It’s the giving season and last year, a new movement started to create a national day of giving to kick off that season. It’s added Giving Tuesday on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage the giving community to start the season by giving back. Many non-profits have signed up to be a part of #GivingTuesday to encourage people to help them out this holiday season.
One local organization, Feral Fixers in DuPage County, has had two donors step up to match up to $2,000 donations through Tuesday for #GivingTuesday. The funds will help support the spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations and other costs associated with their Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs and rehoming the strays cats they take in. Feral Fixers has spayed/neutered 6,000 cats in six years. Click here to donate and reference Black Cat Fundraiser when you donate.
Please pitch in if you can on #GivingTuesday and remember that shelters and rescues need all kinds of support to help them care for the cats, dogs, rabbits and other critters in their care. Here are more tips to be Santa's helpers during the holiday season to help homeless pets.
Recycling for pets – Skip the recycling bin and donate newspapers to your local shelter. Old sheets, blankets and towels are also needed to help keep pets warm during the winter. Check out wish lists on local rescue’s websites and add some extras to your shopping cart like paper towels, bleach and other items.
Do a pet food drive – When times get tough financially, some families must give up their family pet because pet food is out of the family budget. Many communities now have independent pet food pantries, run by non-profits or animal rescue groups, or offer pet food as part of their regular pantries. Donations of pet food, cat litter, collars, leashes, toys and pet bed are greatly needed.
Shop and donate online – There are many sites online that will donate to your favorite charities as you either browse or shop. You can find out if your favorite local organization is participating in any of these sites by logging on, signing up and checking out the groups involved. Then shop and have a small portion donated.
- Did you know that just by searching online your favorite charity may earn cash while you search? Sign up, designate a charity and search using GoodSearch’s DailyGood site and a small percentage goes to them when you search and more is donated when you shop.
- Sign up for either iGive or Adopt A Shelter a percentage of your purchases with participating retailers will be donated to your cause.
- Select a rescue and Shop on Helping Udders and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to your organization.
- Shop online at U.S. Bones and a percentage of your proceeds will be donated to the rescue you select.
- You can also check for merchandise from your favorite group on their site and online at Café Press.
Support local craft shows and holiday events - If you'd like to take a look at some great places to shop for some unique gifts this holiday season to help local animal rescue, check out this story.
Party for pets – Many local rescues have events throughout the holidays that range from happy hours to beer tastings to lighting ceremonies and more. Go and ring in the season and support animal rescue at the same time.
Sponsor an animal – Many shelters and rescues have sponsorship programs to help pay for the care of certain animals. This time of year Tree of Hope and Giving Tree Campaigns also give you options for donating.
Give the gift of time – Most groups need volunteers, especially in the early months of the new year. Groups need help with fundraising, running local events, assisting in community education or marketing. Volunteers to help with the animals and fosters are needed all the time to help groups save more lives. Get to know local organizations to find one that is a good fit for your talents and personality.
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