After fostering kittens and cats for the Charleston Animal Society as they worked on the No Kill Charleston 2015 community initiative, I found my passion for helping the homeless, ill, and small babies. After almost two years, I also became a foster home for another local non-profit, Pet Helpers. While continuing to support the Charleston Animal Society in various ways, expanding my volunteering has provided me so many more ways to help.
Through Pet Helpers and the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, I have become an Angel in the Outfield. Not only will I be promoting my current Pet Helpers' foster cat, Hamster, but two additional cats currently in Pet Helpers care have been assigned to me. In agreeing to help more animals, I can help them be exposed to hopefully help Pet Helpers meet the challenge to save an additional 500 lives this summer (June/July/August 2014). That means 1,000 dogs and cats, left by their owners, found in the streets, or fending for themselves will be placed into new homes where they can have a life they deserve.
What does this mean for even more animals and Pet Helpers you may ask? They cannot begin to describe to you what a difference $100,000 could make for the animals of Charleston and the Tri County area. The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge grant will fund lifesaving programs, such as providing additional spay/neuter surgeries and increasing innovative adoption programs. It could help Pet Helpers educate our community about pet overpopulation and the need to become a more humane community. It would help this organization continue to provide their shelter animals the very best care while they await adoption into their forever homes.
It was once popular to say it takes a community to raise a child, but one thing everyone working with these homeless animals know, to achieve so much can't be done alone. It takes a community to save so many lives and provide safe haven for many cats, dogs, rabbits, etc., that do not have their forever family
You, too, can make a difference in the lives of these animals. If you can't adopt, foster. If you can't foster, donate either monetary funds or join Pet Helpers' team as an Angel in the Outfield, and help them save 1,000 lives.