Dog Rescue: How You Can Make A Difference

Dog Rescue: How You Can Make A Difference

by Dawn Lawson

There are many misconceptions about what a Dog Rescue is really all about (or any other animal rescue). What they ARE NOT are dog pounds!

A rescue consist of a group that helps to rescue dogs that have been mistreated or that are homeless. These dogs have usually done nothing wrong other than being homeless or having been unlucky to land with a mistreating owner. Most rescues that Im aware of operate on little funding. Many are at the mercy of other people to volunteer their time, money or both! But, even if you dont have time and money to help a dog rescue, there are things that you can do to help a rescue to be successful and meaningful to those dogs around you.

Running a rescue means there are lot of supplies that are needed. One of the easiest things for individuals to do is to donate not only food but other supplies as well. Each rescue will have particular needs. Dont be quick to assume since one rescue needs one thing, that all of them will need the same items. Locate a local rescue group for dogs and get others that you know involved in donating a few cans or bags of food to the location. If everyone donated just one bag each month, these locations would be able to feed many dogs. Here are few more quick and easy ways of helping your local rescue shelter:

  • Having a local "Dog Drive" in your neighborhood is one great way of raising donations and supplies for rescues. If you dont have the funds to donate each month, help to solicit the help from others or even by contacting local grocery stores and pet stores to see if they can help you.
  • Another way to help the dog rescue is to volunteer your time. Kennels need cleaned, dogs need fed and watered, etc. By volunteering your time you allow the personnel that work there to focus their energy elsewhere!
  • You can also just stop by on regular intervals to just say "HI" to the dogs and spend some time talking and petting them. This is not only beneficial to the dogs, it can also be very beneficial to you!
  • In some cases you can actually become like a Foster parent to the dogs. Some rescues will allow you to keep them in your home until they are adopted. Some rescues can provide you with the funds to help maintain the animals that you take in.

There are other ways you can make a difference in these dogs life. All it takes is stopping by your local rescue and see what they need.

Dawn owns several dogs including two Pomeranians. She has spent years raising and training Pomeranians. You can find tips and training information at her blog Pomeranian Puppy Training

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