We Can All Do Something to Save a Life
I spent the weekend trying to do my part for a dog rescue and making myself feel good.
I believe that nothing makes you feel better than service, either to your fellow man or for your fellow four legged friends. It brings a sense of happiness and well being.
I have been raised to value service and do what I can for those in need. I spent a few years of my life working full time so that I could fund the nonprofit organization I started; to take dogs from shelters, train them, and donate them to adults and children in need.
In the wake of hurricane Sandy and all the devastation to the east coast, I thought it was time to get some people on board and help them realize that everyone can do something.
I barely have two nickels to rub together.
Some weeks it is all I can do to get enough money together to buy the gas to go to dog training.
I essentially work for my dogs, their food, veterinary care, and extra-curricular activities, but by no means am I wealthy financially.
I am wealthy because I have my fur kids and my family, everything else finds its way together, eventually.
This summer, while the kids were here and we had extra expenses the electric company came out to shut off our power (we were able to avoid this, thankfully!)
I only share that so that you know I am not some wealthy person sitting in her multi-million dollar house expecting those of you who are living paycheck to paycheck to give your hard earned money or time.
I try and put my money or my rump where my mouth is and donate to make this world a better place.
I don’t have a lot of money, but what I do have is a vehicle, and a home, and a computer and some time and I can give those to people or animals in need.
Now there are a million wonderful human charities out there and I believe in human and child charities just as much as I believe in animal charities, but I am also an animal advocate and have a voice in the animal world, so this article is about finding a good animal charity.
What Can You Do?
You would be surprised!
- Of course you can donate your money, but you can also:
- Adopt from a shelter or rescue… think your favorite breed never makes it to a shelter… you are wrong! All breeds pure and mixed end up in shelters!
- Volunteer to transport an animal for an hour or two to help them get to their forever home.
- You can foster an animal.
- You can give a transported dog a place to stay for a night.
- You can coordinate volunteers using just your time and your computer.
- You can coordinate a dog’s transport using your time and your computer.
- You can do a fundraiser
- You can donate old blankets and dog beds to shelters or rescues
- Even shopping at some sites will donate part of the money to a charity of your choice
- If you have math skills and are good with numbers you can help a charity with their financials.
- We all have “gifts” you can use yours to better the life of a dog in need.
I helped to assist Belgian Malinois Rescue in getting a rescue dog from Alabama to New Jersey.
I picked her up about 30 minutes from where I live, gave her a home and a safe place to stay for the night and then drove her about another hour and a half to the next person picking up a “leg” of driving on her road to her new home.
It cost me about $40 in gas, and I had to do some dog juggling so there were no fights in my house while she stayed over for the night (my female doesn’t really care for other females in my house).
But, I helped to save her life and to get her into the hands of good owners and people who were excited to welcome her into their lives even though she was over a thousand miles away.
And I think the transport coordinator worked even harder than I did, she took all us volunteers gave us each about an hour or two of a drive and figured out what exit and where to meet each other.
Everything ran smoothly there were 8 of us who helped transport her (and her family traveled many hours as well), we were all on time and “Remi” is now living in the lap of luxury with her new family in New Jersey.
Figure out what you can offer and then be determined to follow through.
Not everyone has the money to donate, and not everyone can welcome another animal into their homes.
But there is something that everyone or anyone can do.
Then do your research and find an organization or rescue to donate your funds or the fruits of your labor.
I have had Belgian Malinois for 12 years and I love the breed, however I would be just as happy to drive a mutt.
Do what you can. We live in a world filled with drama and sadness.
I do this not to change the world, I am not naive; I do this so the world will know it cannot change me.
Together we CAN make a difference!
Tell me what you do to make a difference in an animal or in a dog’s life!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.