Holiday Donation Drive to Benefit Area Animal Rescue Groups

December 7, 2010 by Tails Magazine in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

This holiday season make a difference in the lives of dogs and cats awaiting their forever homes by donating much needed items to the rescue groups providing them safe harbor. Warm Hearts Happy Paws holiday drive will run from Sat., Dec. 11, 2010 thru Fri., Jan. 7, 2011. Warm Hearts Happy Paws 2010 (WHHP) features 10 donation sites paired with a local animal rescue group. A “wish list” of needed items is featured at each donation location. Visit www.WarmHeartsHappyPaws.com for links to rescue groups and more!

A huge thank you to the pet supply stores and veterinarians serving as 2010 WHHP donation locations, and to JK Moving for providing donation boxes! Donation locations and their partner rescue groups are listed below:

  • Bark! Clarksville TO BENEFIT Best Dawg Rescue
  • Bark! Kentlands TO BENEFIT Lizzy’s Lodge
  • Bark! Olney TO BENEFIT House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary
  • Bark! Rockville TO BENEFIT Lucky Dog Rescue
  • DogTopia White Flint TO BENEFIT Roxie’s Fund
  • Kenhaven Animal Clinic (Rockville) TO BENEFIT Alpha Group Animal Rescue (cat specific)
  • Nebel Street Animal Hospital (Rockville) TO BENEFIT PetConnect Rescue
  • Norbeck Animal Hospital (Rockville) TO BENEFIT Animal Welfare
  • League of Montgomery County (cat specific)
  • Pawlitics (Rockville) TO BENEFIT Montgomery County Humane Society
  • Plow & Hearth (Rockville) TO BENEFIT All Breed Rescue

Shop with your heart this season and purchase an item or donate gently used items to a rescue group that needs your help! WHHP was started in 2010 by Debby Hartten, a real estate agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. (Gaith./N. Potomac Office) who has built her business model on a variety of efforts to benefit animal rescue groups. While WHHP cannot directly accept monetary donations, the public is encouraged to visit the websites of participating rescue groups to donate directly!

Ten other ways to help:

  1. Visit a rescue group’s website to learn how to donate much needed funds to offset care and medical expenses.
  2. Designate groups as recipients of funds through their affiliation with campaigns such as Federal Campaign Campaign, etc.
  3. Adopt a rescue animal
  4. Volunteer to transport or foster a rescue animal
  5. Volunteer to help fundraise
  6. Spread the word to family and friends about helping rescue groups year-round!
  7. Don’t buy a dog from a puppy mill.
  8. If you own a pet, microchip it so that if it gets lost it can find its’ way home!
  9. Become an educated dog owner to enhance your “pawtnership” by taking workshops and training your dog. Visit YourDogsFriend.info for FREE workshops!
  10. Give gently used or new leashes, collars, and harnesses to “Leashes of Love” year-round. (visit www.leashesoflove.com for details).

Animal rescue groups are invisible heroes working tirelessly and facing ever spiraling costs to provide safe harbor and medical care to animals awaiting a forever home. Many animals are transported miles from high kill shelters through volunteers transporting animals over different legs of a trip to get the animals to their rescue facilities. Others take in animals surrendered by pet owners who find themselves in situations where they can no longer care for them, or from the home of an owner who recently passed away. Today’s economy has only exacerbated the number of surrendered pets from owners who are facing foreclosure or simply can no longer afford the costs of pet ownership.

If you currently own a dog or are thinking about adopting, also consider a fabulous array of FREE workshops offered by Your Dog’s Friend. A list of workshops and valuable resources are available by visiting www.YourDogsFriend.info. Your Dog’s Friend is also a non-profit that is in need to financial donations to keep its’ efforts on-going!

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