Today, Monday, July 23rd I am participating in an event called Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue. We are asking all dog bloggers to participate in a special online global event designed to bring attention to dog rescues. BTC4animals.com is proud to partner with Blog Catalog, Dog Rescue Success and YOU to harness a global online community to help save the lives of dogs in need.
Across this country there are dog? rescues who, with very little funding, and a small dedicated group of volunteers, commit to fostering, training, promoting, vetting and caring for dogs that might otherwise be abandoned, abused or killed. They have a thankless job. One that requires hours and hours of work, and lots of time spent raising funds, so they can manage the difficult of job of saving dogs? lives and finding them loving homes.
If you?ve never worked with or supported a dog rescue before you may not know much about the work they do.
So let me tell you a little more about one particular dog rescue, one I volunteer for and support ? Minnesota Sheltie Rescue (MNSR).
MNSR is a 501(c) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. They are an all-volunteer foster-based rescue organization that houses all of its dogs in foster homes until they find their forever homes. Since their founding in 2003, they have found homes for almost 500 Shelties in need.
MNSR not only works with dogs in their care, but also with other rescues and shelters to help dogs in need. They help individuals who may be thinking about surrendering their dog by providing them with resources and information that may help them work through an issue or problem, or if this is no longer an option, they work with the owner to help their dog make a smooth transition to a foster home and eventually to their new forever home.
Below is a list of just some of the things Minnesota Sheltie Rescue (MNSR) does on a regular basis. As you read through the list, keep in mind that this is an all-volunteer dog rescue organization, operating with limited funds.
What does MNSR do?
- Rescues dogs from a wide variety of places and circumstances ? owner surrender, shelters, puppy mills, etc.
- Makes every dog a top priority by dedicating the time, money and care needed to have the best opportunity to find a forever home.
- Provides medical care for every dog it takes into its care. This includes dental extractions, anti-anxiety meds, heartworm preventative, and Frontline.
- Conducts home visits with every potential foster home and adoptive family.
- Offers shy Sheltie training classes for its foster dogs and foster parents. Classes are led by a positive reinforcement dog trainer.
- Provides support, guidance and assistance to foster parents, adoptive families and strangers who?s Sheltie is missing or lost.
- Shares adoption listings for Shelties in other states, or with other rescues, who are in need of a home
- Provides support and guidance to people looking to rehome their pets but who are not looking to surrender to MNSR.
- Shares resources and tips on everything from working with a shy or fearful dog to dealing with thunderstorm or fireworks phobia to pet food recalls to helping you keep your pet.
- Provides ongoing support to adoptive families as they get to know their dog.
- Shares opportunities to attend training seminars and events for volunteers to learn more about helping dogs.
- Promotes training opportunities available for all Sheltie owners.
You might be thinking that this is a pretty comprehensive list. I agree.
MNSR is a very dedicated dog rescue organization who does a lot to help dogs and their owners. Although I think they are exceptional, I know there are other dog rescues out there doing similar things. That?s why it?s so important to support them whenever you can.
How can you help support dog rescues like MNSR?
- Adopt, don?t shop. Want a particular breed? There are a lot of dog rescues, like MNSR, who specialize in specific breeds.
- Foster a dog. Every dog that makes it to a foster home is one less dog that will be euthanized. Not sure you can give them up? Ask to participate in a foster-to-adopt program for a local dog rescue.
- Donate time, money or supplies. Dog rescues are often operating on a small budget. Any support you can provide will be gratefully accepted. Don?t have a dog rescue in mind? Donate to MNSR.
- Spay and neuter. The truth is that until we end the supply of dogs entering our shelters, we will never stop killing them. Sharing the miracle of birth with your kids might be cool, but chances are one of those puppies will end up in a shelter and be killed because there just isn?t any room for them.
- Encourage your friends and family to adopt.
- Donate your time ? Last week, I wrote a post about how you can help if you can?t foster (?I could never foster a dog or cat??). There are a wide variety of ways you can help a dog rescue.
- Tell others. Post this to Facebook and Twitter: SPREAD THE WORD ? BLOGGERS UNITE FOR DOG RESCUE ? Promote dog adoption on July 23rd! http://bit.ly/pO7dZp #BtC4A
Dog rescues make a difference. Please support them, and the work they do, whenever you can.