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How You Can Help


Are you interested in helping out, BUT you cannot adopt an animal at this time? PLEASE Consider sending a donation to an animal rescue. We DO NOT Get paid for this work. The rescues survive on donations and state grants. But with the veterinarian expenses and food bills for the animals it can be costly.

Please help out however you can. EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!

These rescues need your help:

The ASPCA Website has different ways you can help out. You can also donate online.

The Second Chance Animal Shelter is in the process of building their rescue center. Follow the link to see how you can help out!

The Sterling Animal Shelter is one of the many rescues that saves dogs in kill shelters. They rescue from Virginia and also are involved in the "SATO" Program, which rescues dogs from Puerto Rico. Any Donations made to them will help with these efforts.

The North East Rottweiler Rescue (NERR) is run by volunteers only. These dogs are all kept in their volunteer Foster homes. They need more homes, but donations are also needed to help with the costs of vet bills, etc.

Pets 911 has a website that is set up to be personalized for your area. Just put in your zip code and they will tell you what you can do to help out in your area.

The Dog Adoption Network (D.A.N.) has setup a page on their website for information on how you can help out.

The TJ O'Connor Pound has a "wish list" set up on their site. They are a city funded pound and rely on public support. Please help out any way you can. If not money, they also need simple things like laundry detergent and old towels.

PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society) is looking for Old Cell Phones, cat and dog food donations, old vehicles and kitty litter!

100 Ways to Help
compiled by
Trinity of Hope Dog Rescue
P.O. Box 273
Richmond, ON K0A 2Z0

1. Transport a dog?
2. Donate a dog bed or towels or other bedding type items?
3. Donate MONEY?
4. Donate a Kong? A nylabone? A hercules?
5. Donate a crate?
6. Donate an x-pen or baby gates?
7. Donate a food dish or a stainless bucket for a crate?
8. Donate a leash?
9. Donate a collar?
10.Donate some treats or a bag of food?
11.Donate a halter or promise collar or a gentle leader?
12.Walk a dog?
13.Groom a dog?
14.Donate some grooming supplies (shampoos, combs, brushes, etc.)?
15.Go to the local shelter and see if that dog is the breed the
shelter says it is or go with rescue to be a second opinion on the
16.Make a few phone calls?
17.Mail out applications to people who've requested them?
18.Provide local vet clinics with contact information for educational
materials on responsible pet ownership?
19.Drive a dog to and from vet appointments?
20.Donate long distance calling cards?
21.Donate the use of your scanner or digital camera?
22.Donate the use of a photocopier?
23.Attend public education days and try to educate people on
responsible pet ownership?
24.Donate a gift certificate to a pet store?
25.Donate a raffle item if your club is holding a fund raiser?
26.Donate flea stuff (Advantage, etc.)?
27.Donate heartworm pills?
28.Donate a canine first aid kit?
29.Provide a shoulder to cry on when the rescue person is overwhelmed?
30.Pay the boarding fees to board a dog for a week? Two weeks?
31.Be a Santa-paws foster to give the foster a break for a few hours
or days?
32.Clip coupons for dog food or treats?
33.Bake some homemade doggie biscuits?
34.Make book purchases through Amazon via a web site that contributes
commissions earned to a rescue group?
35.Host rescue photos with an information link on your website.?
36.Donate time to take good photos of foster dogs for adoption
flyers, etc.?
37.Conduct a home visit or accompany a rescue person on the home
38.Go with rescue person to the vet to help if there is more than one
39.Have a yard sale and donate the money to rescue?
40.Be volunteer to do rescue in your area?
41.Take advantage of a promotion on the web or store offering a free
ID tag and instead of getting it for your own dog, have the tag
inscribed with your Club's name and phone # to contact?
42.Talk to all your friends about adopting and fostering rescue dogs?
43.Donate vet services or can you help by donating a spay or neuter
each year or some vaccinations?
44.Interview vets to encourage them to offer discounts to rescues?
45.Write a column for your local newspaper or club newsletter on dogs
currently looking for homes or ways to help rescue?
46.Take photos of dogs available for adoption for use by the Club?
47.Maintain web sites listing/showing dogs available?
48.Help organize and run fundraising events?
49.Help maintain the paperwork files associated with each dog or
enter the information into a database?
50.Tattoo a rescued dog?
51.Microchip a rescued dog?
52.Loan your carpet steamcleaner to someone who has fostered a dog
that was sick or marked in the house?
53.Donate a bottle of bleach or other cleaning products?
54.Donate or loan a portable dog run to someone who doesn't have a
quarantine area for quarantining a dog that has an unknown
vaccination history and has been in a shelter?
55.Drive the fosters' children to an activity so that the foster can
take the dog to obedience class?
56.Use your video camera to film a rescue dog in action?
57.Pay the cost of taking a dog to obedience class?
58.Be the one to take the dog to its obedience class?
59.Go to the foster home once a week with your children and dogs to
help socialize the dog?
60.Help the foster clean up the yard (yes, we also have to scoop what
those foster dogs poop)
61.Offer to test the foster dog with cats?
62.Pay for the dog to be groomed or take the dog to a *Do It
Yourself* Grooming Place?
63.Bring the foster take out so the foster doesn't have to cook
64.Pay a house-cleaning service to do the spring cleaning for someone
who fosters dogs all the time?
65.Lend your artistic talents to your club's newsletter, fundraising
ideas, t-shirt designs?
66.Donate printer paper, envelopes and stamps to your club?
67.Go with a rescue person to the vet if a foster dog needs to be
68.Go to local shelters and meet with shelter staff about how to
identify your breed or provide photos and breed information showing
the different types of that breed may come in and the different
colour combinations?
69.Go to local businesses and solicit donations for a club's
fundraising event?
70.Offer to try and help owners be better pet owners by holding a
grooming seminar?
71.Help pet owners be better pet owners by being available to answer
training questions?
72.Loan a crate if a dog needs to travel by air?
73.Put together an *Owner's Manual* for those who adopt rescued dogs
of your breed?
74.Provide post-adoption follow up or support?
75.Donate a coupon for a free car wash or gas or inside cleaning of a
76.Pay for an ad in your local/metropolitan paper to help place
rescue dogs?
77.Volunteer to screen calls for that ad?
78.Get some friends together to build/repair pens for a foster home?
79.Microchip your own pups if you are a breeder, and register the
chips, so if your dogs ever come into rescue, you can be contacted to
take responsibility for your pup?
80.Donate a small percentage of the sale of each pup to rescue if you
are a breeder?
81.Buy two of those really neat dog-items you "have to have" and
donate one to Rescue?
82.Make financial arrangements in your will to cover the cost of
caring for your dogs after you are gone - so Rescue won't have to?
83.Make a bequest in your will to your local or national Rescue?
84.Donate your professional services as an accountant or lawyer?
85.Donate other services if you run your own business?
86.Donate the use of a vehicle if you own a car dealership?
87.Loan your cell phone (and cover costs for any calls) to someone
driving a rescued dog?
88.Donate your *used* dog dryer when you get a new one?
89.Let rescue know when you'll be flying and that you'd be willing to
be a rescued dog's escort?
90.Do something not listed above to help rescue?
91.Donate a doggy seatbelt?
92.Donate a grid for a van or other vehicle?
93.Organize a rescued dog picnic or other event to reunite the
rescued dogs that have been placed?
94.Donate other types of doggy toys that might be safe for rescued
95.Donate a roll-a-treat or Buster cube?
96.Donate clickers or a video on clicker training?
97.Donate materials for a quarantine area at a foster's home?
98.Donate sheets of linoleum or other flooring materials to put under
crates to protect the foster's floor?
99.Donate an engraving tool to make ID tags for each of the rescued
100.Remember that rescuing a dog involves the effort and time of many
people and make yourself available on an emergency basis to do
*whatever* is needed?

**gently-used dog equipment is always welcomed.
posted by Gail of atlantic rescue