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26 January 2011 Issue

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10 Easy Ways You Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter

By Andrew Kirschner


1. Sign up to be a volunteer dog walker.

2. Attend fundraising events to provide much needed financial support.

3. Start your own fundraiser. I recently held a canned food drive in my housing complex and a tennis round robin to benefit my shelter.

4. Educate people about the importance of spaying and neutering dogs.

5. Donate goods and services for shelter events.

6. Write letters to legislators and sign petitions in support of strengthening animal cruelty laws and mandating animal abuse education in public schools.

7. Join groups and raise awareness about puppy mills, breeders, and pet stores and encourage people to rescue animals from shelters.

8. Remind people that dogs must remain on leashes its the law and it could save lives.

9. Donate food, blankets, toys, detergent, and other items that your shelter needs.

10.Share photos and videos of dogs in the shelter to help find them homes.

Sometimes lending a helping hand doesn't require much effort or time. Sometimes solving a problem is much easier than it appears. I help because I hear the animals crying when I go to sleep at night. I think about them sitting alone in their cages and it breaks my heart. I help because I see the dogs' tails wag uncontrollably when someone rescues them. I help because I know we can solve this problem. I hope you will consider helping too.

If you live in S. Florida, please log onto http://www.tricountyhumane.org/ for more information. If you live outside of S. Florida, please search online for your local animal shelter and consider getting involved. If you're already involved, feel free to share this call to action with your friends.

Thank you.

Andrew Kirschner
Tri County Humane Society Volunteer .


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