Tails Humane Society: Donation Totals and QLP Volunteer Day

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:

What’s that? You want to see MORE pictures from volunteer day at Quality Logo Products? Aw, shucks. In that case, check out our official Facebook page or our Google Plus page!

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!
Have you ever volunteered at a local animal shelter? Do you have more suggestions for donation opportunities? Let’s see those comments!

Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. Jill writes for the QLP blog and assists with the company’s social media accounts. You can connect with Jill on Google+.


  1. Bret Bonnet

    I can’t wait to go back to TAILS again.

    Shoveling shit is dirty business but SOMEONE has to do it! 🙂


    • Joseph Giorgi

      I’ll admit, that cute little rottweiler almost converted me…

      Almost. 😉

      • Amanda

        Aww, rottweilers will do that to ya! We have a rottweiler-mix dog, and she’s wonderful!! =)

  2. Cybernetic SAM

    🙁 I want all of them right now! It is so great you guys did that! Those puppies are AAAAAAAAdorable!

  3. Amy Swanson

    I’m still amazed at myself for not going home with ‘Mitch’ (the adorable little kitten) or the little puppy (didn’t catch her name). The whole facility was clean and really well-organized. The other volunteers there were beyond helpful and I didn’t feel like any question was too dumb to ask. This was one of my first volunteering experiences, and it was by far better than I could have ever imagined!

    A huge, ginormous thank you to everyone who either donated their time or money to this 😀

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Agreed — ‘Mitch’ is definitely a keeper! Hopefully he finds a good home.

    • Jill Tooley

      I think you really need to go back and adopt him, Amy! It’s been WAY too long since the Swansons have had a pet! 😉

  4. Jen

    Awwwe, the pictures are sooo cute! I’ve always wanted to adopt a bird. But a lot of shelters don’t keep them, so now I know, when the time is right, where to go. Thanks for volunteering for the day, it looks like you had a good time helping out the animals!

    • Jill Tooley

      Yep, they get birds in there quite frequently, I think! The little guy in the picture was really sweet and loved to be sprayed with the water bottle mist. He could use a bit of training, but he’d make an awesome pet. 🙂

      It was a fantastic time and I’m so glad we got to do it!

  5. Mandy Kilinskis

    It’s fantastic that we raised so much money for Tails! And it looks like you had a blast volunteering! This promotion was a lot of fun and I’m glad that it went to such a great, local shelter. 😀

    • Jill Tooley

      Me too! I’m looking forward to going back again. The Tails facility is so well-run and efficient!

  6. Jeff Porretto

    This is the best frickin blog post ever. I mean just look at the excitement on their faces! They’re loving every minute of it! And the animals had fun too!

    • Jill Tooley

      Awww, thank you. You wouldn’t have been able to resist the dogs! Even for a cat person like me, it was tempting to take one or two home…

  7. Candice J.

    It makes me so happy to be with a company that does so much for others and the community! Plus it makes me want a puppy! Go QLP!

  8. Jaimie Smith

    This was a great blog! The picture are awesome! I’m jealous I did not go! 🙁

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