Reading dog blogs reveals an impressive number of ways people help animals. As you hop around to other bloggers today, you’ll see calls to take political action at Champion of My Heart and Rescued Insanity.
Other bloggers have called attention to organizations doing good work like Turtle Gardens Animal Rescue over at Your Holistic Dog, Open Paw Shelter Program at Grouchy Puppy Dog Days, or Gabriel’s Angels over at Will My Dog Hate Me?
And Vicky over at Paw Print City Times says it doesn’t matter what you do to help animals as long as you do something. She prints a whole list of suggestions.
I’m going to agree with Vicky. There are so many needs and no one person can lead every crusade. But I’m going to add my plea for consistency.
One of my pet causes to support is my local SPCA. When Nathan Winograd was the executive director, they became one of the first no-kill shelters in the country. They provide behavioral consultations and training classes as well as free rabies clinics and discounted spay and neuter. They offer safe and carefully supervised play groups to which dogs with “issues” are invited to learn better skills.
Every year I make, what is for me, a large donation and support various special causes throughout the year. But as I was looking at the fundraising calendar I bought from them, I saw quarterly dates urging regular donations.
Now I’ve worked for nonprofits my entire life. I’ve even done fund raising. And yet it completed eluded me that one of my pet causes might benefit far more from consistent gifts throughout the year instead of my waiting to the end to make one larger donation.
So I sent a donation last week. And have marked my calendar to repeat it soon.
Consistency, faithfulness, constancy–whatever you want to call it–that’s what makes the difference over time. It’s like water pouring over a stone. Over centuries, it changes everything.