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making a difference
January 19, 2009

On Martin Luther King Day, President-elect Barack Obama has asked Americans to devote this day, Monday, Jan. 19, to volunteer service.

I can respect this call for service for a lot of reasons; in my own world primarily because our Pug Rescue organization is a movement built on the selfless acts of compassionate caring volunteers working together as a united team for one common cause. And we are making a difference.

In the past two weeks alone we have:

• Helped save 4 pugs from being gassed in a kill shelter down south

Rescued 4 puppies on death's door from a backyard breeder

Placed 4 of the 8 Puppy Mill Rescues in safe loving forever homes

And this is only the start of the new year.

I am so proud to be part of an organization that serves as a voice for animals that don't have one, a safe haven for the forgotten, terrified, and wounded, and a second chance at a new life.

How will you serve?

It may not be breed rescue that is right for you, but find something close to your heart and consider donating your time, even one hour a week, to volunteer for something you believe in. The rewards are truly life changing for all involved.

Here are a couple ideas of how you can make a difference:

Stop by your local animal shelter with old blankets and toys.

Take your kids and their friends to the local Audubon center, animal sanctuary, or nature conservancy center to educate them about animals and the natural world.

Visit the elderly in nursing homes - ask the staff which residents receive no visitors and spend a little time with them. Most nursing homes will allow dogs to visit as well. I used to bring Pugsley and the visitors loved just sitting there and petting him. The dog provides a great buffer and conversation piece as well.

Write or email state and federal legislature to lobby against animal cruelty: http://www.hsus.org/legislation_laws/action_alerts

Do something to get involved. You'll be glad you did.

Posted by Lori on January 19, 2009 12:27 AM permalink Comments (5)

 

 

Nicole commented January 18, 2009 8:29 PM

i volunteer on sundays at the SPCA animal hospital so that's what I did today...tomorrow unfortunately I will be at work!! arg.

 

 

Mary commented January 18, 2009 9:38 PM

I started a pug rescue, and volunteer for our local SPCA. My 7 year old son helps with the rescue pugs too! Our local theater let us set up a table in the lobby today because of Hotel for Dogs, to promote the movie AND rescue. We were invited back every Sunday! The pugs got a lot of attention today!

Lori, it is truly amazing what Curly Tail Rescue has done for needy pugs in such a short time!

 

 

emily the biker pug commented January 18, 2009 10:11 PM

emily the biker pug says donate some warm clothes and blankets to your local shelters.
A lot of those humans need a helping hand in this economy too

 

 

Becky commented January 19, 2009 4:38 PM

I visited my aunt in the nursing home yesterday. I was so glad I did. She is glad to see a smiling face and have a little bit of company

 

 

LuLu and LoLLy commented January 20, 2009 11:30 AM

Thanks for the awesome post! We posted a link to the pug site and to the humane society action alert page on our website too, thanks to you calling attention to them here! We are 2 Maltese dogs and LoLLy is a rescue. We love pugs altho we have sometimes wondered if they have botox due to the look on their faces! :) Love, Your PaLs, LuLu and LoLLy! http://www.luluandlolly.com

 



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