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You Can Help! – Become an Animal Shelter Volunteer

By Emmy E Bill

So you want to help your local shelter, but aren’t sure how. Do you love animals, wish you could adopt a pet, but aren’t living in the right situation to do so at this time? Even if you aren’t in a place to adopt at this time, you can help so much by becoming an animal shelter volunteer in more ways than one. Read these helpful tips and you will be making a difference in no time!

1) Donate.

If you have tons of spare change in your pockets and wallets that you don’t know what to do with, the best way to spend it would be to donate it. Every penny counts. Money donated to shelters goes towards animals’ medical bills, maintenance of the building, toys and food for the animals and so much more.

2) Volunteer.

Shelters are always looking for volunteers. You will have a number of responsibilities that will allow you to build relationships with the animals, the people you are working with and the community. Volunteers are one of the most important aspects of shelters. They essentially keep the organizations running.

3) Adopt!

It’s understandable if you cannot adopt a pet right now or simply aren’t interested, however, if you are, adopting a pet from your local shelter is the perfect way to support it. You will provide an animal with a better life than it had before, as well as supporting the existence of shelters.

4) Foster.

Fostering pets has become more popular these days. A person who “fosters” an animal keeps it at their home temporarily until someone decides to officially adopt it. Shelters are always looking for foster parents to prevent overcrowding. This is the perfect option for an animal lover who cannot afford to take care of an animal on their own for the long term.

5) Advertise.

Volunteering to help advertise your local animal shelter will definitely help to keep it running. Talk about the shelter with your friends, co-workers and family to see if anyone is looking to adopt or volunteer. The more people you can recruit to help out at the shelter, the better. If you use Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus, you can post information about your local shelter, the adoptable pets available and how others can help support the shelter. Some shelters allow volunteers to write newsletters which are a great way to keep members, supporters, adopters and the public informed about what the shelter does and what it needs.

All of these are exceptional ways to become an animal shelter volunteer. No matter what you choose to do, you are making a difference to more than one animal’s life. You don’t have to be an animal expert to help out at an animal shelter either-most of them will allow people who don’t have experience with animals at all to volunteer. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call your local shelter, or make a trip there in order to start making a difference!

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Feb 06, 2012 | 0 | Rescue Dogs, Stray dogs

10 Great Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog

By Emmy E Bill

Many people are unsure if they want to adopt a shelter dog for a variety of reasons. They may not know where the dog originally came from, what breed they are, what their temperament is or why they were given up in the first place. However, the reasons to adopt a shelter dog far outweigh the reasons not to.

1) You will save a life.

It’s awful to think about, but there are so many homeless animals around today that their chances of being euthanized are high. Also, dogs stuck in cages at shelters are more likely to become depressed.

2) Shelters carry many different breeds.

Some say they are looking for a specific breed of dog, which is why they don’t want to adopt from a shelter. However, chances are that you will find the breed you want if you look hard enough. There is a rescue organization for almost every breed so it’s not difficult to find the kind you want.

3) You will save money.

The initial cost is usually less for shelter pets. Buying from a breeder could cost you more than $1,000, depending on the breed. Also, many older dogs in shelters have already been spayed/neutered and vaccinated as well. It’s not guaranteed that it will be cheaper because unexpected things can happen, but it will save you money at first.

4) Shelter dogs have talent, too!

Purebred dogs aren’t the only ones who can compete in dog shows. Mixed breeds and purebred shelter dogs definitely have the ability to be obedient, learn tricks for show or for fun!

5) Some health issues are less common.

Some purebreds are prone to certain illnesses, such as dysplasia. It is known that these problems may be less likely in mixed-breeds. However, this all depends on the breed and where the dog originally came from.

6) You will have more of a selection.

When you go to the pet store or a breeder, you will most likely be looking at purebred puppies. At the shelter you’re going to see a variety of breeds, ages and personalities. Most shelters even have puppies if that’s what you’re looking for.

7) Training may be easier.

Many shelter dogs are already trained, so you won’t have to go through house training and/or kennel training.

8) You can immediately tell the personality of a dog, for most of them that is.

If the dog is older than 6 months, his personality will be reasonably clear. You will most likely be able to see right away how the dog behaves in general. Keep in mind though that shelters are not always the most natural environments to live in, so a dog might be more active or less active than usual, or possibly a bit confused as to why he is there to begin with. Spend some time getting to know the dogs close up.

9) You don’t have to deal with the puppy stage.

Raising a puppy can be tough and time consuming… if you prefer adult dogs and don’t want to deal with the messes and training that come with puppies, then deciding to adopt a shelter dog might be the best idea for you.

10) You will give a dog a family.

Plain and simple, you’ll be giving a dog not just a home, but a family. Whether you are a single gal or a family of five, when you bring in a shelter dog, you become his family.

If you’re still debating adopting a shelter dog after reading these tips, it might be beneficial to know that most shelters will take a dog back if it doesn’t work out; the goal of a shelter is to find the best home possible for each dog, so they want the right fit too.

We love pets! Probioticsmart.com knows your pet deserves the very best care possible, and we’re here to help. Visit our blog for more information, tips and stories on all things pet health. See you there!

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Jan 19, 2012 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Looking for a Home, Stray dogs

Do the Right Thing – Spay or Neuter Your Pet

By Valerie McCune

One of the most important health decisions you can make is to spay (remove the ovaries and uterus of a female pet) or neuter (remove the testicles of a male pet) your cat or dog. This is a veterinary procedure that requires a short hospital stay and gives your pet lifelong health benefits.

You can check with ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to find a low-cost spay or neuter program in your area that makes the surgery more affordable and accessible for you. The ASPCA also has a list of reasons why you should spay or neuter your pet:

  • If your pet is female she will live a longer and healthier life. Spaying helps prevent breast cancer and uterine infections.
  • Your female pet will no longer go into heat. Female cats can go into heat every 3 weeks during the breeding season. A cat in heat will want to find a mate which causes them to yowl and want to be let outdoors to find the neighborhood Tom cat. This is not fun at 3:00AM every 3 weeks!
  • Neutering your male pet before the age of 6 months will prevent testicular cancer.
  • Your male pet will not go looking for female mates that are in heat. A male pet that has not been neutered will try anything to locate a mate including bolting out an open door and digging under fences.
  • Neutering your male pet will make them a much better behaved pet. Neutered pets are much happier to spend their time with you as opposed to finding a way to locate a mate. A neutered dog is usually less likely to be aggressive.
  • It is much less expensive to spay or neuter your pet then to pay for unwanted litters.
  • It will keep your male pets from getting into fights over females.
  • Spaying and neutering keeps your community from having a large stray population of dogs and cats. Strays can become a real problem by getting into garbage, running into traffic, attacking other animals or people, running in packs and defecating in areas where children play.
  • Spaying and neutering helps to end the suffering of strays and unwanted litters. Every year millions of dogs and cats are euthanized because they come from unwanted litters or have become strays on the streets. This could be prevented if just more people would spay and neuter their pets.

 

Spaying and neutering is not only a great health benefit for your pet but also good for your community. Spay or neuter – do the right thing!

Valerie McCune has owned dog and cats her entire life and enjoys writing about them and sharing pet owner tips.

Visit her website at http://www.petsarena.com where you can find quality pet products and a pet blog with more articles.

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Sep 05, 2011 | 0 | Dog health, Looking after your dog, Stray dogs

Meet Amber from Bali (Dog) Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre (BARC)

The first time Amber went to Bali in 2009 she was shocked by the condition of the Bali street dogs. Amber knew that she was going to be travelling back to Bali so when she got back to her Melbourne home she googled “Bali street dogs”.

It was here where Amber first came across the words “Linda Bullar” and the “Bali Adoptions and Rehabilitation Centre (BARC)” and forever change her life. 

“Linda and BARC came up in my search results bar, so that night at about 2 am in the morning in my hotel room in Sydney I emailed back and forth with this amazing lady.. Linda Buller!

 

The first time I visited BARC in Ubud, I was greeted with licks and kisses from these tiny hairless little creatures that were being rehabilitated by Australian, Ebony Owens, at BARC – Linda’s accomplice, said Amber.

When Amber was asked about her role as a volunteer with BARC she said “basically in Australia I will collect donations, raise awareness, assist volunteers via email – all in consultation with Linda and Ebony. I do lots of different bits and pieces. I do so much running around that it’s hard to give you an exact list”, said Amber.

 “In Bali I gather information for our Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/19687946558/ and our website to update the site with follow-up information on the dogs as people are keen to know how the dogs are coming along. I pick up scabby, bald pups off the streets/rice fields/cemeteries/beaches, etc, and these findings are usually not planned. I have helped with many different hands-on types of animal work over my time with BARC. I could tell you in detail about the obstacles they are faced with in Bali on a day-to-day basis, the diseases, the neglect, the suffering and the fine job they do considering they have no financial support,” said a passionate Amber.

“We do adoption days in the areas of Jaln Petitengit and Seminyak, we make up banners for the refuge and for the stalls we plan to have in Australia.

 We have a great team of supporters in Australia, and the world! Everyone brings something to the table”, said Amber.

Keen to know how people in Australia can help, Amber said that people can help by:

  • sponsoring a dog online
  • doing some fundraising within their community/workplace, etc
  • creating awareness
  • Encouraging friends and/or family who are visiting Bali to take a full suitcase of clothes and bric-a-brac to drop off at BARC’s charity shop in Ubud. Fill up that suitcase space with some new purchases from Bali  to bring home?

BARC survives solely on the kindness of your donations. The crew at BARC rescue, rehabilitate and re-home all the dogs they can. They give nurturing, unconditional love.

“Linda and Ebony do such an amazing job and they do it seven days a week.  From an outsider’s perspective these girls are saints! Each dog has a name, has no time limit for how long it can stay at the refuge and is treated with love and care which is tailored to each dog’s personal medical and personality needs, said Amber.

If you would like to find out more about BARC, visit their website here - www.balidogrefuge.com

Here are just a couple of the dogs that have needed help from BARC:

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Aug 23, 2011 | 0 | Interviews, Stray dogs, Uncategorized

Dogs Have a Hard Life in Bali – Do You Care Too?

By Randa Magdi

Our attention has recently been focussed on Indonesia with the issue of the live export of cattle and I have found this incredibly heart-breaking. But it seems Indonesia is not a great place for most animals. Take the dog for instance..

Late last year my partner and I went to Bali for the first time and while we enjoyed the holiday we felt disturbed to see so many stray dogs wandering the streets and beaches. It gave us comfort to see the dogs with a collar on because this was an indication that the dog was claimed by someone who at least fed it and hopefully took care of it. It was on this  holiday that we took a half day trip to Ubud to visit the dog sanctuary, BARC. This stands for the Bali Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre.. and I vowed to help these dogs in whatever small way I could.

United, we can truly make a difference to the lives of many of these beautiful dogs. While people can voice the opposition to the live cattle trade – you can feel helpless given that we must wait for politicians to make the final decisions to stop this vile trade even though we are stomping up and down for this evil trade to stop. But with the dogs, regular people like you and I can make a difference and our Australian dollar goes a long way in Bali .

It took an artist trying to begin life in a new country to start the Bali Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre (BARC).

Linda Buller is an expatriate Australian artist living in Ubud, Bali . For five years Linda was witnessing the awful situation dogs endure in Bali . During this time she was taking pups back to her humble abode to offer some food and love. Like so many others, Linda wished she could just shut her eyes and blank it all out. “As a painter, how does one paint in peace with so much pain and suffering around them?”, Linda said. “I am rebellious, rude, angry and stubborn, but my heart is full of love for humanity and our animal friends”, said Linda.

“Tiny pups in Bali , and other abused homeless dogs there have no resources and no hope – their tails and heads hang down. They drag their sad bodies from rubbish bin to the gutters scavenging and hiding, cowering at a human presence – living their entire lives in fear, hunger and suspicion. The average life span for a dog in Bali is one to two years” it says on the BARC website.

“Dogs on the street of Bali often suffer from broken legs. They are hit by cars in narrow streets and left to cope with the pain and the struggle to survive. Many dogs have manage – they have no fur and their skin becomes thick and scabby. The pain for them must seem unbearable. Female dogs are often dumped. They are not considered aggressive enough to become guard dogs. Most dogs die a slow and preventable death. Boiling water has been thrown at dogs to keep them away from kitchens“, the harsh truth continues.

Recently it appears  three puppies were thrown into the sea to drown and they all swam back to shore. Then they were thrown out again. A lady stopped after hearing the screaming and saved two of the pups – the third one did not make it back.

“Most dog cringe at the sight of a human. We are the enemy, the abuser… They hide from detection, they live in fear, they have never known love or affection or been given food freely. When BARC get them usually their spirits have been broken. They hope the warm love, medications, warm blankets and a pause from the rigours of a very hostile world will mend each one. Slowly they do trust and respond affectionately to humans, said this kind and caring BARC volunteer”.

Take this dog who was lying blissfully on the beach just the other day keeping away from tourists and minding his own business. A volunteer at BARC just happened to be close by when staff members from the Itan Sari Cafe in Jimbaran threw a large coconut at the dog who started to cry in pain . Please do NOT eat there if you visit Bali and- spread the word? (he had a collar and was vaccinated ). Even the manager, Nyoman Budiartha, and the staff thought if was funny and said they would continue to do this and threatened the people trying to help this poor dog. I tried to email these people but it bounced so I called them from Sydney! It was hard to communicate. I then sent a message care of this booking site.

 

As a member of the BARC Facebook group I saw a post by founder Linda Buller a day or so after hearing about the dog on the beach. Linda spoke of the way many people all through Indonesia keep Western dog breeds in small wire cages – all day and all night with as many as four dogs in one cage unable to even turn around.  In the burning heat these dog’s feet only touch the wire cage floor and they are left with no water. They have never tasted meat nor have they walked on grass! See Linda yourself here and learn more about BARC:

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They need your help. Please follow balidogrefuge on Twitter and visit the the BARC website - together we can really help these poor darling dogs.. Incidentally while BARC was set up dogs they in fact help all animals in need – cats, monkeys .. you name it! Love your work BARC!



Randa

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Jul 22, 2011 | 0 | Stray dogs

For The Love Of Dog – Help Save A Dog’s Life

By Paul Shipley

All over the world, people undoubtedly love their dogs. But, in the recent economic downtown many have found it difficult to give their dog the proper care and attention that they deserve. Financial restrictions have meant an increase in animals not receiving regular veterinary care, due to the costs of treatment, many owners fail to insure their dogs, to cover such bills, and some dogs, unfortunately, do not receive even a basic standard of care on a daily basis, from feeding to grooming and protection from pests such as fleas.

Often this is due to the owner simply not being able to afford to provide a proper standard of care, even though they clearly love their dogs. Those that suddenly realise their predicament try to do the right thing by their pets by giving them up, which has in turn led to an increase in Dog Rescue Homes and Re-Homing Centres being overwhelmed by the numbers of dogs that need help.

The work that these centres and homes are doing is expensive, and now, highly pressurised due to the numbers of dogs that require help. Often, the dogs that come in require medical help for conditions brought on by poor diet, parasites, or simply need neutering. This costs the home dearly and they often need support, or help with fund-raising, as without them a great number of otherwise healthy dogs may end up being put to sleep unnecessarily.

How Can You Help Save A Dog?

Re-Homing – These rescue centres also need good, responsible, financially stable homes for their dogs to be re-homed in, so that they can live fulfilled lives in a loving, comfortable environment, but before you rush out and adopt a new dog, think very carefully about what that commitment entails, emotionally and financially and the impact it will have on your day-to-day life.

Raise Awareness / Funds – Of course, adopting a dog may not be a possibility for many people, but you can help out your local re-homing and rescue centres by making donations, or helping with fund-raising, or simply by raising awareness of your local organisations.

With today’s social media, Facebook, twitter and other such sites why not follow or add them to your lists, re-tweet their messages to your followers and friends, to help promote their work and possibly even aid to re-home a dog. If you have a website or a blog you could always add links or articles about your local home.

Volunteer - Contact the home to see if they need any help. Many survive with the work of volunteers who assist with the daily care of the dogs.

Dogs are our best friends, lets treat them as such.

Even if you do not own a dog or wish to own a dog you can still help to make a dog’s life a happier one.

Why not visit our website where you can sign up to receive our Newsletter with more information and advice as well as view our Gifts For Dog Lovers.

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All over the world, people undoubtedly love their dogs. But, in the recent economic downtown many have found it difficult to give their dog the proper care and attention that they deserve. Financial restrictions have meant an increase in animals not receiving regular veterinary care, due to the costs of treatment, many owners fail to insure their dogs, to cover such bills, and some dogs, unfortunately, do not receive even a basic standard of care on a daily basis, from feeding to grooming and protection from pests such as fleas.

Often this is due to the owner simply not being able to afford to provide a proper standard of care, even though they clearly love their dogs. Those that suddenly realise their predicament try to do the right thing by their pets by giving them up, which has in turn led to an increase in Dog Rescue Homes and Re-Homing Centres being overwhelmed by the numbers of dogs that need help.

The work that these centres and homes are doing is expensive, and now, highly pressurised due to the numbers of dogs that require help. Often, the dogs that come in require medical help for conditions brought on by poor diet, parasites, or simply need neutering. This costs the home dearly and they often need support, or help with fund-raising, as without them a great number of otherwise healthy dogs may end up being put to sleep unnecessarily.

How Can You Help Save A Dog?

Re-Homing – These rescue centres also need good, responsible, financially stable homes for their dogs to be re-homed in, so that they can live fulfilled lives in a loving, comfortable environment, but before you rush out and adopt a new dog, think very carefully about what that commitment entails, emotionally and financially and the impact it will have on your day-to-day life.

Raise Awareness / Funds – Of course, adopting a dog may not be a possibility for many people, but you can help out your local re-homing and rescue centres by making donations, or helping with fund-raising, or simply by raising awareness of your local organisations.

With today’s social media, Facebook, twitter and other such sites why not follow or add them to your lists, re-tweet their messages to your followers and friends, to help promote their work and possibly even aid to re-home a dog. If you have a website or a blog you could always add links or articles about your local home.

Volunteer - Contact the home to see if they need any help. Many survive with the work of volunteers who assist with the daily care of the dogs.

Dogs are our best friends, lets treat them as such.

Even if you do not own a dog or wish to own a dog you can still help to make a dog’s life a happier one.

Why not visit our website where you can sign up to receive our Newsletter with more information and advice as well as view our Gifts For Dog Lovers.

Randa

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Jul 12, 2011 | 0 | Stray dogs, Tips

Love animals? Will you take part in the BARC 10 times challenge?

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We’d like to invite you to take part in a quick challenge to help a really good cause.

OK, this is the deal.. and we hope you take part..

Right here and right now, you have to do at least one of the following 10 things to help the Bali (dog) Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre.. That means if you are at work, or at home with your family or flat mates or even sitting in the library you have to complete at least ONE of these 10 things here and now for this great cause:

1. drop down to the floor and do 10 push-ups now

2. hold your breath for 10 minutes (be careful with this one)

3. imagine you are an excited dog and bark out loud 10 times

4. if there’s a loved one nearby, shower them with 10 kisses

5. if you’re at home and have a dog, get up right now and take them for at least a 10 minute walk

6. run around the nearest block 10 times

7. pretend to sneeze and do it 10 times in a row

8. write down a list of goals you’d like to achieve in 2011 (maybe one is helping more charities?)

9. ask at least 10 people around you to chip in $1 each so you reach $10 and donate it

10.donate at least $10 yourself to help BARC raise $5,000 to buy the land they so desperately need to create a sanctuary for dogs that are unable to be adopted out. These dogs may be old, unwell and/or “damaged” so cannot be adopted out.

The donating part is really easy and can be done by direct credit or via Paypal. Click here to donate. If you are prompted to provide a reference, use the word “land”.

Now, finally – you must send this link off to 10 people to complete your challenge including one overseas friend so we can make this a global effort. Or simply “hit” share so that all of your friends can see..

Please do consider supporting this wonderful cause and help the lives of dogs that don’t have it anywhere near as easy in Bali as the do in many other parts of the world… you’ll be doing a wonderful thing!

In all seriousness though, the truth is that all we need is 500 people to donate just $10 and the sanctuary can be a reality. Please make this viral and help make this dream happen.

Now, give yourself 10 good pats on the back for being a kind person and doing a good thing to help these dogs.

You can see Amber with a happy rescued puppy here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOBPUYeAHrM or to see some of the gorgeous dogs that are waiting to be adopted out in Bali click here.

If you have any inquiries, please contact Amber (amber.balidogs@gmail.com) or Tara (tarabalidogs@gmail.com) at BARC (including media inquiries)

The crew at BARC thank you!

http://www.freewebs.com/balidogs/

Randa

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Mar 21, 2011 | 0 | Stray dogs

Amazing Cause – Bali (Dog) Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre

By Randa Magdi

On a recent holiday to Bali we saw first hand the plight of their street dogs. You will see for example, two dogs in the photo below. They were shattered by the heat and looked hungry and dirty. They were just two of MANY starving stray dogs we saw wandering the streets in search of food. I don’t think they even knew what love was.. This inspired us to drive into the hills to visit a dog sanctuary in Ubud to find out what we could do to help.

Street Dogs In Bali

I have been so impressed with the Bali (Dog) Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre that on returning home I organised a small fundraiser at which we raised around $1,000

The Bali (Dog) Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre is a non-profit organisation that houses 120 rescued dogs and puppies. They aim to relieve suffering, starvation, abuse and neglect of the street dogs in Bali. They endeavor to provide medical care, food, rehabilitation, bedding and love to all dogs and puppies. In doing so they wish to educate people on how to care and respect animals and aim to provide adoption services to suitable homes. WThey also sterilize, vaccinate and find homes. All dogs in the shelter are rabies free.

If you’re on Facebook, please lend your support and join this cause by clicking here.

We also have filled out the on-line form to sponsor a shelter dog, Nina, who was there during our visit. There are so many dogs that can use your help at just $10 a fortnight – http://www.freewebs.com/balidogs/sponsorarefugedog.htm

Randa

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Jan 11, 2011 | 1 | Rescue Dogs, Stray dogs

The Stray Dog Issue – WSPA

The very sad reality of stray dogs..

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The plight of strays is one of the most visible animal welfare issues in the world today. Of the estimated 500 million dogs in the world, approximately 75% are strays. In many countries the majority of stray animals have been abandoned by their owners or are owned but allowed to roam freely. The unsupervised dogs then breed, resulting in unwanted puppies.

WSPA works to provide education about responsible pet ownership: dog identification, vaccination and neutering means fewer animals will end up on the street. Our vision is that all countries will use effective and cruelty free methods of stray population management that address the roots of the problem.

Randa

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Aug 17, 2010 | 0 | Stray dogs

Animal Shelters and How You Can Help

By Natasha Bently

Animal shelters are facing serious budget problems as the economy continues to falter. Contributions are down at most shelters across the country and your local animal shelter is probably one of them. Most animals are basically defenseless and require human intervention for their well being. If you have any concern for animals there are things that you can do to support the welfare of animals in your local community. Remember how we treat our animals and pets says a lot about us as a society.

One of the most important ways in which you can support your local animal shelter might surprise you. If you have pets take care are of them. Don’t create more problems for the animal shelter in your own community. Have your pet spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted and uncared for pets from roaming the streets or countryside where you live. If you are not part of the problem then you are already helping and have become part of the solution. Be responsible not only with your pets but in every area of your life. Personal responsibility is sorely lacking in todays culture and by taking care of animals that your are responsible for you are doing your part to alleviate the animal cruelty that exists in the country today.

Many animal shelters would appreciate some free help. In fact many animal shelters rely on volunteer help as they are unable to hire individuals for many of the duties that must be performed at the animal shelter. Donating just a few hours of your time a week can lessen the burden on the regular staff and give the animals under their care some much needed tender loving care. It will be a rewarding experience for you as well as the animals give you their love and attention.

Financial help is almost always needed as animal shelters are usually under funded to start with and are one of the first program to suffer when cutbacks are made. If you would like to help your local shelter financially but down have the cash to help out by using a little creativity you can usually come up with a way to support the shelter. Consider holding a bake or garage sale and let people know that all proceeds will go directly to the local shelter. Many people who otherwise would not participate in something are more then willing to help out when it is for a good cause. Use your imagination and you can probably come up with dozens of ways to help out financially.

Animal shelters are one of the last lines of defense for abused and neglected animals. By doing your part to support this worthy cause you will helping those that share the planet with us but can’t speak for themselves and you will feel better about yourself knowing you are doing your part to make the world a better place.

Unique ways to help your local animal shelter can be found at Animals Are Love. If you are an animal lover offering both your time and financial help can make a big difference in an animals life.

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Jul 18, 2009 | 0 | Stray dogs