106 Things You Can Do to Help Rescue
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 Kong? A Nylabone? A Hercules?
5. Donate a crate?
6. Donate an x-pen or baby gate?
7. Donate a food dish or a stainless bucket for a crate?
8. Donate a leash?
9. Donate a collar?
10. Donate some treats or a bag of food?
11. Donate a halti or promise collar or a gentle leader?
12. Walk a dog?
13. Offer to help your local shelter photograph their animals so they
can be listed on petfinder or other online adoption services?
14. Donate some grooming supplies (shampoos, combs, brushes, etc.)?
15. Go to the local shelter to help identify the breed of a stray animal
so the appropriate rescue group can be contacted or go with rescue to
be a second opinion on the dog?
16. Make a few phone calls?
17. Mail out applications to people who've requested them?
18. Provide local vet clinics with contact information for educational
materials on responsible pet ownership?
19. Drive a dog to and from vet appointments?
20. Donate long distance calling cards?
21. Donate the use of your scanner or digital camera?
22. Donate the use of a photocopier?
23. Attend public education days and try to educate people on responsible
24. Donate a gift certificate to a pet store?
25. Donate a raffle item if your club is holding a fundraiser?
26. Donate flea stuff (Advantage, etc.)?
27. Donate Heartworm pills?
28. Donate a canine first aid kit?
29. Provide a shoulder to cry on when the rescue person is overwhelmed?
30. Pay the boarding fees to board a dog for a week? Two weeks?
31. Be a Santi-paws foster to give the foster a break for a few hours
32. Clip coupons for dog food or treats?
33. Bake some homemade doggie biscuits?
34. Make book purchases through Amazon via a web site that contributes
commissions earned to a rescue group?
35. Host rescue photos with an information link on your website?
36. Donate time to take good photos of foster dogs for adoption flyers,
37. Conduct a home visit or accompany a rescue person on the home visit?
38. Go with rescue person to the vet to help if there is more than
39. Have a yard sale and donate the money to rescue?
40. Volunteer to do rescue in your area?
41. Take advantage of a promotion on the web or store offering a free
ID tag and instead of getting it for your own dog, have the tag inscribed
with your Club's name and phone # to contact?
42. Talk to all your friends and co-workers about adopting and fostering
43. Donate vet services or can you help by donating a spay or neuter
each year or some vaccinations?
44. Interview vets to encourage them to offer discounts to rescues?
45. Write a column for your local newspaper or club newsletter on dogs
on dogs currently looking for homes or ways to help rescue?
46. Take photos of dogs available for adoption for use by the Club?
47. Maintain web sites listing/showing dogs available?
48. Help organize and run fundraising events?
49. Help maintain the paperwork files associated with each dog or enter
the information into a database?
50. Tattoo a rescued dog?
51. Microchip a rescued dog?
52. Loan your carpet steam cleaner to someone who has fostered a dog
that was sick or marked in the house?
53. Donate a bottle of bleach or other cleaning products?
54. Donate or loan a portable dog run to someone who doesn't have a
quarantine area for quarantining a dog that has an unknown vaccination
history and has been in a shelter?
55. Drive the fosters' children to an activity so that the foster can
take the dog to obedience class?
56. Use your video camera to film a rescue dog in action?
57. Pay the cost of taking a dog to obedience class?
58. Be the one to take the dog to its obedience class?
59. Go to the foster home once a week with your children and dogs to
help socialize the dog?
60. Help the foster clean up the yard (yes, we also have to scoop what
those foster dogs poop)
61. Offer to test the foster dog with cats?
62. Pay for the dog to be groomed or take the dog to a *Do It Yourself*
63. Bring the foster take out so the foster doesn't have to cook dinner?
64. Pay a house-cleaning service to do the spring cleaning for someone
who fosters dogs all the time?
65. Lend your artistic talents to your club's newsletter, fundraising
ideas, t-shirt designs?
66. Donate printer paper, envelopes and stamps to your club?
67. Go with a rescue person to the vet if a foster dog needs to be
68. Go to local shelters and meet with shelter staff about how to identify
your breed or provide photos and breed information showing the different
types of that breed may come in and the different color combinations?
69. Go to local businesses and solicit donations for a club's fundraising
70. Offer to try and help owners be better pet owners by holding a
71. Help pet owners be better pet owners by being available to answer
72. Loan a crate if a dog needs to travel by air?
73. Put together an *Owner's Manual* for those who adopt rescued dogs
of your breed?
74. Provide post-adoption follow up or support?
75. Donate a coupon for a free car wash or gas or inside cleaning of
76. Pay for an ad in your local/metropolitan paper to help place rescue
77. Volunteer to screen calls for that ad?
78. Get some friends together to build/repair pens for a foster home?
79. 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?
80. Donate a small percentage of the sale of each pup to rescue if
you are a breeder?
81. Buy two of those really neat dog-items you "have to have"
and donate one to Rescue?
82. 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?
83. Make a bequest in your will to your local or national Rescue?
84. Donate your professional services as an accountant or lawyer?
85. Donate other services if you run your own business?
86. Donate the use of a vehicle if you own a car dealership?
87. Loan your cell phone (and cover costs for any calls) to someone
driving a rescued dog?
88. Donate your *used* dog dryer when you get a new one?
89. Let rescue know when you'll be flying and that you'd be willing
to be a rescued dog's escort?
90. Watch your local shelter or online shelters and contact the appropriate
breed rescue group if you see one of their dogs? It doesn't have to
be "your breed" for you to make that call or write that email.
91. Donate a doggy seatbelt?
92. Donate a grid for a van or other vehicle?
93. Organize a rescued dog picnic or other event to reunite the rescued
dogs that have been placed?
94. Donate other types of doggy toys that might be safe for rescued
95. Donate a roll-a-treat or Buster cube?
96. Donate clickers or a video on clicker training?
97. Donate materials for a quarantine area at a foster's home?
98. Donate sheets of linoleum or other flooring materials to put under
crates to protect the foster's floor?
99. Donate an engraving tool to make ID tags for each of the rescued
100. Ask to make a display about rescue and dog adoptions for the display
case at your public library.
101. Remember that rescuing a dog involves the effort and time of many
people and make yourself available on an emergency basis to do *whatever*
102. Promote rescue at your National Specialties by having a "rescue
parade" of the dogs your breed rescue has rehabilitated and placed
in forever homes? (Have cameras and tissues on hand as it will be very
103. Post this list on your own webpages to help promote ways to help
104. Encourage your local pet store to sponsor rescue groups and the
local shelter to promote adoption of animals rather than selling puppies
105. Adopt a dog or cat from rescue?
106. Do something not listed above to help rescue? (And tell us what
it is so we can add it to this list!)