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Animal Shelter Tips Offers Ideas for Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups to Help Homeless Pets

Website shares tips for animal shelters on finding more volunteers, increasing adoptions of homeless pets, fundraising ideas, involving kids, building effective websites, and more.

Santa Fe, N.M. (PRWEB) October 2, 2008 -- Millions of healthy, adoptable, but homeless pets are euthanized each year in the United States. The foreclosure crisis and the wave of natural disasters have added to this crisis.

photo of catThose dedicated to improving the plight of homeless and abused pets are often overworked with barely enough time to provide care. Brainstorming about fundraising, making their websites more effective, or finding grant opportunities become a low priority. However, these activities are needed to advance the mission of animal shelters and rescue groups. This new website, Animal Shelter Tips, is intended to provide a series of short and to the point ideas as well as links to other websites which animal shelter professionals and volunteers can quickly review and apply to their own efforts for homeless pets.

Anyone working or volunteering on behalf of homeless and abused pets can access the ideas in Animal Shelter Tips.

A sample of topics includes:

Ways to Involve Kids with Animal Shelters - Rather than guess what kids respond to, ask them. Copy the marketing approach of companies and use focus groups with kids as participants. Specific questions to ask kids' focus groups are listed. Establish a kids' "board of directors." Add kids' activities to your website.

Animal Shelter Fundraising Ideas - Sponsor classes or workshops at the shelter for a fee, kids' parties for the animals, seasonal events, finding fundraising ideas online, ways to market fundraising events.

Finding and Keeping Volunteers - How to partner with local colleges for digital photography volunteers, graphic arts help, and marketing ideas; specific wording to use on "help wanted" signs; suggestions for places to advertise for volunteers.

Find Grants for Animal Shelters - Links to nine different grant makers on the web plus suggestions for writing grant requests for animal shelters.

Build a More Effective Website - Use interactivity including contests and comment capability; make wish lists; offer items for sale; use videos and slideshows. How to set up web page titles to help a shelter or rescue group be found by community users or volunteers.

Find More Homes for Adoptable Pets - Ideas for partnering with local media, community events, and links to online resources and tips.

About Animal Shelter Tips

Website author Cathy Grace was inspired to launch Animal Shelter Tips by the homeless pets she's adopted. Her work background is in marketing and publishing, but her passion is her animals. She's welcomed into her home cats from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society and no-kill shelter Operation Kindness in Carrollton, Texas, as well as a kitten appearing at her doorstep in Evergreen, Colorado.


Kids Can Help Homeless Pets This Holiday Season for Big Rewards and Little Cost

"Twenty Ways Kids Can Share the Holidays with Homeless Pets" offers ideas for parents and animal shelters to involve kids in helping animals. Kids can enjoy their best gift ever this holiday season even with the uncertain economy by helping homeless and needy pets. This article from the Animal Shelter Tips website outlines low cost ways to include homeless pets in kids' holiday activities.

Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRWEB) November 13, 2008 -- Kids can share their holiday spirit with the increasing number of homeless pets in animal shelters throughout the US whose donations have dwindled drastically. The economic downturn with home foreclosures and job losses has placed pets in peril. Owners are giving them up since they can no longer afford to care for them. Parents and animal shelters can use this time of economic downturn to help kids include homeless and needy pets on their gift list. What child wouldn't enjoy the satisfaction of providing food for needy pets or helping to sponsor a pet in need?

two cats in loveA few examples from "Twenty Ways Kids Can Share the Holidays with Homeless Pets" include:

--- Help Kids Set Up Pet Food Banks.

Work with schools, churches, or local youth groups to set up a pet food bank to feed hungry pets in the community. Work with local programs in the area such as Meals on Wheels or other services for homebound citizens to deliver food to their pets. Include the kids on these deliveries. Or partner with a local food bank already established for needy citizens to contribute pet food for pet owners.

--- Encourage Kids to Have Home Holiday Parties on Behalf of Shelter Pets.

Kids can have home parties with friends bringing gift from the shelter wish list. Take the kids and gifts to the shelter as part of the party so they can see how their gifts will be used.

--- Include Kids on Outreach Programs for the Elderly and Infirm.

Include kids in activities or programs in which animals are taken to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or homebound citizens' homes to provide companionship and therapy. Take a treat for the pets, the kids, and those you're visiting for a very special holiday celebration.

--- Set Up a Drive to Gather Items for the Local Animal Shelter's Wish List.

Often the wish list will include items such as trash bags, paper towels, detergent, paper, kitty litter, cat and dog beds, etc. Kids can set goals or compete with each other to bring the most items from the list to school, church, kids' after school groups, etc.

--- Kids Can Coordinate a Book Sale.

Ask for donations of kids' books, cookbooks, art books, landscape books, and any books that would be good holiday presents. Ask local bookstores or big box discount stores to donate what they can. A book sale could be done at a library, school, church, etc.

--- Kids Can Sponsor a Pet at the Local Animal Shelter.

Partner with local schools. Use an approach similar to what's used for giving to needy families, perhaps a Christmas tree with photos of pets hanging from the branches. Attach a note to each photo using clever copy to describe each pet. "I'm Sam. I thought I had my forever home, but that fell through. While I wait for my new humans, I'd really love to have my favorite food every day."

Take the sponsorship idea one step further and make it a contest between classes, such as which class can bring the most food, donate the most money, etc. Have a celebration when the gifts are presented to the shelter. Bring some homeless pets to the classroom or take the kids to the shelters.

Additional ideas for helping homeless pets are available at the website, including ideas for fundraising, finding grants, being an animal advocate and more.

About Animal Shelter Tips

Website author Cathy Grace was inspired to launch Animal Shelter Tips by the homeless pets she's adopted. Her work background is in marketing and publishing, but her passion is her animals. She's welcomed into her home cats from the Santa Fe New Mexico Animal Shelter and Humane Society, the no-kill shelter Operation Kindness in Carrollton, Texas, as well as a kitten appearing at her doorstep in Evergreen, Colorado.


Family Holiday Traditions of Feeding Homeless Pets Can Mean the Gift of Life

two cats in loveThe joy of giving to pets who are suffering in our economic crisis can be the most rewarding and memorable holiday tradition of the season. The article, Twelve Family Holiday Traditions That Help Homeless Pets from the website Animal Shelter Tips, outlines easy and low cost ways to share the joy of the season and even the gift of life with homeless pets.

Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) December 8, 2008 -- Homeless and needy pets are facing a bleak future in our economic turmoil. Donations to animal shelters are down, and many financially strapped pet owners are surrendering their pets to shelters that are already full.

When asked what they most like or remember about past holidays, adults and kids usually respond with fond memories of traditions or family activities rather than gifts they received. What could be more memorable and meaningful than giving the gift of life to homeless and needy pets? The love and companionship of pets represent the true meaning of the season. Families can start holiday traditions to help these pets.

The website Animal Shelter Tips has posted the article "Twelve Family Holiday Traditions That Help Homeless Pets" to help parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and kids find ideas for family activities, including:

--- Consider dividing the amount spent on kids between traditional gifts and donations to the local animal shelter to help homeless pets.

For example, print a photo of a homeless dog from the local shelter on photo sized paper and place that photo in a card or wrapped gift. Include a note with wording such as "Bobby, your Aunt Jenny sent a donation in your name that will feed me for three months. I'm an eight year old sweetheart of a black Lab still waiting for my forever home. This helps me so much. Thank you! Zack."

--- Sponsor a kids' Christmas party at home on behalf of the local animal shelter's pets.

Each child can bring pet food from the shelter's wish list. Match the kids' contribution of food pound per pound. Ask friends to do the same with their kids and make it a competition between families, neighborhoods, etc.

--- Aunts and uncles, as well as grandparents, often struggle with gift ideas and activities for kids in the family. Start a tradition of helping homeless and needy pets with younger family members.

For example, an aunt can take her niece shopping for pet food for the local shelter. Take the shelter's wish list on the shopping trip as well as a photo of a shelter dog or cat. Go together to deliver the food. Call ahead and ask to walk a shelter dog or help socialize a shelter cat. This activity, together with lunch, a movie, or a visit to see Santa, will create memories for both aunt and niece as well as teach the youngster how much our homeless friends need help.

--- Does your family draw names for holiday gifts? Ask for volunteers (probably adults) to withdraw their own names and substitute pets' names from your local animal shelter. Include a photo of the pet, its name, age, and a food preference on a card.

The person who draws a pet's name can buy pet food. Make sure the kids in the family understand that family members gave up gifts for themselves so homeless pets can be fed. Take the kids along when the items are delivered to the shelter.

More ideas are listed at Twelve Family Holiday Traditions That Help Homeless Pets.

Holiday ideas just for kids are listed at Twenty Ways Kids Can Share the Holidays with Homeless Pets.

Combining holiday traditions with helping homeless and needy pets could be one of the best reminders that it's better to give than receive.

About Animal Shelter Tips

Website author Cathy Grace was inspired to launch Animal Shelter Tips by the homeless pets she's adopted. Her work background is in marketing and publishing, but her passion is her animals. She's welcomed into her home cats from the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Animal Shelter and Humane Society, the no-kill shelter Operation Kindness in Carrollton, Texas, as well as a kitten appearing at her doorstep in Evergreen, Colorado.

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Kids Can Help Homeless Pets for a Sweet Valentine's Day

two cats in loveHelp kids make homeless pets their special Valentines. Kids can have fun learning new skills while raising money for pets waiting for forever homes.

Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRWEB) January 28, 2009 -- More and more pets are being surrendered to animal shelters since their owners can no longer afford them. The website Animal Shelter Tips has posted the article Kids Can Learn and Help Homeless Pets for a Sweet Valentine's Day. Families can help their kids learn to love and respect these animals who need support just to live another day.

Ideas are listed for kids to combine learning and raising money for animal shelters. Valentine's Day can be both memorable and fun as kids realize they can make a difference to the sweetest Valentines -- homeless pets waiting for a family to love.

Animal shelters, churches, schools, after school youth groups or parents can sponsor and coordinate these events. Some of these fundraising events include:

-- Organize a candy making class for young girls and teenagers

Make a variety of candies, including heart shaped chocolates. Several Moms can share the duties. For example, Mom with a large kitchen can host the class; the gourmet cook Mom can conduct the class; the "organizer" can coordinate the class, purchase the ingredients, etc. Parents can help the kids sell their goodies at a Valentine candy sale and / or charge to attend the class. Of course, present some of the candy to Dad for Valentine's Day.

-- Conduct an art class for kids to make Valentines

An art teacher, a professional artist, or a Mom with an artistic flair could do this. The responsibilities can be divided among the artist, a Mom with a large enough space to handle a class, an organizer to purchase the materials, etc. Kids could make several cards and sell these along with the candy sale mentioned above. Or, ask a local art gallery to showcase these cards and sell them for the kids. Kids could pay a fee to attend the art class.

-- Conduct a dance class for kids

These classes could be just for young girls, couples, or Dad and daughter. Professional dancers or dance teachers aren't required to teach these classes. Often high school cheerleaders are good dancers and could be recruited to be instructors. Money can be raised in a variety of ways. Kids could pay for the classes. Plan a dance contest to follow up the class. Each couple could find sponsors who would donate money for their entry fee; contestants could buy tickets to participate; or the activity organizer could find sponsors to donate money to the local shelter in the names of the dance contest winners. In addition, conduct a Valentine's sale at the dance event to sell candy, cards, or artwork created to benefit pets. Or, contestants could buy raffle tickets with local businesses donating items for the shelter's wish list.

-- Conduct a pet photography class

Since so many kids own their own digital cameras, this class could be useful for future use as well as a means of helping homeless pets. Find a large enough place to bring animals, maybe an outdoor location, and a photographer who's good at pet photography. Ask the photographer to donate his time. This is excellent public relations and wouldn't take much time. To raise money, students could pay a fee to attend the class. Find a way for others to vote on the photos, such as posting the photos online at the animal shelter's website or local newspaper's website. Find donors such as camera shops, photographers, galleries, etc., to pay $1 for each vote with the proceeds going to the shelter.

More ideas just for kids are listed at Kids Can Learn and Help Homeless Pets for a Sweet Valentine's Day.

Teaching kids to celebrate Valentine's Day by helping homeless pets could be one of the sweetest days they have all year. And in these tough economic times, it can be so rewarding for them to participate in a cause which means life for these sweet pets.

More Valentine's Day fundraising events for animal shelters may be found at Celebrate Valentine's Day by Increasing Pet Adoptions and Fundraising .

About Animal Shelter Tips

Website author Cathy Grace was inspired to launch Animal Shelter Tips by the homeless pets she's adopted. Her work background is in marketing and publishing, but her passion is her animals. She's welcomed into her home cats from the Santa Fe, New Mexico Animal Shelter and Humane Society, the no-kill shelter Operation Kindness in Carrollton, Texas, as well as a kitten appearing at her doorstep in Evergreen, Colorado.

 

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