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Donít know what to do . . but really want to help?


Rescued animals really need YOU!!
Begin the habit .. do one little thing starting today ..
and continuing every week or month!

 

100 Ways to
Help Rescue work

If everyone did just one thing this month to
support improving the lives of innocent animals,
we could make this a much better world!!

Innocent animals need us!!


1.
The biggest need of rescue is foster homes.  Rescues cherish the help of loving, dog savvy people who can foster dogs from a few days to several weeks or, in some cases, months.  Some dogs need R & R before they'll be able to go to a permanent forever home. Some need to be housetrained.  Others might need a bit longer evaluation period than normal.  The bottom line is:  If you can foster for any time at all, please volunteer!

2. 
Transport a dog for a Ďlegí of itís journey to a safe haven.

3.  Sponsor a dogs needs while it's being rehabilitated

4.  Write your favorite rescue into your will. Create a legacy in your name

5.  Have a yard sale and donate some of the money to rescue

6.  Offer to do a shelter ID for a rescue

7.  Provide local vet clinics with contact information for responsible rescues that have volunteers in your area.

8.  Volunteer to create a brochure for the rescue of your choice

9.  Drive a rescued dog to and from vet appointments

10.  Walk and/or brush out a dog

Equipment requirements -  Responsible rescues keep new dogs totally separated from other dogs for cautionary health quarantines if the dog has come from a shelter, behavioral evaluations, health concerns, or other possible contagious conditions that need treatment time.   Some items that rescues and shelters often need:

11.  Any grooming equipment:  shampoos, combs, brushes, etc.

12.  Crate or wire cage ... or crate pads ...  all appropriately sized to breed specifics

13.  Exercise pens a/k/a 'expens'  ... you can't imagine how helpful these are to rescuers!

14.  Baby gates - do you have one in your basement or garage?

15.  Leashes and/or collars

16.  Halti or gentle leader

17.  Long distance calling cards

18.  Dog beds

19.  Gift certificate to a pet supply store .. either online or in your neighborhood.

20. Flea preventative (Advantage, Frontline, etc.)


Facility Maintenance Needs:  In order to know the dog well enough to properly represent it to potential adoptors, rescues need to keep dogs in residence long enough to do behavior, health and temperament evaluations.  This evaluation time requires much which is always welcome from supporters:

21.  Quality kibble & canned foods

22.  Food  & Watering dishes

23.  Treats for training/behavioral modification

24.   Paper towels by the case (!)

25.  Canine First Aid Kit

26.   White vinegar

27.   Bleach & cleaning products

28.   Washable crate pads plus towels for baths

29.   Dog Walkers

30.  People to come by and give the dogs treats to socialize

Administrative:  There is much clerical work that accompanies the rescue and rehab of animals.  The following are related needs:

31. Scanner or digital camera .. (or just loan it to a rescue)

32. Long distance phone expenses

33. Facsimile machine

24. Printer

26. Photocopier

27. Paper

28. Desk/chair

29. Answering machine

30. Volunteer to file, answer mail, run off adoption applications, etc.



31. Be a Santa-paws foster to give the foster provider a break for a few hours ... or a day or two ....   full-time fostering of needy fluffs can be exhausting.

32. Provide a shoulder to cry on when the rescue person is overwhelmed

33. Bake some homemade doggie biscuits

34. Attend public education days and try to educate people on responsible pet ownership

35. Host rescue photos on your website ... give the info link ..

36. 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. Donate a raffle item if your rescue affiliate is holding a fundraiser

40. Be a volunteer contact in your area (this means learning about responsible rescue policies and procedures.)

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 local rescue's name and phone # to contact

42. Talk to all your dog savvy friends who have the time ...about adopting and fostering rescue dogs

43. Donate vet services or a spay or neuter or some vaccinations now and again

44. Interview vets to encourage them to offer discounts to rescues

45. Write a column for your local newspaper or club newsletter on dogs on dogs currently looking for homes and/or ways to help rescue

46.  Be a spokesperson in your community for rescue .. encourage people to surrender their unwanted dog to a responsible rescue instead of a germ ridden dog pound.

47.  Maintain web links to www.petfinder.com rescue dogs

48.  Volunteer to help organize and run fundraising events (the life of rescue ..)

49. Help maintain the paperwork files associated with each dog or enter the information into a database

50. Sponsor a tattoo for a rescued dog

51. Sponsor a microchip for a rescued dog

52. Loan your carpet steam-cleaner to a rescue foster home.

53.  Speak to children in school about the important and spaying & neutering.  Many do this through 'animal care' special topic classes.

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 dog pound.

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 continually scoop up what those foster dogs poop)

61. Offer to test the foster dog with cats

62. Pay for the foster dog to be groomed or take the dog to a *Do It Yourself* Grooming Place

63. Bring the foster family take out supper so they donít 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 a rescue newsletter, fundraising idea, and t-shirt design

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 - this job is the worst ....

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 ...  All responsible rescues followed up after adoptions.

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. If you are a breeder, donate a small percentage of the sale of each pup to rescue

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.

83. Make a bequest in your will to your local or a 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 screen for a van or other vehicle

92. Organize a rescued dog picnic or other event to reunite the rescued dogs that have been placed and elevate awareness of pet overpopulation

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.
Please make yourself available on an emergency basis to do *whatever* is needed

100. The world is wide open ... Be creative as to what YOU can do to be a part of the solution to pet overpopulation.


Rescued animals really need YOU!!
Begin the habit .. do one little thing starting today ..
and continuing every week or month!

 

 

Bichon Frise
Information Station

serving the worldwide Bichon Frise community
EDUCATIONAL section



HOME

Please Refrain from a Christmas Puppy
Read more .....here

BICHON FRISE
CHECKS

Attn:   Kroger Shoppers

'There is no therapist in the world as effective as an adoring bichon.'
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: All information contained on these pages is offered as a helpful service.  It it not intended as medical counsel or taking the place of professional guidance. Please seek the services of  a competent veterinarian or professional dog trainer at the first indication of problems.

 

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