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Will you be donating to an animal shelter this Christmas?

post #1 of 28
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I always make a donation this time each year to a few shelters in my local area. I know they can always use the help. I sure wish I was rich and could do so much more.
post #2 of 28
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Originally Posted by lisalee
I sure wish I was rich and could do so much more.
I say that all the time as well.

Yes i always give money to the shelters at this time of year as well (although I do also donate throughout the year).

I always ask for a membership to my local shelter for christmas each year from my DH and then I donate on top of that - every little bit helps
post #3 of 28
Lisa & Sash, this is a great question!
I, too, wanted to donate the "$1 mil dollars" from living in a lime green and bright orange house for a year that Ashley asked me about when I was in the spotlight the week before last....and I told her I would donate it for more no-kill shelters and veterinary care. But in the meantime, I orderd an entire crate of food that Sasha does not like. He just won't touch it and it's good, expensive food. Eric's grandmother in southern Oregon just sold her 126 acre ranch with 45 ferals living there.... so guess where that crate is going? She hasn't moved out quite yet and she's been feeding them all for years, but is not taking any of them with her to her new condo. So...... the new owners know about the kitties but have much more of a passive attitude, so after she's gone and they'll start to go hungry. I am sending my crate with a note to the owners. They'll do it. They are kindhearted folks but just not true cat people.

Elizabeth
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
Lisa & Sash, this is a great question!
I, too, wanted to donate the "$1 mil dollars" from living in a lime green and bright orange house for a year that Ashley asked me about when I was in the spotlight the week before last....and I told her I would donate it for more no-kill shelters and veterinary care. Elizabeth


Every year at Christmas I donate to our shelter in the names of my cats and send their pictures along. They have a wall there that has all the pictures of cats who have donated to the shelter The girls who work their always send personal notes afterward thanking Baker and Cola, and this year Tango too. I just like doing it that way because all of my kitties would have ended up there if they hadn't come to live with me

SIGH, I know the feeling, if I only had more to give....
post #5 of 28
i dotn know where i could donate in my area.
I would like to donate at the shelter i went to but they wouldnt give me a cat and THEY dont deserve my money only the kitties do.
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by lisalee
I always make a donation this time each year to a few shelters in my local area. I know they can always use the help. I sure wish I was rich and could do so much more.
Well done!
post #7 of 28
I always donate to the Humane Society here in Miami, I'm doing it again this year, the place is 5 minutes away from my house. They are always sending me thank you cards, plus I know some people that work there.
post #8 of 28
Since I am out of work, I don't have any money to give, but I did write this years Christmas letter and the winter newsletter. They both bring in about $3000...so I feel like I have contributed in my own way.
post #9 of 28
They have a cardboard tree at Petsmart where you can take a $1.-$5.-$10. tag when you pay at the register that will go to the local shelters. They are marked with the different counties.

I took a $5. one, and I think the 8 cats that I have now is my way of helping.
post #10 of 28
Don't forget about the Cooking with Cattitude fundraiser we have too. It's only $10 (suggested donation), and you get a great cookbook too. And 100% of the proceeds go directly to a great little organization in Ohio.

OK, you guys knew I had to bring that up if we're talking about donations for Christmas.
post #11 of 28
I am not sure what to do this year. last year I bought one of everything on a list of things our shelter needed and brought it up to them and they weren't even nice about it. No thank you, no help bringing it in, nothing. Now mind you I didn't expect a rolled out red carpet, but a simple thank you would have been nice don't you think? so I'm not sure what I'm going to do this year. I know the animals need it but I really am upset at the way I was treated last year. I spent about $100.00 I really didn't have, I just wanted to help...
post #12 of 28
Hey Barb, I'm sorry that happened to you. But even though the people may not have been appreciative know that the kitties were, even if they cant tell you

i cant say i donate any time during the year to other rescues but i do run a cat rescue and all of my money goes into that so i guess in a way its donating.

my grandmother has taken to giving money donations for christmas gifts to all of the grandchildren and childrens favorite charities. this year she picked my moms and mine for us. it kind of surprised me because we usually get to pick on our own and then she told me that my moms and my donations would be going to my rescue.

i think donating to a rescue is a wonderful thing. i always like giving to smaller new rescues that havent been around very long because those are usually most appreciative and need the most help.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by resqkittens
Since I am out of work, I don't have any money to give, but I did write this years Christmas letter and the winter newsletter. They both bring in about $3000...so I feel like I have contributed in my own way.


YES, YOU DID.
post #14 of 28
I will probably donate some money to the local APL this year.
post #15 of 28
I donated to a new local no-kill shelter I got the TCS cookbook I bought an ornament at petco and gave extra for the spay/neuter fund.
post #16 of 28
I will be donating to The Cats Protection along with renewing my membership which goes towards the kitties
post #17 of 28
I've done 2 things already for the shelter I volunteer at. I made up a cookbook for them to sell ($5 per book) and delivered that to them last weekend. I'm trying to get into the local Petco either this Saturday or next to sell them on their behalf. I have also been making fleece blankets for them to sell and have donated everything above my purchase price. We've made $300 thus far and I wrote them a check the other night cause they had some emergency vet bills to pay this week.

I looked back at all my volunteer activities this year and figured that I've been involved in things that brought them in about $2500 this year. I guess that helps!
post #18 of 28
yea once a year i do i go shopping at walmart get stuff like cat food ,dog food papper towles, some litter i can't afford alot so i don't spend alot of money so ifs off brand items.then i go to the dollar tree store and get a few toys and cat bowls makes me feel good inside to do something for someone
post #19 of 28
Since both my babies were adopted from the Humane society I always go in and make a donation under there names. I think it shows there appreciation for all they did for them in the rescue and also for picking such a lovable mother to adopt them

I also donate litter and hard food to the local no kill shelter that took in a stray I rescued and found her a home the next day. I wanted to keep her but couldn't.
post #20 of 28
I have money automatically transferred from our account in March (I don't remember how I happened to pick March - I think it was some sort of "donate a neutering" drive that started it), and donate food/vet care throughout the year. I normally sponsor a shelter cat or so with health problems.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by RockinRhonda
yea once a year i do i go shopping at walmart get stuff like cat food ,dog food papper towles, some litter i can't afford alot so i don't spend alot of money so ifs off brand items.then i go to the dollar tree store and get a few toys and cat bowls makes me feel good inside to do something for someone

That's what I do too Rhonda....I drop off kitty litter, food, toys, etc. How I want to take them all home and mother them......
post #22 of 28
Ever since I got involved at www.katsnkittens.com I not only donate money, at Christmas, but during the year to. I also donate my time to help with the strays and feral kitties we catch, or that people find and drop off. I make warm kitty shelters for the winter, sheltered feeding stations, kitty "cushions" of recycled paper with heavy gauge plastic and styrofoam on the underside, to place under a building I found some feral kitties living (and I put some of the kitty shelter boxes there too.
We have been working on catching/spaying/neutering these kitties. IF they are not too feral, we find good homes for them. If they are are very feral, we then re-release them. OH....I LOVE my little stray and feral kitties!
(And they know the sound of my car, as they know that the "Food Lady" is HERE!!! YAY!!!
post #23 of 28
Yep, tomorrow we are going Christmas shopping, not only for each other, but for the Roanoke Valley SPCA. I have also talked to them about coordinating events and gave them some new ideas, I make fleece blankets as well, and I could probably sell them also! I can't wait to learn to sew, that would help make a lot of stuff!
post #24 of 28
I buy crib comforters at garage sales and take them to the humane society here when it starts to get cold out. They fit nicely in the cages.
post #25 of 28
If anyone wants ideas to help their shelter, I can share what I've learned from the one that I volunteer for:

Before you buy food to donate, ask them if the cats are on a particular brand. Many shelter cats are traumatized by their experience and changing food brands day after day only stresses out their compromised systems. Shelters try to stabilize their diets and oftentimes, if a food is donated that isn't part of their diet plan, they in turn will use it for feral cats or donate it to the poor.

The same generally holds true for litter (cats don't want their brand changed).

Cats that sit in cages all the time need stimulation. Toys that will give them something to do that can't be ingested or pushed out the bars of the cages are great. My shelter has asked me to make them hangy toys for the cages, and I'm always making catnip toys for them to play with.

Cage hammocks are great items for shelters (if you are crafty). If you want to go that route, go up to the shelter with a tape measure and measure their cages for the right size. You can make them easily out of a heavy, non-stretchable cloth. You can use either grommets, fabric loops, or button holes on the corners to hang, and we simply use shower curtain hooks to hang them in the cages. The cats at our shelter do use them!

Small food/water bowls and small plastic pans for litter boxes are also great. The small rubbermaid bins are the best. Remember you need to fit in a litter pan, food/water bowls and bedding into a fairly small cage.

Bedding is always a great donation. We take what we can get - small throw rugs, blankets without big loops (so they can't get their claws stuck), or any cat bed that will fit in a cage with everything else works well. Just remember that these are washed, typically in hot water on a regular basis so if you are looking for bedding, get something that will hold up to repeated washings in hot water.

Thanks to all that donate this year! The cats really do appreciate it!!
post #26 of 28
Today we went to Wal-Mart and we bought the following:
2 large containers of bleach
8 white towels (so they can be cleaned with bleach)
50 lbs of dog food
75 lbs of cat litter
40 lbs of cat food

They said anything they don't use they donate to other local rescue groups. I also picked up a volunteer application so I can be an events coordinater, and foster kittens, and a whole lot of other stuff.
post #27 of 28
I hope to donate:

(5)-Cans of Dog Food

Thats all I have so far,but i'm trying to get more to give. ^_~
post #28 of 28
Oh.... I am going to put a
"Shameless Plug" in, for the "COOKING WITH CATTITUDE"
THAT will help the No-Kill Adoption and Rescue Ohio Program -- www.KatsnKittens.com
They/we work tirelessly, to find either good homes, neuter/spay them, & give them medicine to get them well/keep them as healthy as possible. If they are too feral, we re-release them back to their kitty friends (our local feral colony) at the abandoned grainmill at the edge of our town.
Right now, we have over 90 cats at Heather's House, 10 kittens at Cheryl's house and 35 cats we are working with at the Grainmill....
THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!
(I'll TRY to link it again--couldn't get it right, with this post! )
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