I volunteer at our local shelter on a weekly basis and we give materials often. This is where two of our four-leggers and four two-wingers came from. I follow several local rescues via Facebook and donate to them as well whenever I can. Some places have Amazon wish-lists which are great - you don't necessarily have to buy from Amazon, but you can certainly check out what they organization is requesting specifically.
I am an active member of a local spay/neuter assistance group. We are all volunteers and we absorb expenses so every donation goes directly to our cause. I also support two local shelters with personal donations, and two others by Facebook. God bless everyone who cares enough to help the helpless animals in any way!
Having done rescue for many years I'm glad you are reminding all of us to support animal rescue/welfare through donations. Keep in mind that not all donations are in the form of money. Local groups often need volunteers for fostering, training, transporting, pre-adoption home visits, grooming etc. Keep your money local as much as you can and get to know the groups you support. Ask what they need most. Don't assume because a group is non-profit that they are a good place to donate, it just proves they did the paper work and have a board of directors. Many good, small rescues don't have the money or time to jump through those hoops but do excellent work. In the US look on petfinder.com for local groups and visit them or talk to them and even ask for references if you donate regularly. The good ones will be happy to provide these. Birgit
I take food to the pound I got Mutt, and when i check out at the pet store They always ask for a dollar and I give there. I wish I could give more, but not having the high paying job I use to have has meant a lot of cut backs and I'm afraid the pound is one of them.
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Thanks for reminding everyone. Please everyone consider getting involved, if you have an over-abundance of towels or blankets (no holes) these are always welcome. Laundry detergent and cleaning supplies (unopened) are also usually on the list of needs. Cash is always appreciated. Be careful when buying treats, look for ones made in the USA, many are made in China and other countries that have no guidelines on ingredients. Some dollar stores do carry USA made treats, just check the label. We support our local shelter, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (if you are not familiar with their work you can check them out online, I also love the International ASPCA, which brings home pets that have been cared for by our brave troops in the Middle East.
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On June 12th I am donating to Animal Care Services! I am giving them Meesha's old cage, and three 15lb bags of dog food. If I can afford more I will give more. The Dollar Tree has some dog treats and toys so maybe I can get some stuff there too. Not sure what all my budget allows for yet. I posted on my facebook to see if anyone else wants to help but so far no ones responded :( I am going to tell my coworkers too. Surley someone else wants to help too.
Animal Care Services is where I adopted/rescued meesha from.
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