50 Ways to help Lab Rescue
Without Adopting or Fostering a Dog
1. Transport a dog?
2. Donate a dog bed or towels or other *bedding* type items? (Gently used dog equipment is always welcome)
3. Donate MONEY?
4. Donate a food dish or a stainless bucket or a crate?
5. Donate a leash or a collar?
6. Donate some treats or a bag of food?
7. Donate some grooming supplies (shampoos, combs, brushes, etc.)?
8. Make a few phone calls?
9. Mail out applications to people who've requested them?
10. Donate long distance calling cards?
11. Donate the use of a photocopier?
12. Donate a gift certificate to a pet store?
13. Donate flea stuff (Advantage, etc.) or Heartworm pills?
14. Pay the boarding fees to board a dog for a week? Two weeks?
15. Host rescue photos with an information link on your website?
16. Volunteer to do rescue in your area?
17. Talk to all your friends about adopting and fostering rescue dogs?
18. Donate vet services or can you help by donating a spay or neuter each year or some vaccinations?
19. Interview vets to encourage them to offer discounts to rescues?
20. Write a column for your local newspaper or club newsletter on dogs on dogs currently looking for homes or ways to help rescue?
21. Take photos of dogs available for adoption for use by the Club?
22. Maintain web sites listing/showing dogs available?
23. Help organize and run fundraising events?
24. Help maintain the paperwork files associated with each dog or enter the information into a database?
25. Tattoo or Microchip a rescued dog?
26. Pay the cost of taking a dog to obedience class?
27. Be the one to take the dog to its obedience class?
28. Go to the foster home once a week with your children and dogs to help socialize the dog?
29. Pay for the dog to be groomed or take the dog to a *Do It Yourself* Grooming Place?
30. Lend your artistic talents to your club's newsletter, fundraising ideas, t-shirt designs?
31. Donate printer paper, envelopes and stamps to your club?
32. Go to local businesses and solicit donations for a club's fundraising event?
33. Help pet owners be better pet owners by being available to answer training questions?
34. Loan a crate if a dog needs to travel by air?
35. Put together an *Owner's Manual* for those who adopt rescued dogs of your breed?
36. Provide post-adoption follow up or support?
37. Pay for an ad in your local/metropolitan paper to help place rescue dogs?
38. Volunteer to screen calls for that ad?
39. Get some friends together to build/repair pens for a foster home?
40. Microchip your own pups if you are a breeder, and register the chips, so if your dogs ever come into rescue, you can be contacted to take responsibility for your pup?
41. Buy two of those really neat dog-items you "have to have" and donate one to Rescue?
42. Make financial arrangements in your will to cover the cost of caring for your dogs after you are gone - so Rescue won't have to?
43. Make a bequest in your will to your local or national Rescue?
44. Donate your professional services as an accountant or lawyer?
45. Donate other services if you run your own business?
46. Donate the use of a vehicle if you own a car dealership?
47. Donate a grid for a van or other vehicle?
48. Organize a rescued dog picnic or other event to reunite the rescued dogs that have been placed?
49. Donate other types of doggy toys that might be safe for rescued dogs?
50. Remember that rescuing a dog involves the effort and time of many people and make yourself available on an emergency basis to do *whatever* is needed?
Last updated: June 13, 2002