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Hey there! I am currently in the process of looking for a job (as I just graduated from college and am on the hunt) and do not have the proper time to volunteer at an animal shelter. However, I am really wanting to help in some way and was wondering if anyone had some creative ideas. I have already thought of donating money, aluminum cans, toys, collars, food, etc...but are there other ways I can help? Also, I have considered fostering but know nothing about it. I live on a huge farm that will be suitable for some dogs but don't have the money to spend on food, etc. Does the shelter pay for these things while you house their dogs or do they pay you a certian amount each month to buy stuff for these dogs. What exactly do they do? If you could be so kind and help I would sure appreciate it. Thanks in advance and have a GREAT day! : )
100 Ways to Help A Rescue Group (c) 1999-2004, Krys Prichard and Trinity of Hope Dog Rescue many times I hear people say that they don't know what help they can be, since they can't foster dogs. Here's one hundred ways to help your rescue group: Can you... 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 halti 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 dog? 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 fundraiser? 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 Santi-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 visit? 38. Go with rescue person to the vet to help if there is more than one dog? 39. Have a yard sale and donate the money to rescue? 40. Be a volunteer to do rescue in your area? 41. Take advantage of a promotion on the web or store offering a free Michigan 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 steam-cleaner 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 dinner? 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, and 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 euthanized? 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 color 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 vehicle? 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. Donate a doggy seatbelt? 91. Donate a grid for a van or other vehicle? 92. Organize a rescued dog picnic or other event to reunite the rescued dogs that have been placed? 93. Donate other types of doggy toys that might be safe for rescued dogs? 94. Donate a roll-a-treat or Buster cube? 95. Donate clickers or a video on clicker training? 96. Donate materials for a quarantine area at a foster's home? 97. Donate sheets of linoleum or other flooring material to put under crates to protect the foster’s floor? 98. Donate an engraving tool to make Michigan tags for each of the rescued dogs? 99. 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? 100. Do something not listed above to help rescue?
You can definitely donate any number of items that the shelter needs. It is best to go down there and ask what they need specifically, but usually dog food, cat food, blankets, towels, rugs, safe toys, milk bone treats, even grooming tools are greatly appreciated. If you really want to help, shelters always need financial aid, so donating funds is a wonderful gift. As for fostering, usually the best way to foster is through a rescue group, though more and more shelters are adopting fostering programs. The best way to become a foster parent is to find your local rescue group and apply. If you meet their qualifications, they will love your help!! As for volunteering at the shelter, you may be surprised to find you actually DO have the time, even for just walking the dogs a few hours a week, or dolling out the dog food, or cleaning out the cat cages. The shelters are always in need of hard working volunteers for these types of tasks, and college students make great volunteers...don't forget how great this type of community service looks on job applications and such! Good luck with it!
I'd guess each shelter is different when it comes to paying you for fostering. Some might, others might not. Donating is a good way to start, and so is fostering. (as long as you have the time). Before you donate, or buy things for them, call them and ask them what they need. They might have too many blankets but not enough dog toys, etc etc. You dont want to buy them a bunch of stuff they dont need. Tell them you'd like a check list of some things that they need. Theres a shelter near me that I was going to volunteer for. I was reading all the different things you can volunteer to do and one is be a foster parent. One of the rules they had is they have to come do an 'in home evaluation' type thing. Thats where they come to your house, check things out etc etc. I'm also sure if they approved you, there'd be check ups, phone calls, etc (to make sure the animal is doing alright). Call up your local shelter. Tell them you're interested in becoming a foster pet mom, and ask what is needed to begin the process. I'm sure they'll tell you. They might even have a class for you to take to fill you in on all the neccessaries of becoming a foster parent. Good luck and good for you for wanting to help animals.
I used to be the manageress of a rescue centre a while back the best gift you can give is to go once in a while. Once a month would be fine and walk a couple of them or brush them or play with them. Money is great but you sound as though you could ofer what a disabled or retired person who could raise money for them could not. It does not take up a lot of time. An hour or so makes a big difference. I am sure a game of fetch in their field or paddock would be much more needed than a £10 note. Hope this helps. I am glad there are people like you who really want to help.
Some shelters will supply food for the dog, should you choose to foster, but every one runs differently. Why not call the shelters and rescues in your area and ask what you can do to help? Donations are always a great idea too. In addition to the items you already mentioned, we can always use old towels and blankets, paper towels, and other household items.
Fostering is a voluntary activity - if you want to do it, expect to pay for food, supplies and transportation yourself. Organizations who manage foster homes should have mandatory spay/neuter policies, and generally arrange and pay for all vet care. You should only do what you can afford. If you can't afford to feed, house and care for the animals, you shouldn't consider fostering. Shelters need lots of help, from cash donations, to toys, food, cleaning supplies, etc. Many do take aluminum cans. Shelters really need human volunteers, for everything from cleaning to walking dogs. There's always something that you can do, without hardship to yourself. Best of luck to you!
There are so many ways you can volunteer besides time at the shelter! You can put fliers together and mail them out from your home , you can work on websites and/or help make graphics, you can help write newsletters, you can even just be available to help with event planning and many more things.. I used to foster senior dogs. There are alot of different foster orgs though. Mine was specifically for my area's senior dogs and they had a vet we had to use and food they chose. You should look for a foster group event and go to one to talk to them about it if youre interested. But as a foster worker, there is alot of time you need to put in besides just caring for the dog in your home and yard. You have to bring the dogs to the foster events and you have to be available for anyone interested to visit the dog at your house.
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Why not phone round all the animal shelters in your area and ask them what you can do to help