National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

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animal rescuer1This week is designated National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week. I’m not sure who created the ‘week’, I think the Humane Society, but it’s certainly a worthy cause. Our shelters do amazing work with limited funds, resources and a growing overpopulation of dogs, cats & other pets needing homes.

We adopted our last three dogs through shelters or from a rescue. We visited our local shelter several times during our hunt for a new family member and know first hand the challenges they face.

How can we help – that’s the big question. We see those Sarah McLachlan ads on TV and change the channel so we don’t start crying…but we always feel like we should/could do something more.everyone can do something

Funding is obviously a huge issue for these agencies & groups. Big, nationally renowned shelters like Best Friends or North Shore Animal League or Hope for Paws, a large rescue run by Eldad Hagar here in LA famed for those gut wrenching rescue videos, struggle just as much as the smaller local, breed rescues. So, if you have extra money lying around donate some of it to the shelter or rescue of your choice.

Since most of us don’t have extra money lying around, here’s some other options for helping the shelter but also showing your appreciation for what they do.

From Adopt-a-Pet, a list of things you can do for shelter workers to show your appreciation. I love this list – it’s basic Appreciation 101 – write a thank-you note, send a gift, shake their hand, SAY thank you! Perfect suggestions to show those folks who dedicate so much of their time and energy to the shelter and the pets there just how much you appreciate them.

Here’s a list from the Humane Society. Their options are a bit larger in scale, but my favorite is VOLUNTEER. I know many of us would love to foster if we could, but can’t for whatever reason, but volunteering is extremely helpful and easier to do. SlimDoggy Steve volunteers with a local Labrador Rescue and visits various fosters and takes the dogs out for exercise. This is not only good for the dog, but a relief for the foster family too. It’s dual benefits pay off in a happier and healthier dog able to present a calmer demeanor and therefore more likely to be adopted than the hyper guy locked behind a kennel bouncing off the walls from lack of exercise.

The message here is that we all have a talent or a skill that we can offer, be it in the form of walking shelter dogs or maybe homemade treats or toys for them to play with or even just answering the phone at the shelter so the shelter workers can get a lunch break. We can all do something. This is the week to do it. But don’t limit it to this week – start this week, but do it all year.

Here’s our three rescues – don’t know what we would do without them.



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  1. Great tips. I know our local rescues will always take donations of food and toys. If I see something at a good price I try to pick up extra for the rescue.
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  2. We should do whatever we can to help. Thanks for raising awareness!
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  3. Wish I had known about this one! Just tweeted! I donate and promote as much as I can and my Cody (cat) was adopted!
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  4. Your babies are so beautiful. 🙂 I love that Jones donates to several shelters every month, sending boxes of chews for shelter dogs.
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  5. Thank you for all you do to help pets!
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  6. I really love the message of this post. It is absolutely true that we can all do something and no matter how small it is, it will help!
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  7. Great tips for helping out, sometimes people think “I can’t foster, so therefore I can’t help” but that’s not true. Thanks for the reminder.
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  8. We donate, have adopted many pets over time, and if there was a shelter closer by us Mom would volunteer, but they closed the one near us.
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  9. We salute the people who allow a second chance to many cats and dogs!
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  10. Hi Y’all!

    Great reminder and we can never be reminded enough. Many shelters are over extended, especially those going “no kill”. Tuesday’s Tales offers a great blog hop for available shelter dogs. We try to feature a shelter or rescue dog on a post and join Tuesday’s Tale. It is sponsored by Dogs N Pawz. Join in with a dog a need this coming Tuesday.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  11. Thank you for hopping on this week for TNT Bloghop! I agree..we can all do something. Let’s continue to spread the awareness. Woof.
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  12. What a great post! I love the cartoon and the pictures of your furbabies are beautiful. People do need to do more to help out these animals.
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  13. Great advice! We volunteer with a rescue group, but we are trying to get involved with another one too that is more local =) Becca, Jack, and Maggie are adorable!
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  14. It’s great to be reminded that there is always something we can do, whether big or small. There is so much need out there, and don’t we wish we had endless cash to give and help them all! Our next dog will definitely come from a shelter or a rescue. Our closest shelters are kind of far away, but it never occurred to me that there could perhaps be dogs in foster care that are closer to me and might need help with walking. Great idea!
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