Remember our calendar promotion and our pet picture promotion from late 2011 that helped us raise money for Tails Humane Society in DeKalb, Illinois? We were overjoyed when we got the donation totals for the two promotions: $725.00 was raised for Tails! Because of amazing customers and friends like you, this efficiently-run animal organization will be able to purchase more food, medicine, and supplies for the pets in their care!
Also, on Friday, January 20, 2012, a handful of us went to the shelter to volunteer however we could. It went swimmingly, and we’ve got lots of pictures to prove it!
Upon arriving at Tails, Courtney (the ever-gracious volunteer coordinator) gave us a detailed tour of the facility and filled us in on the daily procedures. We were impressed by the level of professionalism and cleanliness enforced by the volunteers and employees. Everyone was completing a task with a smile and no one seemed to mind answering our “newbie” questions!
Amanda, another gracious Tails employee, showed us what needed to be done and answered any questions we had about the animals. She was a lifesaver! Amy and Joe spent most of their time with the adoptable cats, cleaning cages and providing friendly interaction; Alex and Bret took on the adoptable dogs, which involved doing laundry, washing toys, and going out for walks; and I spent a good portion of my time in the small animal room with the lovable rabbits and a conure (a small parrot) that was brimming with personality. We had a blast!
Check out some of these sweet action shots from our adventures at Tails Humane Society:
Alex, Amy, Bret, Joe, and I would like to thank Tails Humane Society for being so thorough and for allowing us to get our hands dirty. I think I speak for everyone at QLP when I say that it was truly our pleasure to donate for the picture promotion! Also, a huge thank you to all of our customers who participated in the calendar promotion — we couldn’t have done it without you!
Want to know how you can help Tails or your local animal shelter/humane society? Here are a few ways you can start:
- Donate whatever you can, whenever you can. Cash donations are much appreciated by non-profit organizations like Tails, because funds are put to good use where they’re needed the most. Are you sick of paying for that Cosmopolitan subscription that you never even glance at? Cancel it and donate that money to a shelter instead. Do you hate the sound of change rattling in your pockets or purse? Start a change jar and donate the accumulated coins at the end of each month. Get creative!
- Schedule a few hours each week or month to volunteer at a local shelter. I won’t lie to you — volunteering can be hard work. However, the benefits are vast and you’ll be assisting in the care of numerous animals who need one-on-one TLC. Non-profits can’t afford to pay dozens of employees to help with cleaning and maintenance, because most donated funds go directly to the animals, so they rely heavily on volunteers to lend a hand with daily tasks.
- Are you looking for a new friend? Skip the pet store and ADOPT from a shelter! Some pet stores still purchase dogs from puppy mills, where they’re kept in dangerous and unsanitary conditions, and adopters often end up with sick pets once they’re brought home. Why contribute money to puppy mills when you could give a homeless pet a chance to shine? For a minor adoption fee, you’ll be able to take home a new companion who worships the ground you walk on.
- Donate supplies directly or get rid of vehicles you no longer use. Did you know that most animal organizations accept car donations, whether the vehicle runs or not? Check your local animal shelter listings to inquire about programs like these. Or, you can donate supplies like blankets, food, pet carriers, or laundry detergent (which all get used A LOT). Many humane societies post wish lists if you’re interested in this type of donation!