I sent this out to all our rescue volunteers today.
I hope it might encourage just a few more people to get involved - feel free to crosspost and of course feel free to seek out your own local rescue group and support them in any way you can.
Hey guys and gals I need your help.
As you all know, the summer is really tough on rescue groups and this summer seemed to be even harder than the last one. Very few applications came in but we're starting to see a small improvement now that were moving toward fall. Despite all of this, we're still facing a shortage of foster homes and we're up against a constantly growing number of dogs in need.
We currently have 41 dogs in the program and 19 of those are being boarded and waiting for foster homes.
Two of our dogs are in need expensive orthopedic surgery and many of them are not only waiting for foster homes but they are also waiting on funds to begin heartworm treatment.
We pulled 3 labs from near Tyler, Tx in early July but haven't been able to pull from our local facilities since late June.
Each day we receive lists and photos from the local, and some not so local, animal control agencies of the Labs that will be euthanized in the next 24 to 72 hours and every day there are wonderful purebred Labs staring back at us with hopeful expectant expressions on their faces. Though it may seem like torture to look at these photos knowing that we can not afford in funds or space to help these dogs, we continue to look at their faces. We look at them - so that someone will bear witness to their passing, so that they will not be forgotten, so that someone might be able to tell their story and spread the word that there are still dogs out their that need saving. We look so that we can be informed and inform others and lastly, but most importantly in some cases, we look to make sure that we don't recognize a dog on the list. I also receive lost dog postings from friends and complete strangers and I do keep these dogs in mind when checking the shelter lists. I also try to remember each and every dog that we pull and keep an eye out for them - just in case. Today's list is especially heartbreaking and I know it will be a difficult weekend to get through, knowing that we were not able to save these precious Labs. The 3 guys below are just a few of the Labs on the list today - this facilty has 4 more great looking labs and there are still 5 other large local facilities.
It's never easy, none of this ever is, but that is not what rescue is all about. It's about stepping forward when someone else wouldn't and becoming one dog's hero. It's about being uncomfortably cramped in your tiny house with 4 dogs, even though you really only have room for 2. It's about being inconvenienced by a dog that is sweet, sweet, sweet to you but isn't ready to accept the company of the rest of your pack. It's about driving miles out of your way on a vacation day that should be spent sleeping late or shopping or having that pedicure you so need and deserve. It's about knowing the alternative for these dogs and doing what no one else is willing to do.
Please look deep into your hearts and see if there is anything else you can do to help these dogs. It doesn't have to be something extraordinary, every little thing can make a difference.
If you can foster - that will of course be a huge and literal life saver but there are other things too. Beyond fostering and becoming one of our volunteers that screen applications and do home visits here are some other ideas.
Can you put up a donation jar at the office?
Can you sponsor a dog or have your office sponsor a dog?
Can you ask everyone in your office to clean their desk drawers and cars of spare change to donate to lab rescue?
Can you speak to your community outreach program - just to tell them about the number of dogs out there needing help - or just to tell them about our program.
Can you donate an item for an upcoming STLRR auction.
Can you go to the kennel and walk dogs or take a dog out for a day or for the weekend?
Can you donate boarding fees or approach someone else that might be in a position to help us?
Can you head up a fundraiser in your community or at your office?
Can you work a booth at a community event and display photos of our dogs and tell people about the program?
Can you put together a nice goodie basket for people or pets that can be raffled off?
Can you print flyers and take them to local places of business and ask for permission to display them?
Can you start an email list and send out photos of adoptable dogs at least once a month to people on your mailing list and ask those people to cross post them as well?
Can you work on our Fundraising and PR committee?
Can you post something on your community bulletin board about our program?
Can you take out an small ad in your local paper or newsletter?
Most of you are already doing these type of things for us - and we appreciate each and every one of you, and everything you do for us! So maybe your gift to rescue could be to simply spread the word just a little further and in the process, maybe will find a few more wonderful people just like you.
Many of you have seen this list before but if the ideas above are out of your realm of possibility maybe one of these ideas will work for you.
100 Ways to help Rescue
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 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 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 ID 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?