How can you help rescue?
Many people think if they can't foster dogs,
they can't help rescue. Nothing could be
further from the truth! Here is a partial list
of things YOU may be able to do. Please feel
free to email additional suggestions if you think of
1. Apply to be a rescue representative for your
2. Pay for an ad in your local/metropolitan paper
giving contact information for rescue.
3. Transport a dog.
4. Go to the local shelter and watch out for
5. Provide local vet clinics with contact
information and/or educational materials on
responsible pet ownership.
6. Attend public education days and try to
educate people on responsible pet ownership.
7. Conduct a home visit or accompany a rescue
person on the home visit.
8. Go with a rescue person to the vet to help if
there is more than one dog.
9. Write a column for your local newspaper, club
or rescue newsletter on dogs currently looking for
homes, ways to help rescue, or responsible dog
ownership in general.
10. Drive a rescue to and from vet appointments.
11. Talk to local vets and encourage them to
offer discounts to rescues.
12. Maintain web sites listing/showing dogs
13. Help organize and run fundraising events.
14. Hang a poster at the grocery store, giving
contact information for rescue.
15. Go to a foster home once a week to help
socialize a dog.
16. Let rescue know when/where you'll be flying
and that you'd be willing to be a rescued dog's
17. Put together an *Owner's Manual* for those
who adopt rescued dogs of your breed.
18. Provide post-adoption follow up or support.
19. Offer to test a foster dog with cats.
20. Microchip your own dogs 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 dog.
21. Donate a small percentage of the sale of each
dog to rescue if you are a breeder.
22. Have a yard sale and donate the money to
23. Make a financial donation (even the smallest
24. Donate a dog bed or towels or other bedding
25. Donate a sterilized bone, A chew toy, or
stuffed squeaky toy.
26. Donate a crate.
27. Donate a blanket or baby blankets.
28. Donate a stainless steel food dish.
29. Donate a martingale, or collar and leash.
30. Donate some grooming supplies (shampoos,
brushes, ear cleaner,
31. Donate some treats or a bag of food.
32. Donate long distance calling cards.
33. Donate a gift certificate to a pet store (one
that sells supplies only).
34. Donate a raffle item if your club is holding
a fund raiser.
35. Donate flea control products (Bio-Spot,
Advantage, Frontline, etc.).
36. Donate a canine first aid kit.
37. Donate a spay or neuter each year (or some
38. Donate a bottle of bleach or other cleaning
39. Donate or loan a portable xpen to a foster
40. Donate printer paper, envelopes and stamps to
41. Donate sheets of linoleum or other flooring
materials to put under crates
to protect the foster home's flooring.
42. Donate other types of dog toys that might be
safe for rescues.
43. Buy two of those really neat dog items you
"have to have" and donate one to Rescue.
44. Donate the use of your scanner or digital
45. Donate the use of a photocopier.
46. Make book purchases through Amazon via the
IGCA rescue link.
47. Host rescue photos with an information link
on your website.
48. Loan your carpet steam cleaner to someone who
has fostered a dog that was sick or marked in the
49. Use your video camera to film a rescue dog in
50. Pay the cost of shipping a dog to its new
51. Pay a house-cleaning service to do the spring
cleaning for someone who fosters dogs all the time.
52. Lend your artistic talents to your rescue's
newsletter, fundraising ideas, t-shirt designs.
53. Go with a rescue person to the vet if a
foster dog needs to be euthanized due to incurable
health conditions and suffering.
54. 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
55. Go to local businesses and solicit donations
for a rescue's fundraising event.
56. Help pet owners be better pet owners by being
available to answer training questions.
57. Loan a crate if a dog needs to travel by air.
58. Donate a coupon for a free car wash or gas or
inside cleaning of a vehicle for a foster home.
59. 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.
60. Make a bequest in your will to your local or
61. Donate your professional services as an
accountant or lawyer.
62. Donate other services if you run your own
63. Loan your cell phone (and cover costs for any
calls) to someone transporting a rescue.
64. Donate your *used* xpen/crate when you get a
65. Organize a rescued dog picnic or other event
to reunite the other adopters and volunteers.
66. Educate friends/family/coworkers on the
reasons NOT to buy from a petstore. Encourage them
to adopt from rescues or shelters, or to purchase
ONLY from a responsible breeder.
67. Join your local kennel club or dog training
club and become involved in community-level
68. Volunteer at your local shelter/humane
69. Place a link from your own website to this
70. Donate a domain name and web hosting package
to a rescue organization. Domain names cost as
little as $12/year and nice webhosting packages can
be found for $4.95/month.
71. Remember that rescuing a dog involves the
effort and time of many people and make yourself
available on an emergency basis to do *whatever* is
72. Do something not listed above to help rescue.
Information from: Kismet
IGs and Whippets home page
If you know of other
rescue organizations or their website
address, please let
us know so that we can add them to
our list. Thanks!