Many of you have probably seen that animal rescues and shelters use social media for fundraising, to promote events, and share adoptable animals. It is a very effective tool, one of many, at the disposal of animal non-profits trying to survive in a tight economy. Many of us, as individuals, often don’t have the resources to donate money. Some folks cannot adopt or foster due to living arrangements, allergies, or other reasons. Some folks cannot donate time to volunteer in person due to physical challenges. Well, the good news is YOU CAN STILL HELP! If you have Internet access and a little time, you can still help!
Find, like, and follow your favorite rescues on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. Share their adoptable animals on your own profiles, pages, and accounts. Share their fundraisers. Like and share posts from their pages. Liking or “adding favorites” helps, sharing helps more. Also, if your favorite rescue(s) are participating in contest that require voting…..VOTE, and share. Many rescues also have AMAZON WISH LISTS where you can order badly needed items (food, litter, supplies, etc.) from the comfort of your own home, should you have the desire and financial resources to help this way. If you have adopted an animal from your local rescue, and they are on social media, send them updates and photos of your new furry family member! Rescuers LOVE follow-up and happy stories! And finally, comment on their posts, leave encouragement, be kind. Rescue is emotionally taxing business, a few kind words and the occasional “Atta-Boy” can really help boost spirits!
There are also other things you can do that take very little time:
Every day you can log on to http://www.freekibble.com/ and answer two questions (one dog question and one cat question) and just by doing this for FREE, kibble gets donated to feed needy shelter pets.
Every day you can log on to http://www.freekibble.com/litter/ and with one simple CLICK you can donate kitty litter to shelter cats for FREE!
Every day you can log on to http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/home and with one simple CLICK, pet food is donated to needy animals in shelters!
I will update this blog post when I find other sites that help in a similar manner. I will add information about AMAZON SMILE, SHOP FOR A CAUSE, AND WOOFTRAX later today, sadly I’ve run out of time this morning to include everything. CHECK BACK SOON FOR UPDATES!
WE CAN ALL HELP! WE CAN ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
If you walk a lot and have an Internet capable phone, download WOOFTRAX, and earn miles for your rescue! Find and select your rescue to participate. If your rescue is not on their list, contact your rescue and suggest they sign up! Those miles translate to a real money donation to your rescue!
If you walk a lot and have an Internet capable phone, download RESQWALK, and earn miles for your rescue! Find and select your rescue to participate. If your rescue is not on their list, contact your rescue and suggest they sign up! Those miles translate to a real money donation to your rescue!