Animal shelters running huge ad campaigns on television seem to be the latest craze. Of course only the largest shelters can afford such campaigns and the pay off is no doubt worth the effort on their part. But is that what you really want to support when donating your hard earned money to a cause?
Likewise, I’m sure you have all received the mailings from such groups with everything from pennies and nickels to custom address labels attached as your FREE gift. Considering the size of their memberships alone this has to cost a pretty penny. Wouldn’t there be a better way to spend that money? Does that penny, nickel or custom address label sent to you really influence you to donate? This is a complete waste of money that could be used to feed, medicate and save the very animals they are asking for money to help.
So how can you be sure that your donation goes to the animals and not to huge marketing campaigns? the answer is to go local. These are the groups that will be working to help YOU and the animals in YOUR area to begin with. So why not support them?
The benefits to this are numerous. You will be helping animals in your area, getting them off your streets and providing the care they need until they can be adopted. If and when the time comes that you find a stray or injured animal and need assistance being a donor can help your cause. For instance, many no-kill shelters have waiting lists to get an animal in to them. But if you are a member and make regular donations…your wait may not be as long. As the old saying goes, one hand washes the other.
You will be able to witness your money helping the ones in need. Small, local shelters as a general rule could never afford to do major television ads or mass mailing campaigns to generate donations. More than likely they will be doing bake sales, rummage sales, tag days and walk-a-thons to raise their money. Hard work being done by hard working local volunteers that really do care.
Almost every community has a local animal shelter or lives near a community that does. If you really want your money to go to the animals this is a much better choice. In the Chicagoland area and suburbs there are many:
* Tree House Animal Foundation
* Paws Chicago
* Animal Welfare League
* Lake Shore Animal Foundation
* APA’s Harmony House For Cats
* Hindsdale Humane Society
* Naperville Humane Society
This is only a few, there are many more and they all need as much help as they can get. Look at their websites, visit them, think about volunteering your time, consider being a foster home, make regular donations or best of all adopt!