The weeks leading up to and immediately following the 4th of July represent the deadliest time of the year for animals in shelters. Because humans insist on celebrating independence by exploding fireworks across the entire county, terrified dogs and cats find creative and unexpected new ways to escape their homes and thus end up in shelters. To make room for this influx, shelters have to kill healthy, friendly animals who have been there the longest or are deemed least adoptable. Many shelters are already at capacity during the summer, because people are more likely to give up their pets when leaving on vacation (don’t get me started…). There are so many ways we can work together to reduce the number of lives taken, and that’s where you come in. If you’ve been considering rescuing an animal, NOW is the time! From today until July 5, anyone who adopts or fosters a shelter animal will receive a discount code for 50% OFF your next order from The Tree Kisser shop! To qualify, just send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) that includes a photo/scan of a dated adoption certificate or foster agreement. You will also receive a discount of 50% off Triple Threads’s new “Rescue Is How I Roll” shirts! I’m hopeful that other businesses may offer discounts as well, and if so, I will add them to this blog post!
If you’re unfamiliar with the rescue process or don’t know where to start, here are some basic tips:
If you aren’t already familiar with your local shelter, the easiest way to find it is by Googling your city name plus “animal shelter”. Most shelters will have an online database with animals’ photos, but they will likely be horrible quality and not do justice to any of the individuals, so it’s best to meet them in person! You can also check the online databases of petfinder.com and shelterme.com, which list profiles and information about animals both in shelters and with independent rescue groups. Independent rescue groups differ from shelters in that the animals are not at risk for being killed, but adopting from them still saves a life by opening up space for the rescuers to go get another animal from death row at a shelter. If you’re having trouble finding the right animal for you, please shoot me an email at (email@example.com) and I’ll do my best to help! I may not be able to respond quickly though, so I encourage doing the research first.
- Hand in Paw (Duarte, CA – near Los Angeles): specializes in small dogs
- K9 Spirit Organization (Orange County, CA)
- St. Martin’s Animal Rescue (Sheridan, OR): specializes in senior/special needs animals
- Little Love Rescue (Los Angeles, CA)
- JNF Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)
- Priceless Pet Rescue (Chino Hills, CA)
- Frosted Faces Foundation (San Diego, CA): specializes in senior dogs
- ColoRADogs (Fort Collins, CO): specializes in pit bull type dogs
- Stray Cat Alliance (Los Angeles, CA): specializes in cats
- Austin Pets Alive (Austin, TX): no kill shelter
- Sweet Souls Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)