You are never given the dog you want, but the dog you need.

Tis The Season of Giving

With the Holiday season fast upon us, the spirit of giving and kindness is showing itself in so many ways.

The Bell Ringers are out, Toy drives are showing up everywhere, people are taking lists off of the tree’s for needy families, and everyone is working to make the season happy for others.

There’s always one or two groups that always seems to fall by the wayside. Not many people think to contribute to them, or those that do are small in number. So this Holiday season, I ask you to think outside the box a little- look up a new organization to donate to and give them a helping hand!

Now, because this is a blog about animals, I have my own suggestions for those of you looking to help out in new places…

First off, is the link below. If you click on this link, not only do you see a virtual TON of gift ideas for your pet loving family and friends, you also see a small square asking for help. You don’t have to do much, just click the “Give” button and you will have donated almost a full meal to a shelter animal in need. You can go back every day and click on it to keep helping these guys out.

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3

Second, is the usual banner that hovers in my sidebar for FreeKibble. All you do is answer a question for the dog and/or cat. Right or wrong, a meal is donated to more hungry animals who are waiting for their forever people to come find them.

My third idea is one that my 4-H group has done for years. Go to your local animal shelters and ask them what they need. It can be something as simple as a couple large packs of paper towels, new leashes, collars, food dishes- every little thing can make a huge difference to these organizations. In addition to donating these supplies, our group also gets together and makes a seemingly endless (at least that’s how it feels when you’re on your fifteenth blanket) no-sew fleece blankets to give to them. In the past years, our Humane Society has loved getting this unexpected addition and their furry guests always have loved bedding down in them.

It doesn’t take much to help and even the smallest things can mean the world to others. While we all focus on getting our families the perfect gifts, all I ask is that we all consider helping out a local organization with one item that they need. Sometimes, doing that little act of charity is what really brings the season together and seeing the gratitude is more than enough reward.

I realize that it all probably sounds a little preachy and I don’t mean to sound that way. If you don’t have the time, money, or desire to help- I don’t hold that against you. But, I know there are animal lovers out there who are looking for ways to help out others. So, to those of you who are looking for a way to help out, those are some of my ideas. If you have any additional ideas, please feel free to add them in the comments so others can draw from them as well!

Two very important additions to add into this post-

1. A plea for help was posted by a favorite blogger of mine, bumpyroadtobubba. This wonderful mommy of possibly the cutest little gal I’ve ever seen is asking for help.

“I think this is the first time I’ve ever posted twice in one day, and I have tears in my eyes as I type this. One of my dear friends recently lost her mumma to cancer. As well as leaving behind her broken-hearted daughter, she also left two beautiful Border Collies: Cilla and Jessie.

Very sad circumstances mean that my friend is looking to rehome these two beauties. With the loss of her mumma so recent, she can barely think about it – so I’m doing this in the hope that someone, somewhere in Australia (they are currently in Sydney, New South Wales) will have a home to offer these gorgeous pups – together.

Both girls are 13. They are friendly with people, including children. Despite her years, Cilla is a bit silly and can be clumsy so not really suited to a home with littlies.

They need to be rehomed together. They have not known a life apart, and with the loss of their mumma they’re currently feeling very lost. Ideally they will find a home without other cats and dogs, but with owners who will give them all the love and care they have enjoyed so far in life. And get it back ten fold.

Well behaved girls with a good level of training, they are a little unsettled at the moment because of what they’re going through.

If you have a place in your heart (and home) for these lovely grown up puppies, please comment below, or you can email me at doghousedesign@hotmail.com and I will put you in touch with my friend.

Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, email it to your friends. Anything you can do to help would be most appreciated.

I can’t type any more.

I can’t see the screen for my tears.”

So, my dear readers (those of you who haven’t gotten frustrated with my lack of updating), this wonderful mumma needs some help finding homes for two darling pups. Share this, send her words of encouragement, ideas of rescues, talk her up to family/friends if you live nearby or know someone who does- any little bit would help her immensely! Both dogs are beautiful and she has a picture up of them together. I’ve seen how hard it is to rehome Senior dogs, let alone two larger ones that have lived together their whole lives and deserve to continue on that way. Please help as much as you can!

2. GAIN, or Guam Animals In Need, is in desperate need of some help. They are trying to raise enough donations to help ship to of their darlings to the United States. This shelter is already so pressed for resources and are in need of any and all help they can receive. Animals are dumped at their doorstep and they do all they can to help out, but they can’t do it alone. These two puppies are absolute dolls and deserve a chance at a happy life with someone who will care for them and make them a member of their family. Please, please, please, help these guys out! Even as little as $5 or $10 dollars gets them a little closer to their goal of granting these two little pups their Christmas wish!

The donation page for Tate and Reena is run by one of my 4-H friends who worked at the shelter while her husband was stationed in Guam. She has done some of the most amazing work with this group and hopefully we can help her save these two little ones for a better life!  The donation link is: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/ashleykeil/savetate

You are all amazing and I hope that you are able to share these links around on Facebook, Pinterest, etc. until all the goals have been reached.

With much love to you all, dear readers, and until next time (which should be much sooner than my previous updates)-

Anastasia

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2 responses

  1. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you! For caring enough to share Cilla & Jessie’s story. The good news is that we have three potentially interested new families, so we’re following those people up today. We will keep you posted. The kindness of strangers has blown me away in the past 24 hours! x

    December 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

  2. Tina

    you are back!!! have missed reading your posts….as always so informing! I, am always looking for ways to give back to those in our community and at large so very good ideas!! I will look these us! thank you!

    December 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm

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