Saturday, May 17, 2008

100 Ways to Help a Rescue

People don't realize how small of a contribution they could make, that would make such a huge difference.

Can you...

1.Transport a dog?

2.Donate a dog bed or towels or other *bedding* type items?**

3.Donate MONEY?

4.Donate a Kong? A nylabone? Treats?

5.Donate a crate?

6.Donate an x-pen or baby gates?

7.Donate a food dish or a stainless bucket for a crate?

8.Donate a leash?

9.Donate a collar?

10.Donate some treats or a bag of food?

11.Donate a halti or a gentle leader?

12.Walk a dog?

13.Groom a dog?

14.Donate some grooming supplies (shampoos, combs, brushes, etc.)?

15.Go to the local shelter and see if that dog is the breed the shelter says it is or go with rescue to be a second opinion on the dog?

16.Make a few phone calls?

17.Mail out applications to people who've requested them?

18.Provide local vet clinics with contact information for educational materials on responsible pet ownership?

19.Drive a dog to and from vet appointments?

20.Donate long distance calling cards?

21.Donate the use of your scanner or digital camera?

22.Donate the use of a photocopier?

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

24.Donate a gift certificate to a pet store?

25.Donate a raffle item if your club is holding a fund raiser?

26.Donate flea stuff (Advantage, etc.)?

27.Donate heartworm pills?

28.Donate a canine first aid kit?

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

30.Pay the boarding fees to board a dog for a week? Two weeks?

31.Be a foster partner in care and give the foster gifts or food for the dog?

32.Clip coupons for dog food or treats?

33.Bake some homemade doggie biscuits?

34.Make book purchases through Amazon via a web site that contributes commissions earned to a rescue group?

35.Host rescue photos with an information link on your website.?

36.Donate time to 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.Have a yard sale and donate the money to rescue?

40.Be volunteer to do rescue in your area?

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 a rescue's name and phone # to contact?

42.Talk to all your friends about adopting and fostering rescue dogs?

43.Donate vet services or can you help by donating a spay or neuter each year or some vaccinations?

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 or ways to help rescue?

46.Take photos of dogs available for adoption for use by the rescue?

47.Maintain web sites listing/showing dogs available?

48.Help organize and run fundraising events?

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

50.Tattoo a rescued dog?

51.Microchip a rescued dog?

52.Loan your carpet steam cleaner to someone who has fostered a dog that was sick or marked in the house?

53.Donate a bottle of bleach or other cleaning products?

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 shelter?

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 scoop what those foster dogs poop)

61.Offer to test the foster dog with cats?

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

63.Bring the foster take out so the foster doesn't 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 your club's newsletter, fundraising ideas, t-shirt designs?

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?

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 colour 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?

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.Donate a small percentage of the sale of each pup to rescue if you are a breeder?

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 - so Rescue won't have to?

83.Make a bequest in your will to your local or 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.Do something not listed above to help rescue?

91.Donate a doggy seatbelt?

92.Donate a grid for a van or other vehicle?

93.Organize a rescued dog picnic or other event to reunite the rescued dogs that have been placed?

94.Donate other types of doggy toys that might be safe for rescued dogs?

95.Donate a roll-a-treat or Buster cube?

96.Donate clickers or a video on clicker training?

97.Donate materials for a quarantine area at a foster's home?

98.Donate sheets of linoleum or other flooring materials to put under crates to protect the foster's floor?

99.Donate an engraving tool to make ID tags for each of the rescued dogs?

100.Remember that rescuing a dog involves the effort and time of many people and make yourself available on an emergency basis to do *whatever* is needed?

Friday, May 16, 2008

Event Scheduled!

Thank you Marva!

We are scheduled to be at the Superpetz in Summerville on June 7th and 8th from 11AM until 3PM. Be sure to come visit us!

We will have education materials, pooches, and fun shenanigans!

For more information on volunteering, please email volunteer (minus the space)!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Humane Net - Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program


ASPCA® Mission: Orange™ Launches in Charleston

Community Joins Collaborative Campaign Aimed at Creating A Nation of Humane Communities, One Community at a Time

CHARLESTON, April 22, 2008—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), in partnership with three animal welfare groups in Charleston County, SC., today launched “ASPCA Mission: Orange™” — a collaborative effort to create a “humane community” by curbing the needless euthanasia of adoptable pets.

Read more about Mission: Orange

Monday, May 12, 2008

Thank You! To Our Volunteers and Donors!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank some special people we have come in contact with over the past few months.

Amie and Marva, thank you for helping out at our adoption event on April 26th and 27th! You guys were a tremendous help! April, it was great to meet you and your breed ambassador Flea!

Bill and Anita, the two crates and puppy supplies you donated to our rescue are going to be a huge help to us in the future!

Pam, Judy, Stacia, Bradley, Jeff, Carolyn, Andy, Brian, and Rebecca, a VERY special thanks goes to all of you for your donations towards Jezzy's vet care! She had a very rough patch with a severe hookworm infestation that almost cost her her life. She was hospitalized for a week! But, in that week's time, a vet tech (well the whole vet office really) fell in love with Jez. They finally figured out that it was a hookworm infestation, treated her for it and she's doing SO much better. Hookworms apparently can only be detected in a stool sample when they are "shedding." That's why all her stool checks previously came out negative and no one knew exactly what was wrong with her. Everything is going well for this girl now and we couldn't be happier about the outcome :)

We would also like to thank Nylabone, Triple Crown Products, and Redbarn for graciously supporting our efforts to rescue these dogs by donating special supplies to help increase the enjoyment for the dogs in our program.

These companies support us so support them!

If I missed anyone, please jump out and kick me! Its a Monday morning and I'm pretty sure I got everyone, but you know how Mondays can be :)

Thanks again to everyone helping to make New Hope Pit Bull Rescue a success!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Hello World!

Welcome to our blog!

Here, we hope to provide some educational articles, updates on our dogs, updates on our programs, event updates, and fundraising requests.

Feel free to visit our website. We are in the process of updating our site to a more user-friendly interface so keep checking back!

Also, check out our myspace webpage and tell us what you think :)

If anyone out there ever has any questions, please feel free to direct them to info @ (minus the spaces).

Thanks for reading!