{Take Action Tuesday} Your Community

Last week’s post was more, how do I put this, controversial than I anticipated it would be.  I really can’t imagine anyone will find fault in today’s topic though!  I read through countless articles and petitions over the past week trying to decide what I wanted this week’s post to be about, but after Sunday afternoon, I knew what I wanted to focus on: reaching out to your community.  It’s all about how you can get involved in your community.

Spunky Harley is the Queen of the kennel and she knows it!

Spunky Harley is the Queen of the kennel and she knows it!

It is incredibly easy for one person to make a difference.  My “Take Action” challenge this week is to find one simple way to do something for homeless or needy animals in your community.  Perhaps the simplest way would be to donate money.  I highly, highly recommend looking for a local rescue.  If you don’t know of one, try googling “(name of your city) dog rescue”.  Have a favorite breed?  Search for “(favorite breed) rescue”.  You want to make sure that it is a 501(c)3 because that means they are non-profit, and operate off of donations, with no money going to fund political ventures like lobbying.  Take a few minutes and look over their site.  Often times they will even have a “wish list” of some sort with items that they are in need of.  Who knows, they might just be desperate for blankets and you happen to have quite a few extras that are crowding your hall closet.  You could clean out your closet, make a needed donation, and not even spend a penny!

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Daddy is quite possibly one of the most eager-to-please dogs I have ever met!

Speaking of blankets, did you know that most Animal Controls are operated on extremely limited funds?  Some only have enough money in the budget for the salaries of officers, utilities, and euthanasia.  You know what’s missing from that list?  Food, toys, veterinary care, and even blankets for cold winter nights.  No, not all are that bad, but some are and they might just be in your back yard (this was true for me, and let me tell you, it was quite a shock when I learned it.)  Try googling “(name of your city) animal control”.  Look for the budget, it’s public record, and you might just be surprised at what you find.  They will appreciate your old blankets.  Or maybe you plan to get your dog a new bed for Christmas?  Give them your old one!  Notice a sale on dog food at your grocery store?  Pick up a bag or two.

Elliot is truly the complete package: smart, handsome, eager to please!

Elliot is truly the complete package: smart, handsome, eager to please!

Another great way to help at Animal Control’s is to volunteer your time, just to do something as simple as walk the dogs.  Did you know that often times the only way the dogs get out of their kennel is if volunteers come and let them out?  It’s a sad reality, but most of the time these places have employees that are overworked.  Simply walking the dogs is sometimes a luxury that they don’t have time to for.  And it’s the dogs that really suffer in these situations.  Imagine the pent up energy and stress that many dogs could be relieved of simply by getting them out into the fresh air and a little exercise.  While you are walking them, maybe practice a few basic commands like “sit”.  Knowing a few tricks, not to mention being calmer and less stressed, is PROVEN to make dogs SIGNIFICANTLY more adoptable!

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Joffy is something else. SO athletic and smart. If I could take one home, it would’ve been this stud.

Planning to stay home for the holidays?  Been considering the idea of fostering but just not sure if you’re ready for that commitment?  Reach out to the local rescue that you just found and offer to temporary foster for them.  What does that mean?  Often times foster families travel for the holidays and the rescue needs a family to take the dog from anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks while the normal foster is traveling.  The beauty of this is that while fostering is temporary in the sense that the dog will only be with you until it is adopted, there really is no way to know exactly how long that will take.  By “temp” fostering, you will actually know exactly how long you will have the dog!  Plus, it’s is a great way to see if you are actually up for fostering or not.  If you don’t enjoy it, it’s just a few days out of your life, but who knows?  It might inspire you to become a regular foster and save countless lives!

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Little Mr. Radar is 100% goofiness!

       Heard of a friend, coworker, or member of your church that might be down on their luck?  Maybe it’s your cousin’s-hairdresser’s-mailman’s-sister.  Instead of just gossiping over the water cooler, figure out how to get in touch with this person and offer to help.  It might take nothing more than a couple of bags of dog food, some flea preventative, and help finding a veterinary clinic to keep a family intact and a dog out of a shelter.  Can’t afford to buy these things yourself but still want to help this person?  Reach out to that rescue that you found and see if they would be willing to help you help that person.  Seriously.  It is SO much easier to help a family that already loves their dog keep it safely in their home rather than hope to find that dog a new home after the family has turned the dog over to a shelter where it can suffer emotional trauma.

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Atlas is mellow and easy to please. Just needs a little love and he’s happy!

None of those sounding up your alley?  What about contacting that rescue and asking for a printable version of their foster brochure to pass out at work or leave on the counter at your local coffee shop?  Maybe they have printable flyers you could hang at your favorite pet store.  What about asking for a magnet to put on your cars thus rendering yourself a mobile advertisement?

Joffy

I dare you to look into Joffy’s eyes and not fall in love.

Still nothing jumping out at you?  How about the all-time easiest way ever to help out: hit the share button!  If you live in the northern part of Florida, you could share this post which is full of adoptable dogs.  Share a picture from the Facebook page of the local rescue you found.  But please, keep try to keep it local.  Everyone wants to share that picture of a terribly sad dog located on the opposite side of the United States, but think about it, if you are seeing it, how many other people have already seen it as well?  This is called “going viral”.  Sure, it’s fantastic for that dog but lots of times by the time you have seen that picture, the dog has already been adopted!  I’m not saying never to do it, just keep in mind that there are so many dogs in need that never make it to the lime light because their story just doesn’t have the drama to “go viral”.  This certainly doesn’t make them any less deserving though, does it?  Remember, sharing is caring (not to mention quick, easy, and free!)  Take action!

If any of these gorgeous dogs caught your eye, please email me at morganrivera518(at)gmail(dot)com.  They would like nothing more than a home of their very own for the holidays! 

There’s always room for Hope.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mom’s of the 2, 3, and 4 legged variety.  Today I am especially thankful for one particular mom, and she isn’t even mine.  She’s the newest foster mom to Last Hope Rescue and she came just in the nick of time.

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On Monday, Last Hope Rescue was contacted about the pretty girl pictured above.  A Good Samaritan found her on the outskirts of town and, already owning 5 rescues of her own, knew she wouldn’t be able to keep her.  She also knew the dog, a pit bull who had obvious medical problems, wouldn’t last more than a day or two in a shelter already bursting at the seams.  Despite that she also recognized an incredibly sweet dog, desperate for love and affection, wanting so badly to please, that deserved a chance to have a family of her own.

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The Good Samaritan took her to the vet where they learned she suffers from a prolapsed rectum and is high heartworm positive.  A grim prognosis.  Last Hope Rescue didn’t want to see this girl go to a shelter either and put out a plea for a foster.  Thankfully, her new foster mom stepped up right before the Good Samaritan had to take her to the shelter.  Plans were made and the dog was named: Hope.

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The Good Samaritan and Hope.

Yesterday I got to go pick Hope up and take her to her new foster home–after I spent some time playing with her first.  She is sweet as sweet can be and wants desperately to please you.  If I wasn’t afraid Rich would call off the wedding, I would probably have taken her home with me right then and there.  Hope got along great with all 5 of the Good Samaritan’s dogs and I envisioned her and Maggie, both higher energy than my two old dogs, becoming instant friends.

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Hope, full of kisses and cuddles.

The foster family was absolutely delightful and very excited to be getting her.  The mom couldn’t stop saying, “Look at that face!  She is sooo cute!”  Yea, there’s no way around that, she is a doll.  For quite possibly the first time in her life Hope got her very own toys and was smothered with love and affection.

IMG_2887Even though Hope is safe and sound in a foster home, she still has a long way to go.  She is high heartworm positive; the treatment will be long and hard on her (not to mention expensive.)  Hope also suffers from a prolapsed rectum which is quite painful and will require immediate surgery.  Her spirits are high but she will need all the positive thoughts and prayers she can get.

IMG_2903If you would like to donate to the fund for Hope’s treatment, please go here.  We aren’t able to take in and save dogs like Hope without the support of generous souls.  Even $5 would be greatly appreciated!

(almost) Wordless Wednesday

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“What do you mean you haven’t left a question yet? Hungry dogs are counting on you!”

Tomorrow is the last day to leave your legal suggestion in the comments!  For each comment I receive, I will donate 1 lb. of food to Last Hope Rescue, who has saved Maggie and so many others!