A few weeks ago I wrote a post about a special campaign that Sergeant’s is running that will help provide health care kit to various animal shelters across the country. Sergeants has pledged to send one kit for every pledge that is made, up to 5,000 kits.
Making a pledge is easy and it’s FREE to do. All you need to do is visit the emBARK on Pet Health website and click on the plege button. It will only ask for a little information, such as your e-mail address (nothing really personal). In addition to helping a pet in need you can also receive a $3.00 off coupon for Sergeant’s Pet Products.
Here are the details about the campaign.
There are nearly 70 million dog owners and 74 million cat owners in the United States, and while many of these pet owners know it is important to keep their pets healthy, they don’t necessarily think about the things they should be doing on an ongoing basis to ensure that health. Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, a leading pet care product company, and actress and animal advocate Tiffani Thiessen, are joining together to emBARK on Pet Health by educating and empowering these families during Responsible Pet Owners month (February).
The emBARK on Pet Health campaign asks pet owners to take a simple pledge to become more mindful of their pet’s ongoing needs at www.emBARKonPetHealth.com. Each pledge will trigger the donation of a Sergeant’s Pet Health Kit, which – with the help of the American Humane Association – will be sent to help one of the millions of animals waiting for their forever homes at local shelters nationwide. Sergeant’s Pet Care Products is committed to donating up to 5,000 kits, which will ensure that these animals are sent home with all the products they need to get started on a healthy and happy life together after adoption.
My family and I have been doing all we can for our local animal shelter for many years (at least 15+ years). We donate money, food, blankets, pet products and cleaning supplies whenever possible.
Volunteers are greatly needed, and appreciated, at any animal shelter. There is so much that needs to be done, from feeding the animals to cleaning out their pens, and from walking dogs to administrative/clerical work. They also need volunteers to help at local events and fundraisers. It doesn’t matter if you have an hour a week to spare, or an hour a month, any time you can offer as a volunteer at a local shelter would be a huge help. You don’t even need to be a pet owner, or lover, to help out. As long as you are a compassionate soul who wants to help out those in need that is all that matters. Even children and teenagers can help out. You’ll need to check with your local shelter for age restrictions and limitations. For example, at our shelter you have to be 13 to handle the cats and small critters and 15 to handle the dogs.
If you have a camera and love to take photographs you should consider volunteering to take pictures of the animals available for adoption. I did that for a while at our local shelter. I was one of their official photographers. Not only did I take photos that were used for local publications and PetFinder.org, but I also took photographs fo their events for their newsletter and to share with the community.
I loved taking pictures of the beautiful animals. It was especially heart warming when I found out that animals found their “forever homes” thanks to one of my photos that they saw online or in the newspaper.
I volunteered my time whenever I had a chance. Usually it was an hour a day, 2-3 times per week. Trust me, that hour flew by quickly because I had way too much fun interacting with all the wonderful dogs and cats.
Here are a few of the photos I took for our local animal shelter.
Volunteering at our local shelter was one of the most heart-warming and rewarding experiences. Sadly I am unable to continue taking pictures for the shelter, but I do donate supplies as often as I can.
Animal shelters need A LOT of supplies. Here are just a few supplies that are greatly appreciated.
- Blankets, comforters, pillow cases and towels for bedding.
- Pet food
- Litter and shavings
- Pet Toys
- Leashes and collars
- Medical supplies
- Office supplies (paper, pens, printer paper, tape, folders…)
- Cleaning supplies
- Hand wipes and/or hand sanitizer
- Unused cages and carriers (meaning those you no longer have a need for).
In addition you could also consider fostering a pet in need until their forever home is found. As a foster mom to a pair of day old kittens I can tell you it was a wonderful, heart warming experience. It was a lot of work (they had to be bottle fed every 2-3 hours), but very rewarding.
We had never cared for newborn kittens before, so it was an experience. They were one day old when they were brought into the shelter. Someone found them in a dumpster. I was told the area where they were found (an industrial park) people would find stray kittens and just toss them in the dumpsters like they were trash. How sick is that? 🙁
Sadly Emma was very sick and had to be put to sleep when she was only 19 days old. Poor sweet little baby. 🙁
The above picture was taken only a couple of days before she passed away.
As for Bella, well, if you read my blog often you know that we adopted her.
Be forewarned, you are most likely going to fall in love with your foster pet. So make sure you are ready to give them back to the shelter when they are found a forever home, or prepare yourself to keep them yourself. 🙂
Thanks to Sergeant, several shelters are going to be receiving much needed supplies in the form of “kits”.
Each “kit” is worth $50 and contains;
- Sergeant’s Whiff Shampoo
- PurLuv Sizzlin Strips
- SENTRY Petrodex Dental Kit
- SENTRY Calming Collar for dogs with Good Behavior pheromone technology
- Sergeant’s Vetscription Joint Eze Plus
The shelters that are benefiting from all the emBARK pledges are;
Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
100 United Land
Teterboro, NJ 07608
Humane Society of Atlantic County
1401 Absecon Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Big Dog Rescue Ranch
10948 Acme Rd.
Wellington, FL 33414
Humane Society of North Texas
1840 E Lancaster Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76103
Guardians of Rescue
34 E. Main St., Suite 303
Smithtown, NY 11787
Tri County Humane Society
21287 Boca Rio Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33433
655 North Mojave Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
As you can see, taking the emBARK pledge is very beneficial to pets in need around the country. It only takes a minute of your time and it’s FREE to do. To take the pledge please visit www.emBARKonPetHealth.com and click on the paw on the left side of the screen, or click on the Take the Pledge tab on top of the screen.
♥ THANK YOU! ♥
*I am participating blogger in this campaign with The Motherhood and Sergeants.