If you love your breed of dog and you don't have the time or facility to start your own rescue, but you want to help in some way... You can make a donation in memory of a favorite pet. You can ADOPT a dog. Or you can help out in several "small" ways:
1) Cruise flea markets or discount stores, Rescues always need (and extras can be passed along to adopters):
* Towels, blankets, & no-skid bathroom rugs,
* Dog crates, dog houses, & dog beds,
* Paper towels & bleach,
* Leashes, collars, & harnesses,
* Grooming supplies (nail clippers, brushes, dog combs, dog shampoo, & flea & tick prevention),
* First Aid supplies (Triple Antibiotic ointment, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, & baby wipes),
* Newspapers & soda cans (for recycling),
* Bleach, mops, brooms, scrub brushes, wash tubs, buckets, & pooper scoopers,
* Kiddie pools & large galvanized tubs for water,
* Dog biscuits & canned food, and
* Dog dryer (forced air, not people hair dryers), **Belt bags (fanny packs) and/or Bait Bags (for carrying treats
when walking the rescues)
**Baggies for use on walks,
**Spray bottles for giving drinks of water while on walks,
**Dremel nail grinder,
2) Call your local shelter and TELL them about the national or local rescue, name, breeds, phone nos., email, homepages, etc. They often do not KNOW we are there.
3) Donate: $5, $15, $25 a month or whenever you can whenever you can.
4) Label a jar "Pennies for Puppies." Put it next to wherever you empty your pockets. Also put one at work on your desk.
5) Distribute flyers about breed rescue to your local shelters, pet stores, and vet offices.
6) Do a 30-minute rescue. Tell your local breed rescue or shelter you will come by and groom (bathe, brush, whatever) any dog (one dog) of your breed that comes in. You can do this and walk away, KNOWING you have improved the dog's chances of adoption immensely.
7) Do a home check for a rescuer trying to place a dog in your area. The rescuer at this point will usually only need a gut-check and the answers to a few specific questions about fencing.
8) Foster a dog overnight or over a weekend during transport, OR foster the dog long-term, just one a year will save one more life.
9) Donate time to your local rescue, cleaning, building, grooming, fundraising, or just walking a dog on leash, sitting under a tree and giving/receiving hugs.
10) Talk you local pet stores into donating items or food to your favorite rescue! 11) Spay/neuter your pets so their unplanned pregnancies do not end up in rescue eventually.
12) Go to a shelter and GET a dog, just once, and work with your local rescue to find homes and use their advice, experience, forms, etc.
13) ADOPT your next dog from rescue or a shelter!
Copied (with additions made by the Boxer Mailing List and Boxer Rescue List) with permission from Sidney Helen Sachs of Sleddog Rescue, A Shelter for Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies