This post is part of Blog the Change, a quarterly event hosted by BTC4Animals.com asking us to share a cause near and dear to our hearts. The idea is to blog, read, and BE the change for animals!
Traveling full-time in an RV has a lot of advantages, but one of the things I’ve missed is being able to go down to the animals shelter near where we lived and help out with the homeless pets. It was something that seemed “too complicated” once we were on the road all the time, and for too long it fell off my radar.
A few months ago two things occurred to me: first, I really missed volunteering with the animals – I always got so much out of it! And second, the efforts I’m putting into building our social media network for GoPetFriendly.com could be leveraged to benefit pets in need. All of the sudden … SHAZAM … the idea to start Take Paws to Volunteer was born!
I contacted a few friends and we came up with a plan: once a month I’ll “take paws” to visit a local shelter or rescue in whatever city we happen to be traveling to spend a day helping out with the animals and share their stories via the blog, Facebook and Twitter with all of you! Alcott, the maker of super-cool pet adventure gear, happily agreed to donate leashes, collars, and doggy tennis balls for the pups. And Cloud Star jumped on board by generously contributing four cases of their all natural, made in the USA treats to each of the facilities we visit. It all came together amazingly fast, and we set up our first Take Paws to Volunteer day at PAWS Adoption Center near Cincinnati, Ohio!
Started in 1980, PAWS Adoption Center helps about 325 animals find their forever home each year! It’s a really exciting time for the folks at PAWS, because they’re moving into a brand-new facility and they were kind enough to show me around the new digs, even though they’re still putting on the finishing touches!
Not that the people weren’t lovely, but the best part of the day was meeting the animals! These dogs and cats are all looking for homes, so if you know someone who might be looking for a furry buddy, please share their photos. This is your opportunity to help us help them!
Willie and Gracie
A silly brother/sister duo were saved through the diligence of two shelter workers. Gracie is a quiet, sweet little girl who had parvo when she came in and is recovering nicely. Her brother, Willie, is playful and outgoing – a real clown that keeps everyone laughing!
This distinguished gentleman is a Katrina survivor who has escaped death twice, though you’d never guess it from his happy attitude. PAWS pulled him from a pound after the woman who adopted him post-Katrina passed away. They think he’s about 10-12 years old, but he can keep up with the best of the dogs, and will make a great addition to a loving family.
This friendly fella was dumped on the street, left to fend for himself. Flea ridden and hungry, he found his way to PAWS door and they welcomed him with a trip to the vet for a snip and a chip! He has turned out to be such a funny, playful, loving cat he will be a treasure for some lucky family.
Special has had a bit of a ruff journey – she was not treated well and then was abandoned by her owners at the trainers house! She deserves so much more. She would love someone who will be patient with her and give her time to trust. The reward will be well worth wait when she delivers the kisses!
This boy is just a heart stopper. Turner was very shy and obliviously lacked social contact with people when he arrived, but he’s been meeting lots of new friends and is coming along wonderfully. He’s my buddy now, and he would make a great buddy for you also!
A gorgeous Maine Coon, Hallow thought he was all set when his family just moved away and left him behind. He is a bit shy at first, but just wants someone of his own to love. He would do best in a quiet, low energy home where he can be the center of attention.
Every dollar that PAWS Adoption Center receives is through donations, fundraising, and other forms of giving. To fund the wonderful work they do, the Board and staff pull out all the stops for their annual “Fur the Love of PAWS” auction in West Chester, Ohio in November. If you’ll be in the area, or if you’d like to make a contribution, plese send Megan an email for more information.
To celebrate our exciting new program, we got together with the folks from Alcott at WagsPark for a little party – and what a great time we had! WagsPark is the coolest off-leash dog park I’ve ever seen. This is a membership based park, but the perks they provide are over the top: three acres of landscaped lawn to run, a spring-fed lake for splashing, agility equipment, and staff members to keep an eye on the doggy antics. They also have a full bar, so you can stop for a beverage after a game of fetch. Providing doggy daycare services and a do-it-yourself dog wash make this a dog park like no other!
Special thanks to Tracy Gilchrist, all the staff, and the members of the Board of Directors at PAWS Adoption Center for their amazing hospitality, to Cloud Star and Alcott for their generous participation in the Take Paws to Volunteer Program, to Alison at Alcott for her supreme party planning genius, and Acacia and the staff at WagsPark for graciously hosting us.
And now, head out to these other blogs to get more suggestions on how you can make a difference in the lives of animals:
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