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Give of Yourself to Help Animals in Need



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08/01/2009 - By Gayle Irwin

A few months ago, I transported two female Springer Spaniels to their adoptive parents, a couple who wanted to give them a permanent, forever home. As a volunteer with a breed-rescue organization with chapters in the Rocky Mountain area, I have transported dogs to their new homes and have given of my time in other ways as a volunteer. It's a rewarding experience!

Volunteers are vital to rescue and other animal welfare organizations, and there are many ways a person can volunteer. Some of these endeavors take lots of time, others take only a few hours a week. Even if you don't have lots of time to volunteer, you can still be part of helping animals in need.

Here are some ways in which you can help your local animal shelter, Humane Society, or animal rescue organization:

1. Donate time to walk and play with dogs.

2. Donate time to brush and play with cats.

3. Serve as a foster parent, providing a temporary home to injured or orphaned animals, those awaiting a new home, or mothers with very young kittens or puppies.

4. Transport pets going into new homes.

5. Assist with fundraising and other special events.

6. Help landscape and/or clean the facility.

7. Donate products, such as pet food, toys, treats, laundry soap and cat litter.

8. Donate money.

Visit with a representative from the animal welfare group you're interested in helping and see what their needs are that volunteers can provide. Metro Animal Control, the Casper Humane Society, Rainbow Rescue, and other local and regional groups rely on volunteers to help in different ways. You will be amazed at the difference you can make in the lives of homeless pets in just a few hours a week or even a few hours each month as these animals await their loving, forever home! Be part of the positive solution by giving of yourself in some small, or big way!

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Gayle Irwin is the author of the children's book Sage's Big Adventure, an inspirational story about her blind dog. She often visits schools and libraries, showcasing the amazing experience of owning a pet with special needs and teaching about pet ownership responsibility. Her new book, Sage Learns to Share, a children's picture book, is scheduled for publication this year. For more information about her writing and speaking, visit www.sagestory.com. Gayle and her husband Greg are the proud "pet parents" of two adopted dogs, who serve as the characters in her books.

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