Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy National Dog Day!

To celebrate National Dog Day, WAG is recognizing the dogs that need to be rescued, acknowledging family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.   We'll be donating 25% of our coffee sales from August 26th to select local rescues and service dogs.  

 While adopting a dog is a fantastic way to support shelters, it is not always a viable option, but there are other ways to support shelters besides adoption.  Interested in getting involved but don’t know how?  Here are three simple ways to get more involved:

Pick a Rescue
For starters, pick a rescue!  There are many rescues operating in Ottawa and the surrounding area, some of which are breed specific.  Are you a fan of Greyhounds?  Then maybe the Greyhound Supporters of the NCR is the rescue for you.  Have you got a soft spot for larger breeds?  Check out Friendly Giants Dog Rescue.  Maybe you want to make a difference in the lives of dogs rescued from puppy mills.  If so, LOYAL Rescue might be just what you are looking for.  Take a look online at ottawadogblog.ca for a full list of Ottawa rescues.

Make a Donation
A lot of hard work, time and money is required to rescue dogs.  Many of them arrive to the shelters in poor health and require medical attention, which unfortunately means expensive veterinary bills and medication.  Whether it is a one-time donation or a monthly one, financial donations are always appreciated.  Most shelters will also accept donations in the form of collars, leashes, food, treats and toys.  Want to buy Fido a new collar but don’t know what to do with the old one?  Donate it! Are you stuck with at big bag of dog kibble that Scruffy absolutely refuses to eat? Donate it!  Does Rufus have a favourite toy but ignores the rest?  Donate them!  Call up the shelter to get a better idea of what they might be in need of, or stop by WAG and drop off your donated items and we will give them to a shelter for you. 

Foster A Dog
Interested in caring for a dog, but aren’t sure if you can make the long-term commitment?  Become a foster parent!  Many rescue organizations have foster programs, in which you volunteer to care for a dog until a permanent home can be found for it.  This is a fantastic way to volunteer and become more involved with a particular rescue.

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