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How You Can Support Local Animal-Related Charities

Your adopted dog Rocco has become your best friend, and you’re thrilled that you found him through an animal rescue group. Rocco now has a cushy life filled with several beds (including yours), many toys, regular walks, and the best dog food available. He even gets regular checkups with his Cedar Park veterinarian. Now that Rocco has made your life better, you’d like to support the animal rescue group that connected you with your canine buddy. You’d also like to give back to other animal-related charities in your town.

Rescue Group Volunteer Work

While you already donate clothing and household items to your favorite rescue group’s thrift store, you’d like to take a more “hands on” approach to helping this dedicated group of animal lovers. If the group participates in community festivals and pet fairs, perhaps you and Rocco would enjoy serving as goodwill ambassadors during each event. Complete a volunteer orientation, and ask if you and Rocco can wear official rescue group T-shirts or bandannas while you tell people about the group’s activities.

Charity Walk Participation

Since Rocco loves his daily walks, channel that boundless energy into an animal-related organization’s Charity Walk. These events function much like “Walk-a-Thons,” with organizers inviting walkers to get sponsorship pledges for each mile or lap walked. All proceeds benefit the sponsoring organization. Ask your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to sponsor you and Rocco. Also, even if your town doesn’t have an official animal-focused walk, see if you and Rocco can participate in a Charity Walk that benefits another worthy cause.

Birthday or Holiday Gift Donations

While you love to receive birthday and holiday gifts, your gift drawer is overflowing from your relatives’ and friends’ generosity. This year, consider suggesting a donation to your favorite animal-related group instead. Find your favorite Rocco photograph, preferably one in which he looks especially charming, and send a card or email to people from whom you normally receive gifts. Include a link to your favorite animal group’s website donation page.

Pet-Related Craft Workshop

Since you love creating crafts, get a few like-minded friends together for a craft party that benefits your local rescue group or animal shelter. Perhaps the group needs dog or cat beds; or maybe they’re fresh out of colorful cat toys. Once you determine the group’s needs, spend an evening making these much-appreciated comfort items. Of course, when these deserving pets find good homes, they’ll take the beds or toys along with them.

When Rocco next visits his Cedar Park vet, he’ll be pleased to hear that Rocco is “paying it forward” by helping other adoptable pets in his community.

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