HOW YOU CAN HELP

There are so many easy ways to help animals…

1. Join our network! Sign up to get our newsletter here: c4p@mediaintelligence.ca. Then, when you get our Sunday newsletter, cross-post it to friends, colleagues, family and social networks.

2. Adopt or Foster!  To find a breed specific, or all-breed dog rescue organization, click on: www.speakingofdogs.com and search their directory.

3. Send donations/supplies to local shelters and rescues:  

* dog/cat crates and carriers * towels and blankets * baby or kitten wipes for the little ones * dog or cat food, canned or dry * cat litter, clumping, and cat toys * dog collars/leashes/harnesses/lift and assists/beds/ramps/strong, safe dog toys * cleaning products * cell phone cards *essential for animal emergencies * send local rescues gift certificates to stores, gas stations, or various pet stores to local rescues!

4. Engage your politicians: 

Members of Canadian Senate:
www.parl.gc.ca

Members of Parliament (MPs):
www.webinfo.parl.gc.ca

Find your Member of Parliament using your postal code: 
www.parl.gc.ca

Ontario Legislative Assembly – Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs): 
www.ontla.on.ca

5. Encourage friends/family to sign up for C4P Animal Rescue Sunday newsletter:   c4p@mediaintelligence.ca

6. Add a tag line or images to your email “signature” that advocates for animals:  

Don’t breed or buy while shelter pets die!  Make adoption your first option!  It’s hip to snip! Please don’t litter:  spay or neuter your pet. Buying a pet shop dog or cat is not a rescue! If you can… adopt. If you can’t adopt… foster. If you can’t foster… donate. If you can’t donate… transport. If you can’t transport… network and crosspost!

Active outreach is key!  We can and do make miracles happen!

7. Stuck for a Christmas, graduation, birthday, anniversary present?   Buy rescue product or subscriptions for loved ones.

8. Attend a seminar, workshop or animal advocacy event:  bring your kids and help educate the next generation

9. INTERVENE… A simple story of advocacy… this may help others be proactive in situations where they are reticent to intervene… It was one of the coldest Toronto winter nights when I heard a dog barking and barking. I suspected who it was, as I had heard a young dog bark in a garden for extended periods of time on numerous occasions. On one occasion I was told by the mother, who I bumped into behind their back fence, that she was trying to train the puppy because the puppy didn’t like to be alone. Caught off guard at having been seen behind her fence, I didn’t ask all the questions I later wished I had, but I didn’t have a good feeling about this form of so-called training. That cold night I let an hour pass and went to explore. Sure enough, it was the 8 month-old puppy who lives with the woman, her husband and their two children. They appear to be nice enough people – seemingly friendly and outgoing, with lots of family activities, so I was confounded by what I saw on this cold evening: they were inside the house, the dog was out in the garden, barking to be let in at their large sliding glass doors, and no one was letting her in. I went home and fumed, let another half hour pass and called the police. A receptionist assured me I was right to call and said she would send an officer over. An hour later the dog was still barking. I called the police again and was told an officer had been there 30 minutes before. The receptionist sent an officer back and at 11:00pm I received a call from the officer who wanted to make sure I heard no more barking before she left the area. The barking had finally stopped. In the weeks that followed my two calls to the police, I was relieved, also a little anxious, wondering if the police visits might have provoked a negative response. About a month after that night, I was relieved to see the puppy out in the front garden with a big stick in her mouth, her tail wagging, and son and father both acting kindly toward her. I only ever hear her bark for short periods of time now (maybe 10 minutes), so I’m happy I made those two calls that night. (Ed note: Well done, Jennifer, well done! And also, well done Toronto Police!)

10. Or…. Don’t do something: Take a pass on breeders, zoos, marine parks, rodeos, circuses, animal-related vacations, flea markets or any event or service (Craig’s List/Kijiji) that uses/buys/sells animals commercially!

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