by Karen Hand

Make a difference in saving the lives of animals by making a donation today!

Did you know that monthly giving is an incredibly efficient way to support the ASPCA? The ASPCA Guardians are a group of dedicated friends like you who make monthly gifts that provide a consistent, reliable income stream, allowing us to focus more resources on our lifesaving programs, and less on raising the necessary funds. Members like it because it’s easy to budget and it feels great to be making a difference for animals every month of the year.


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M.Clark August 30, 2013 - 10:15 pm
I used to volunteer at the Humane Society in my area, these animals really need help. Not just monetary donations, but also volunteers to walk them and play with them.
Jeni Mitchell August 31, 2013 - 11:26 am
I completely concur. I'm in animal rescue too. It's very rewarding and there is a lot you can do to help. I've often helped with transportation. These animals need help getting moved from one place to another and using several drivers to help move them breaks up the drive and the costs.
KateV September 12, 2013 - 11:40 pm
I'm not in a financial position where I can give money, but I do help in other ways. I volunteer with a new local pet food pantry (who's aim is to help keep families from surrendering their pets due to financial hardship), I look for deals and enter giveaways to donate, cross post on facebook... I raised money for my local shelter's big walk-a-thon fundraiser this weekend. Lots of ways to help even if you can't give money!
Jeni Mitchell September 16, 2013 - 10:34 am
You are so right Kate. It's wonderful that you help as you do. I carry a leash in my car and many times have used it to wrangle a dog running loose and then in turn, work to get that dog back to its rightful owner (with a kind reminder of why they shouldn't run loose). ;)
lisa September 13, 2013 - 12:40 pm
I wish people would stop buying animals on a whim and then deciding they can't take care of them. It's sad that so many end up in the pound.
Kyria Lockheart September 16, 2013 - 8:00 am
It is amazing to see how many animals are in need. And one of the most rewarding things in life is to help out animals, Now I know some can not adopt or own an animal but for many we can go out to local shelters and help out! I agree as above is mentioned, many shelters need help with volunteers to come out and help clean, feed, walk, play, and socialize with the animals. I know shelters need donations as well but a lot of rescue shelters I volunteer for need helpers. They usually just have a handful of dedicated staff members and that is all. I am a photographer and I go out and take pictures of all the animals to post up onto sites for people to view and adopt from. But it is sad because when asking from where the animal came from I get all kinds of responses from it was cute when it was younger but it is to old now, It is too big and I can not stop it from biting my kids however, it was cute when it was little nipping my kids, I want a pure breed, I want a puppy, It is not the color I am looking for etc. My heart goes out to each animal and each rescue as they try their best to care for the unwanted animals and make them feel wanted. If you want to see some of my animal pictures please check out but please do not take and use any pictures thanks!
Jeni Mitchell September 16, 2013 - 10:47 am
Your photos are beautiful Kyria. What a great gift you give to these animals to present them in this manner. Some of the reasons people surrender their pets are pathetic. I would have to forego asking why the animal was up for adoption if I was in your shoes, simply because my heart would break too much. Taking on the responsibility of a pet is doing so for the life of the pet. It's not for as long as it's convenient for you. I really wish more people understood that. I own my own home now, but when I was renting, my first question was "Do you accept dogs?" If the answer was no, I moved on. Plain and simple, my dog was coming with me. The excuse of "We're moving and the place doesn't accept dogs.," is the most pathetic excuse ever. I would never dream of not having my pet with me. I wish others felt this way (and yes, I know there are a lot of who do view our pets as our children and/or as a family member in general ~ I just wish we outnumbered the ones who don't). Thank you Kyria for taking photos as you do and for helping the puppyschmups and kittyschmitties get adopted. I'm sure they beyond appreciate it!
marissa lee September 17, 2013 - 8:33 pm
it's sad how many animals end up in the shelter because or abuse or neglect.
Jill Donahoo September 24, 2013 - 3:02 pm
Now I feel like adopting. ASPCA is great and we are lucky to have them.
ANN*H October 4, 2013 - 11:00 pm
ASPCA does lots of things beside allowing pets to be adopted. Cats - there are so many strays its hard to keep that population down . Cats should be neutered. There are lots of pet lovers in this world
lisa October 29, 2013 - 11:41 am
I think animals should be spayed and neutered. We had a large cat population in our area. I don't mind because they keep the mice down. What I don't like is having them get into the garden and using the yard as a litter box. Anyways, some group came through, caught them and had them spayed. Beyond that I have no clue.

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