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5 Ways To Support Rescue Animals In Your Home Town

GIVEAWAY: a copy of SIT, STAY, LOVE could be yours!


In SIT, STAY, LOVE, a large-scale dog fighting ring covering several Midwestern states is exposed, creating national media attention. The High Grove Animal Shelter steps forward to take in some of the abused dogs, dedicating countless hours to care for and retrain them in an off-site location until they are ready and able to be adopted into loving homes. If this sounds like a real-life event that you heard about on TV, well, you probably have. All too often, illegal dog fighting rings are exposed, and some are larger in scale than others. When this happens, area shelters and caring individuals are instrumental in saving animals' lives with the help and services they provide.

Often, whether it's due to natural disasters, large scale animal abuse cases, hoarding, or similar scenarios, shelters become saturated with newly homeless animals. When this happens, not only is adequate space a concern but available funds are rapidly depleted.

Whether it comes about because of a media story or simply because you want to connect with homeless animals and the people who care for them, there are still many ways to support your local shelters. Here are five inexpensive and fun ways to make a big difference even if you aren't ready to adopt:

🐾 Getting ready to host a party? Make it count!

  • Turn an upcoming birthday party, book club, or other fun gathering into a supply or donation drive. Invite guests to bring on-hand households items for a supply drive, or, in lieu of a gift, to contribute toward a monetary donation toward your local shelter.
  • If you're hesitant to verbalize such a request, this is a great thing to include in a printed or virtual invitation. For virtual invitations, include a link to the shelter you're supporting. For printed invitations, stop by the shelter and pick up a handful of brochures to include. Perhaps you'll create some new life supporters for your chosen shelter.
  • Be sure to include a copy of your shelter's supply wish list. Often people have items like blankets, towels, and cleaning supplies on hand and don't have to outlay either money or time to make a helpful donation. Also, many shelters have Amazon wish lists in addition to a page on their websites.

🐾 Become a shelter volunteer.

  • Most shelters welcome volunteers and allow you to make your own time commitments, as little or as much as you'd like. If you're worried your shelter experience might be more traumatic than you hope to experience, don't be afraid to say this right off the bat. Caring staff will be happy to direct you to lighter cases.
  • And remember, there are many ways to help as a volunteer, from working in gift shops, grooming cats and walking dogs, to tossing balls to dogs in play yards. These experiences will leave you feeling warm and happy and will help make a positive difference.

🐾 Ready to connect with shelter animals but not ready to adopt? Consider a short term or trial foster program. Even if your life is hectic and you aren't in the space to adopt an animal for life, fostering makes a big difference, especially during natural disasters. Committing to a weekend, a few weeks, or even a full summer can make a big difference in animals' lives and help free up space in shelters, giving all shelter animals their best chance at being adopted.

🐾 Share your talents. Whether they're derived from a hobby or a career, shelters can benefit from your talents.

  • If you're crafty, then perhaps crochet, knit, sew (or assemble in whatever way you choose) a bagful of tug and pounce toys for the kenneled dogs and cats who will welcome the fresh new scents and distractions. Many inexpensive and easy-to-make ideas are online.
  • If you're a do-it-yourselfer, you can offer your construction services. From simple cat trees to building maintenance, projects abound in shelters.
  • Smaller shelters can almost always use skilled/professional services like marketing, accounting, and legal services, too.

🐾 Consider showing your appreciation for your local shelter's hardworking staff and volunteers. For folks working in small nonprofits like shelters, hours are often long, and other than the love of their four-legged friends, tight budgets usually don't provide a ton of perks to those on payroll. And think outside the box. There are many ways to help including pampering staff and volunteers with snacks, hand lotions, flowers, scarfs and gloves during cold weather and sunscreen and popsicles in warm weather, or provide staff and volunteers lunch for a day. This boost of happy energy they receive will trickle down to the animals, too.

SIT, STAY, LOVE by Debbie Burns

Rescue Me #2

Stay, Love

It's been love at first bark for Debbie Burns's heartwarming new romance series for dog lovers

When a large group of dogs are rescued from a deadly situation, shelter worker Kelsey Sutton volunteers to care for them. It means she'll be working alongside a sexy, ex-military dog handler who has mysterious dark eyes and an inability to relax…

After eight years of military service, Kurt Crawford is committed to keeping his heart locked away. He only takes off his emotional armor for the four- legged creatures who always have his back. But as Kurt gets to know the compassionate and beautiful shelter worker he's been assigned to work with, he can't help but let down his guard.

Kurt's job is only temporary, and he's never been one to stick around for long. Can he take off his armor and bare himself to Kelsey once and for all, or do his old wounds still run too deep?

Romance Contemporary [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: April 1, 2018, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492650867 / eISBN: 9781492650874]

About Debbie Burns

Debbie Burns

Debbie lives in Saint Louis with her family, two phenomenal rescue dogs, and a somewhat tetchy Maine Coon cat who everyone loves anyway. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, and daydreaming, which of course always leads to new story ideas.

Rescue Me


What could you do to help with animal rescue? Or what have you done? Tell us and be entered to win a copy of SIT, STAY, LOVE




23 comments posted.

Re: 5 Ways To Support Rescue Animals In Your Home Town

I fostered kittens for a time. It was fun and very
(G. Bisbjerg 10:16am April 4, 2018)

Some wonderful ideas. And the book sounds great. Thanks for sharing.
(Nancy Reynolds 11:10am April 4, 2018)

I have a rescue dog who is a wonderful companion. I support
this wonderful cause.
(Sharon Berger 1:38pm April 4, 2018)

i have 2 kitties fm shelter
(Susan Gannon 3:58pm April 4, 2018)

Would love to win/read this.
(Jacqueline Robertson 5:08pm April 4, 2018)

I would probably crochet some toys/blankets for the shelter by
us. Thank you for the chance.
(Patti Pusateri 5:27pm April 4, 2018)

We have adopted rescue animals throughout the years... donate when we can...
(Colleen Conklin 6:32pm April 4, 2018)

i adopted many rescue cats
(Emily Stemp 7:31pm April 4, 2018)

My son's girlfriend works for an animal shelter. I will donate treats and unused pet stuff.
(Susan Clickner 2:21pm April 5, 2018)

volunter at a Animal Shelter
(Emily Stemp 3:44pm April 5, 2018)

I would give food and blankets.
(Marilyn Collins 7:35pm April 6, 2018)

I have taken blankest to the local shelter.
(Joy Isley 4:52pm April 7, 2018)

Our Girl Scout troop donated blankets and dog treats.
(Sharlene Wegner 7:01pm April 7, 2018)

I have dropped off old towels and sheets at our local
(Sandy Haber 7:05pm April 7, 2018)

I used to make dog pillows from my left over quilting scraps for the animal
shelter. I have also rescued / adopted a dog.
(Jackie Wisherd 11:55pm April 7, 2018)

Many years ago my husband and I got a dog from the local shelter. She was great.
(Melanie Rosen 3:09am April 8, 2018)

My grandkids call me kitty grandma,
(Gloria Zimmer 5:18am April 8, 2018)

We have two Shelties and have looked into rescuing another one.
(Margaret Yelton 11:33am April 8, 2018)

This book looks amazing! I would love to adopt a rescue
dog in the future!
(Maria Proctor 12:53pm April 9, 2018)

We adopted a rescue. Tommy is at least 10, deaf from untreated ear infections, he lost one eye & only has maybe 20% vision in the remaining eye. He's such a sweetie and it's been good for Tallulah too.
(Ivy Truitt 3:45pm April 9, 2018)

sounds amazing Thanks for the chance
(Krys Barton 3:57pm April 9, 2018)

I can donate to my local shelter.
(Connie Saunders 4:36pm April 9, 2018)

I contribute to the ASPCA regularly. When I retire, I plan on fostering dogs to help make them more adoptable. So many homeless animals, not enough resources, overwhelming problem.
(Nancy Marcho 4:54pm April 9, 2018)

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