About Me: Practicing What I Preach
I regularly undertake a number of the ways to help animals that are suggested on this site:
When I’m well enough, I visit animal charity shops, looking for items suitable to donate to online fundraising events that animal rescues run on Facebook. I donate some of the fundraising store items from this website to them too. I also buy from these animal rescue fundraising events all year round, and give the items I have collected as gifts to friends and family on special occasions.
In addition, I am the admin for a number of groups on Facebook where animal rescues promote their fundraisers.
A link to these auctions, sales, draws, and other fundraising events, can be found on the charity gifts page.
I am registered with the Home check Volunteer pages and groups on Facebook, and I have carried out a number of home checks in my local area. These home checks are done for rescues all over the UK and abroad, and they make sure their animals go to good, safe homes.
Before I became too often unwell, I was registered with Animal Transport Volunteer pages and groups on Facebook. This is where people offer to transport a pound dog or cat (or other rescued animal) part of a journey. Their journey may be from the pound to a life saving rescue space at an animal rescue, or from a rescue to its new forever home. Without these volunteers, many animals’ lives would be lost.
For details on the home check and transport volunteer Facebook pages, see the Animal Volunteer page on this site.
Below: Me doing one leg of a journey to transport a dog to safety.
I crosspost animals who are on death row in local authority pounds on social media sites such as Facebook, trying to help find elusive rescue spaces for them that would save their lives. If more people fostered and adopted pets, and fewer people bought pets on a whim and then abandoned them, more life saving rescue spaces would be available and fewer pets would be put to death.
On social media sites I sign and share campaign posts and petitions, as well as other posts that raise awareness about animal suffering and what to do to help stop it.
I wear clothing items, and carry accessories, with information on them that spread awareness about animal cruelty, some of which are from this site’s fundraising store.
Image: T-shirt in the fundraising store exposing the cruel truth about dairy farming
I sell items on eBay For Charity to raise money for animal rescues and charities.
I donate used ink cartridges, and stamps, to help animal rescues and charities raise funds. I donate clothes and bric-a-brac to animal charity shops. Even damaged clothing can be used by some animal charity shops to raise funds by selling them to textile merchants. Some animal rescues have volunteers who use damaged or worn clothing to make items for the animals, or items to sell in aid of the rescue. I also donate new or unused items to animal rescues for them to use as tombola and raffle prizes on their fundraising stalls.
Image: A van load of supplies being donated to dog rescues in Eastern European countries.
I volunteer as a fund raiser for a local animal rescue when I am well enough, and organise for food, coats, leads and other items to be donated and transported to very poor rescues in Eastern Europe. These rescues struggle to survive every day. Many are genuine, but be on the look out for scammers too.
I fostered, and then adopted, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (the softest breed ever!). I also fostered a Staffie cross to save him from death row in a UK dog pound, and another staffie cross. Without the fantastic cross-posters and animal transport volunteers, the dog I fostered, and many others would not be with us today.
Image: My first foster dog, a dog rescued from death row at a dog pound, frightened and confused, snuggling into my adopted dog.
I am a member of a number of groups where people sell animals. On social media sites where it is against their policy to allow selling of pets on their site, I report the posts where the site allows.
When people post saying they want to buy a puppy or kitten, I respectfully ask them if they would consider a rescued pet. I tell them about how they would be saving a life because them adopting would make a life saving rescue space available. This could go to one of the many pets in local authority pounds that will otherwise be put to death after the short period they are allowed there.
When people advertise their pets for re-homing on social media sites either free or for a low price, I respectfully let them know about the dangers of re-homing on social media sites. I encourage them to re-home through a reputable rescue that does thorough checks on potential adopters so that they know it is a safe home for the pet.
When doing it, I have to be careful not to make anyone feel affronted, otherwise the message is lost and all they think about is how affronted I have made them feel.
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