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How you can help us

Your life skills, job skills, hobbies, and talents can do so much to help our furry friends that ask for nothing but love and kindness and a safe and warm home forever.

All that it takes is a desire to help a dog that needs to be rescued. It doesn't even have to take a lot of time, even the little things, combined with the efforts of others, can help to change the life of a rescue dog.

Transport

Since our rescues come from all over Ohio and surrounding states, many times it is difficult getting to them so that they can be placed in foster homes. If they happen to be in shelters, a short drive for a volunteer is the difference between life and death.

Applications and Home Visits

Most of this can be done right from your home computer. You just screen and process the applications submitted, in that way we can ensure that we place our fur friends into a great forever home.

Meet and Greet/Fundraisers

Meeting and Greeting are great ways to educate the public to what we are doing to save misplaced dogs. It is fun to watch people meet the dogs who are looking for a new home. Fundraisers, the possibilities are endless. We need ideas, donated items, and also help With set up and take down at various events.

Your Talents and Hobbies

Your talents and hobbies can help us too. Woodworking, sewing, drawing and painting, needlework such as cross stitch or needlepoint, stained glass work, ceramics, and just about any other form of hobby or craftsmanship can be used to make items to sell for raising funds to help provide the medical care and other needs for the rescue dog.

Donations

Short on time? Every donation makes a difference. Puppy Pals Rescue, relies solely on donations for medical care of our rescued dogs. Funds are limited, so every dollar counts.

Fostering

We saved the best for last. There is no greater joy than getting to see first hand the impact we can make in a dog's life. It is a joyful experience to see a dog come into foster care scared and unsure, walk away confident, happy and secure with a new forever home. It doesn't take much; just food, good veterinary care (the rescue group pays this), and plenty of LOVE. It is amazing one person's unwanted "baggage" can become a cherished and forever friend and member of the family.

Here's a few suggestions

  • Donate cotton, flannel, or fleece fabric; thread in various colors; stuffing; sew-in type Velcro; small, cute buttons
  • Help sew - if possible
  • Help bake treats
  • Help out at a festival or holiday bazaar (See Events Page)
  • Clip and send coupons for dog food or treats (Iams & Pedigree)
  • Conduct a home visit or accompany a rescue person on the home visit
  • Volunteer to make a transport to pick up a pup
  • Volunteer to make calls
  • Volunteer to take a pup for a vet appointment
  • Donate a bottle of Carpet Cleaners and other cleaning products
  • Donate packages of Poise Pads for Belly Band Boys
  • Donate a collar
  • Donate a crate
  • Donate a doggy seatbelt
  • Donate a gift certificate to a pet store (Petsmart / Complete Petmart)
  • Donate a gas card
  • Donate a leash / collars
  • Hold a fundraiser and donate proceeds to rescue
  • Donate an x-pen or baby gate
  • Donate flea and tick control medication
  • Donate heartworm pills
  • Donate other services if you run your own business (like printing)
  • Donate other types of doggy toys that might be safe for rescued dogs
  • Donate printer paper, envelopes and stamps.
  • Donate printer cartridges
  • Donate some grooming supplies (shampoos, combs, brushes, etc)
  • Donate some treats or a bag of food
  • Donate vet services
  • Donate Wal Mart, JoAnn or Hancock Fabric Gift cards
  • Donate your professional services as an accountant or lawyer
  • Go to local businesses and solicit donations for a fundraising event
  • 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
  • Go with the rescuer to the vet to help if there is more than one dog
  • Groom a dog
  • Have a yard sale and donate the money to rescue
  • Help by donating a spay, neuter, or some vaccinations
  • Let a member of a rescue group know when you'll be flying and that you'd be willing to be a rescue dog's escort
  • Loan a crate if a dog needs to travel by air
  • Offer to test the foster dog with cats
  • Pay a house-cleaning service to do the spring-cleaning for someone who fosters dogs all the time
  • Pay for the dog to be groomed or take the dog to the groomer
  • Pay for a microchip
  • Pay the cost of taking a dog to obedience class
  • Provide post-adoption follow-up and/or support
  • Talk to all your friends about adopting and fostering rescue dogs
  • Talk with vets to encourage them to offer discounts to rescue dogs
  • Write a column for your local newspaper or club newsletter on dogs currently looking for homes and/or ways to help rescue
  • Donate Yarn for sweaters, coats, or woobies
  • Provide a shoulder to cry on when the rescue person is overwhelmed

We would like to thank you for any support you can give our furry little friends.


NOTE TO ADOPTERS [by Diane Morgan]

Diane writes, "After a couple of bad experiences with adopters (NOT the dog) in rescue lately -- I wrote this. Forgive the irritated tone. If anyone would like to place this on their own rescue page for any breed, you have my permission so long as the content is not altered." dcrocodile at aol.com

Note to adopters: Lassie and Cleo and Rin Tin Tin and Toto don't show up in rescue. We don't get the elegantly coiffed, classically beautiful, completely trained, perfectly behaved dog. We get the leftovers. Dogs that other people have incompetently bred, inadequately socialized, ineffectively "trained," and badly treated. Most Rescue dogs have had it. They've been pushed from one lousy situation to another. They've never had proper veterinary care, kind and consistent training, or sufficient company. They've lived outside, in a crate, or in the basement. They're scared, depressed and anxious. Some are angry. Some are sick. Some have given up. But we are Rescue and we don't give up. We never give up on a dog. We know that a dog is a living being, with a spirit and a heart and feelings. Our dogs are not commodities, things, or garbage. They are part of sacred creation and they deserve as much love and care and respect as the next Westminster champion. So please, please don't come to rescue in the hopes of getting a "bargain," or indeed of "getting" anything. Come to Rescue to give, to love, to save a life -- and to mend your own spirit. For Rescue will reward you in ways you never thought possible. I can promise you this -- a rescue dog will make you a better person.


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