April is national volunteer month. Tiny Loving Canines says think out of the dogshouse! There are many ways people can help rescue pets beyond the traditional means:
1) Sponsor a dog – pick a dog up for adoption and make it your mission to help find them a home.
2) Belong to an organization? Pick a rescue or shelter, then ask to make a presentation to your organization’s next meeting about the need to adopt a shelter dog.
3) Houses of faith are on the list too. Ask your minister, pastor or rabbi to hold a day of blessing for the animals. Ask for a special monthly collection, then donate it to your favorite shelter or rescue.
4) Out shopping? Your favorite rescue or shelter can ALWAYS use paper towels, laundry detergent, copy paper, etc. Through an extra in your shopping basket and help to save a dog’s life.
5) Become an animal advocate. Know which of your elected officials are for animals and No-Kill. Cast your vote for those you know will champion the cause and help save animal lives. If your elected official does not, voice your intent to vote compassionate and not party line.
6) Recycle! Most rescues are part of at least one recycling program to generate funds. Find out what your favorite rescue is part of and then start recycling to save a life for them!
7) Everyone has a talent that can save a life. Give a list of your talents and skills to your favorite rescue or shelter – you just never know what is needed by them and you might be able in turn, to save an animal’s life – it takes a community of many different talents and resources just to save one animal’s life!
8) Have an idea for fundraising? Rescues are ALWAYS behind the eight ball financially, trying to pay for vaccines, cover vet bills, bailout dogs from shelters’ kill lists, etc. Get a program up and running to generate more funds (even a dollar helps – put a few together and it covers the cost of a much needed vaccine).
Tiny Loving Canine, TLC is a dog rescue that focuses on small dogs under 15 pounds. They primarily work off of the kill lists at seven local shelters, going after the ‘left behinds’ and ‘do overs,’ believing those dogs (and puppies) need an animal advocate, dedicated to saving their life! TLC is a foster-based nonprofit rescue. So visit www.tinylovingcanines.org and volunteer today!
TLC is located in the Simi Valley Towne Center Mall, 1555 Simi Town Center Drive, 805-327-SAVE.