What can one scruffy terrier pup do to help out homeless pets?
How about inspire his geocaching community, be a spokesdog for rescue, and raise needed cash for Save Our Homeless Pets, a volunteer group that serves at the shelter from which he was adopted? So how did Gizmo do all that?
In the Summer of 2010 he convinced me to donate a one-of-kind geocaching collectible and organize a raffle. He was a motivated dog and convinced other geopups to help out.
He contacted all his geocaching pals convince them to donate their signature collectible coins to his raffle. Over 20 of his pals said yes. Some donated hand made jewelry, custom caches and geocaching themed window clings. He attended geocaching events where he tirelessly sold raffle tickets and then organized a street party to sell the donated items and push those raffle tickets. The street party was also an opportunity for the community to contribute needed items from the Save Our Homeless Pets Wishlist. And he started his first Facebook page back then to keep everyone up to date on the progress of the fundraiser.
Save Our Homeless Pets assists in finding homes for many of the cats and dogs taken in by Polk County Animal Control, a division of our Sheriff’s Department. The group also uses its funds to improve the lives of the animals waiting at the shelter, providing such comfort as possible by donating beds to keep them off the cold damp concrete and toys to occupy the endless hours. The group, founded in 2007 by the super-dedicated Lisa Moehring, depends entirely on the work of volunteers and the funding by donations. You can keep up with the daily happenings at Save Our Homeless Pets on Facebook.
I’m proud to say that Gizmo raised just over $500.00 for Save Our Homeless Pets. Here he is with Lisa Moehring right after he presented her with the check.
Gizmo and I have started to collect items from the Save Our Homeless Pets wishlist and will be making quarterly donations this year. We believe that local rescues groups deserve our support and that change begins at home.
Today is the first quarterly Blog the Change Day of 2013, a day where pet bloggers unite to write about causes near and dear to their hearts, to raise awareness for issues impacting pets and their welfare, and to support and inspire the involvement of others in the rescue movement on a local basis. Visit BtCforanimals.com to join the Blog the Change movement and read what others are doing today to Be the Change.
Today’s 30/30 Challenge ticker:
And we hope it’s OK with our hosts Sugar and Kol that we still join in the Tasty Tuesday blog hop today…It’s one of our faves and we’d hate to miss a week…We promise next Tuesday we’ll have a great new recipe to share…