Saturday Pet Blogger Hop- Pay It Forward Edition

This week for the blog hop, our hosts-Two Little Cavaliers, Life with Dogs and Confessions of the Plume– thought it would be great to give every one a chance to share what causes they work to support. There are so many causes I would love to be involved in, mostly because of my pets. Distance makes it hard for me to be involved with some of the rescues I’ve adopted from so I decided to see what I could do locally to make a difference for the pets in my area.

A few years ago I got the book Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America* written by Nathan Winograd. Reading about the programs that needed to be in place to make our nation a No Kill Nation really opened my eyes. At first I talked with friends about opening a No Kill Shelter, but after some thinking I realized there were quite a few shelters and rescues in my area and I didn’t want to do the same thing they were doing.  I realized there wasn’t a lot in my area to help with the Retention portion of the No Kill Equation.  Keeping pets in their original home whether due to loss of income, illness or behavior problems was something I thought I could do to make a difference. Some programs I would like to get into place are a pet food bank, a low/no cost spay & neuter clinic, free/ low cost training classes and behavioral help and fostering for those who are ill or displaced from their homes due to loss of income or an emergency situation. I am hoping to have to funds to register with my state this month and then will work on the paperwork next month.  Hopefully by the end of the year everything will be in place.  I know how easy it is to want to do everything, but I also know how easy it is to get in over your head, so I’m going to start slow with a pet food bank and see about working with human food pantries and Meals on Wheels until there are volunteers and funding to help do more.

I’m glad I’ve been able to make a difference for my pets, now I want to make a difference for other people’s pets.

This post is part of the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop. Please visit some of the other bloggers in the hop to learn what they are passionate about.

5 comments to Saturday Pet Blogger Hop- Pay It Forward Edition

  • Dropping by on the Pet Blogger Hop today. I took read that book and began volunteering with my local shelter, the Etowah Valley Humane Society. We’re hoping to change the euth rate in our county from 65 percent to almost nothing. It’s such a battle. Thanks for sharing! Happy Saturday.

  • Absolutely wonderful cause to highlight today. You’re inspirational!

  • Great post! I too think that too much focus is spent on the shelters and not enough focus on keeping them in their homes. Our local sheller has a program where you can sponsor a pup to stay in their family, for the same cost as to sponsor a pup at the shelter. Another local trainer accepts donations to do training and counseling with families that are ready to give up their pet. She donates 50% and the other half comes from donations. Having somewhere to go for a list of pet friendly rentals is another service that would be very helpful. What a great approach to helping with the shelter crisis! I am excited to see how you get started! I would love to have you over to Kol’s Notes to guest post about it, once you get up and running, if you are interested!

  • dawn

    Wow, Cherie that is awesome that the euth rate has dropped so much. What programs did they put in place to make that much of a difference?

  • dawn

    Love the ideas! Thanks for sharing, they’re going on my list for future programs. I’ll be sure come visit once we’re active. It would be great to help spread the word to show what people can do in their community.

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