loaded it on a friends truck and delivered it to the shelter. We had 27 bags in all. They were elated when the truck pulled up to unload all the food
Thank you so much for doing that! I'm a member of the Humane Society and I write checks, but it takes people like you to do actual work. I volunteer at the local zoo but can't bear to go to the Humane Society ... I'd adopt them ALL! (Or it would keep me awake at night.)
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Animal shelters are always looking for blankets and food. Keep in mind many don't keep used cages, they simply throw them away so check with your local shelter if it's something you want to donate.
Also! Don't forget your local animal hospitals, especially the emergency and critical care ones, they are *always* looking for warm towels, old heating pads and blankets, especially fleece like ones for their pets. Having worked at an emergency facility I know how often we used our blankets to help our sick babies.
I know I'm an acquired taste - I'm anchovies. And not everybody wants those hairy little things. - Tori Amos
Thank you to a very special lady with a huge heart!! Those furbabies so deserve the comfort. I have been trying to get the nerve up to go to a animal facility to offer to volunteer to help with God's wonderful creatures. I just don't know where to begin. blessings
I thank God for being in control of my life and know I can trust Him. Praise God!
current weight: 166.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,125) Posts: 131 1/8/11 11:47 P
Just made a goal to contribute to a pet cause. Today I took 20 blankets to our local Humane Society. I made them out of left over flannel and fleece fabric and made them for the bottom of the cages for the dogs and cats. There were a lot of people looking for new pets and was so happy to know that some of the animals there were going to be able to go to a good home.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.