Thursday, July 9, 2009

Christmas in July (and year-round)

The other day something happened that made me feel proactive, so be prepared for something of a soapbox rant. I was at the grocery store -went there for bun vegetables- and got into a discussion with a customer service rep who had just acquired a rabbit. It was the method of acquisition that was the impetus for this post: she got the rabbit from a fellow employee who had found it in a duffel bag on the street with an evicted family's belongings on a day when the temperature was 106. Now the rabbit is safe and has a good home, but it shows that everyone who likes animals must do all they possibly can.

In this economy (ITE), everyone has limits, but here are some ways to maximize efforts to help animals, within your own personal circumstances it might just be taking care of the ones you have:

1. Know a Radko ornament collector and need to get that person a present? See if any of the ornaments listed at the Sacramento House Rabbit Society's website would fill the bill.

2. Get your furperson a new fleece mat from Palace Pet and choose a charity from the list and that charity will receive 5% of the purchase price. (I've tried the deluxe and I still have the original ones from 2004, they make great bun loafing spots and fit in carriers too--and wash up well.)

3. Look into whether or not your employer will match your charitable donations, particularly possible if they are involved in United Way campaigns.

4. Some local humane societies have their own thrift stores staffed by volunteers through donations; you could donate unwanted items, volunteer your time, or participate in the recycling of merchandise by purchasing things you need yourself or can give as gifts. For a small investment of time and money you have made a definite contribution to the well-being of your fellow creatures.

5. Finally,when you do need to shop on a larger scale, see which online businesses are a part of, so part of your purchases there will go to the charity of your choice (particularly if you do a fair amount of shopping on or another online retailer), patronize eBay sites run by animal nonprofits, or shop for all kinds of handmade items from's Etsy for Animals team.

And I'm sure there are many more ways too, the furs thank you for your time and attention.

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