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I got this a few years back & every time around the Holidays, I try to get this to as many animal lovers as possible.

I have maybe one or 2 pets that are not rescues. But, most are. This idea came when I first got my German Shepherd. I ask on a message board like this (only for german Shepherds) about how I can help

Pets that do not have homes. I did explian that I don't have a lot of money to donate, but really wanted to help out. I really nice woman replied back to me with this & I have been doing some of what is on the list.

This is for your local shelters. The Animal controll Officer thinks it is really great when I bring something slightly use for the pets in our shelter. :aktion033:

I just don't do dogs either. My cat has a TON of his own toys to. My pets all get something from my family for Christmas. So, I donate what is still intake & reusable. :aktion033:

Feel free to cross post if you would like. :) I have permission & so do you. :)

100 Ways to Help

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Trinity of Hope Dog 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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

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 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.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 dogs?

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 dogs?

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.

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:signthankspin: I too do this w/our local rescue group and shelter. I'll take in food, toys, cookies, towels etc...I even take in items to my vet.

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Excellent suggestions. I have a bag that I put outgrown puppy stuff in, toys, and blankets/towels to take to our Humane Society. I really want to start volunteering a few hours a week, too. I could give baths or groom. Since I have bred litters, I feel it's important for me to do something for rescue as well. Thank you for the great reminders of what we can do.

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Great topic, thanks for posting it. I've pinned it so it doesn't get lost. :signthankspin:

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This is really good...I was saddened however at one of our most popular shelters here. Awhile back, there was a "pet expo" at a big hall downtown. We went and about ever other booth gave out free sample food packets. So, I took home about 20-25 packages. I had intended to take them to this shelter....knowing I would not use them, yet they were free samples. So, I did. I took them to this shelter and you won't believe this.....They have a contract with Science Diet to not use any other food but theirs and they get a discount from Science Diet. They wouldn't even take this free food. I was rather disheartened, knowing I was giving free food yet they wouldn't take it. So, I took it to our cats vets office which is also the vet office for the Animal Control Division here. All animals picked up from Animal Control are taken to our vets office. The were ESCTATIC, even though they too sell Science Diet, they were very happy to have the food.

Anyway, there are so many things on that list that I would never have thought of, so thank you.

Also, on the same topic, but for "skins".....my husband travels A LOT....He always takes his own shampoo, etc. But, every hotel/motel leaves free shampoo, soap, lotion, etc. I have asked my husband to put it in his bag EVERY day, so that each day they put out more. He pays for it regardless in the price of a nights sleep, so I have him bring them all home. I then take them to the Ronald McDonald House near our Children's Hospital. They LOVE getting it, because so often people bring a child to the hospital not knowing they may be spending a few days and don't bring these supplies with them. Other places I have taken them are to our hospitals....they also love them because they too have people bringing loved ones in and they end up in intensive care and the family can stay in a room over night. They have one large bathroom where they can shower, etc and these supplies come in very handy. Another item I try to save in these supplies are the little toothpaste, floss and toothbrushes my dentist gives me, but I never use.

Just some other hints at the time of year that can help others in need.

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That is a great list :) for posting it and Cathy those are great suggestions for all those little travel size things, hubby always brings them home and I never know what to do with them all. Now I do :yay:

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Those are great ideas!

Another suggestion for all of those sample sized items......donate them to a homeless shelter, they are always in need of those items.

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