How can you help Rescue?
You can still help Rescue in so many ways,
even if you can't foster or adopt a rescue dog. (Thanks so much to Kiesha Crawmer, Kismet IGs and Whippets,
for permission to use these terrific ideas!)
- Apply to be a Rescue representative for your
- Pay for an ad in your local/metropolitan
paper giving contact information for Rescue.
- Transport a dog.
- Go to the local shelter and watch out for
- Provide local vet clinics with contact
information and/or educational materials on responsible pet ownership.
- Attend public education days and try to
educate people on responsible pet ownership.
- Conduct a home visit or accompany a Rescue
person on a home visit.
- Go with a Rescue person to the vet to help
if there is more than one dog.
- Write a column for your local newspaper,
club or Rescue newsletter on dogs currently looking for homes, ways to help Rescue, or
responsible dog ownership in general.
- Drive a dog to and from vet appointments.
- Talk to local vets and encourage them to
offer discounts for rescue dogs.
- Maintain websites listing/showing available
- Help organize and run fundraising events.
- Hang a poster at the grocery store, giving
contact information for Rescue.
- Go to a foster home once a week to help
socialize a dog.
- Let Rescue know when/where you'll be flying
and that you'd be willing to be a rescue dog's escort.
- Put together an "Owner's Manual"
for those who adopt rescue dogs of your breed.
- Provide post-adoption follow up or support.
- Offer to test a foster dog with cats.
- If you are a breeder, microchip your own
dogs and register the chips, so if your dogs ever come into Rescue, you can be contacted
to take responsibility.
- Donate a small percentage of the sale of
each dog to Rescue if you are a breeder.
- Have a yard sale and donate the money to
- Make a financial donation (even the smallest
- Donate a dog bed, towels or other bedding
- Donate a sterilized bone,chew toy, or
stuffed squeaky toy.
- Donate a crate.
- Donate a blanket or baby blankets.
- Donate a stainless steel food dish.
- Donate a martingale, or collar and leash.
- Donate grooming supplies, such as shampoos,
brushes, ear cleaner, toothbrushes, or toothpaste.
- Donate some treats or a bag of food.
- Donate long distance calling cards.
- Donate a gift certificate to a pet store
(one that sells supplies only).
- Donate a raffle item if your club is holding
a fund raiser.
- Donate flea control products (Bio-Spot,
Advantage, Frontline, etc.).
- Donate a canine first aid kit.
- Donate a spay or neuter each year (or some
- Donate a bottle of bleach or other cleaning
- Donate or loan a portable xpen to a foster
- Donate printer paper, envelopes and stamps
- Donate sheets of linoleum or other flooring
materials to put under crates to protect the foster home's flooring.
- Donate other types of dog toys that might be
safe for rescues.
- Buy two of those really neat dog items you
"have to have" and donate one to Rescue.
- Donate the use of your scanner or digital
- Donate the use of a photocopier.
- Make book purchases through Amazon, or pet
supply purchases through PetSmart, using the IG Rescue Foundation link.
- Host photos of rescue dogs with an
information link on your website.
- Loan your carpet steam cleaner to someone
who has fostered a dog that was sick or marked in the house.
- Use your video camera to film a rescue dog
- Pay the cost of shipping a dog to its new
- Pay a housecleaning service to do spring
cleaning for someone who fosters dogs.
- Lend your artistic talents to your Rescue's
newsletter, fundraising ideas, or t-shirt designs.
- Go with a Rescue person to the vet if a
foster dog needs to be euthanized due to incurable health conditions and suffering.
- Go to local shelters and meet with shelter
staff about how to identify your breed. Provide photos and breed information showing
different types/color combinations of the breed.
- Go to local businesses and solicit donations
for a Rescue fundraising event.
- Help pet owners be better pet owners by
being available to answer training questions.
- Loan a crate if a dog needs to travel by
- Donate a coupon for a free car wash or gas
or inside cleaning of a vehicle for a foster home.
- Make financial arrangements in your will to
cover the cost of caring for your dogs after you are gone, so Rescue won't have to.
- Make a bequest in your will to your local or
- Donate your professional services as an
accountant or lawyer.
- Donate other services if you run your own
- Loan your cell phone (and cover costs for
any calls) to someone transporting a rescue.
- Donate your used xpen/crate when you get a
- Organize a rescue dog picnic or other event
to reunite the other adopters and volunteers.
- Educate friends/family/coworkers on the
reasons NOT to buy from a pet store. Encourage them to adopt from Rescues or shelters, or
to purchase ONLY from a responsible breeder.
- Join your local kennel club or dog training
club and become involved in community-level activities.
- Volunteer at your local shelter/humane
- Remember that rescuing a dog involves the
effort and time of many people. Make yourself available on an emergency basis to do
whatever is needed.
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