Blog the Change for Animals – Consistently

Blog the Change for Animals - 4/15/11Reading 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 DogOpen 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.


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  1. “It’s like water pouring over a stone. Over centuries, it changes everything.”
    I really love that analogy, Pamela. Something to definitely think about when donating to your favourite charities.

    • It’s so easy to get discouraged when we think of all the needs. I think of the Grand Canyon when I want to remember how big change happens.

  2. I love your thinking Pamela. And that list from PPT. Reading some blogs can make me feel incredibly selfish that I’m not out there chained to a tree or sitting in the path of an oncoming whale harpoon.

    Your thinking (and PPT’s) is much more realistic and measured. I particularly like the idea of thanking the restaurant for letting your dog be with you. It’s the kind of simple, daily thing that everyone can do to change inherent attitudes towards animals. While we can add to the success of one shelter or cause, or adopt an animal or a few and better their lives…to change mass perceptions of what constitutes animal cruelty to begin with is a slow burn process that must take into account human nature, cultural practices and education. As you said so well…like water over stone. It’ll take a longer lifetime that what I have.

    But, for me, that would be the ultimate aim. Because, when perceptions change, there won’t be any more need for shelters or causes. To deconstruct a phrase I so often read…I believe that to save animals, we need to change one human at a time.

    Thanks again for this post :)

    • Thanks for your kind words. I really think your caring for Rufus through his various infirmities and sharing the struggles with humor and grace is a big way you make a difference.

      All of us who live with animals struggle with the best way to care for them. Your frank posts about the challenge of caring for an older dog mean a lot to me (but tell Georgia not to get offended; I’m not recommending Mr. Thumper take over her blog). :)

      So many people aren’t willing to live with the “inconveniences” that come with caring for an older dog. Or even an older human. But it’s all about love and patience and grace and consistency.

  3. Sometimes the smallest acts make the biggest difference. As someone who has also worked in charitable fundraising for the last five years… The best, most valuable donors are the ones who give what little they have when they can. Sure, and the large bequests are amazing. But they can’t be counted on year after year. That quiet man or woman, who sends in a $25.00 cheque every so often, that person is part of the stronghold of the organization. Without them, no charity could do the work they do. It’s truly amazing what difference one dollar can really make.

    • Thanks, Kristine, for adding your perspective. I’m going to try to be as faithful in giving to my favorite causes as my husband is with his church.

  4. Wow, what an original idea! You’re right – how many of us realize it would be better to provide throughout the year? Thank you! And all you do for the organization – kudos to you!

    Thank you for blogging the change!

    Kim Thomas from

  5. Thank you so much for supporting your local shelter! If everyone could just spare a little money for their local shelter and rescue organizations they could watch their city transform before their eyes.

  6. You know, I’ve never thought of that either! Of course it makes sense to make regular, reliable donations – it would definitely help with the budgeting process for the shelter! Great suggestion, Pamela!

    Thanks for blogging the change!

    Amy from and

    • Well, regular income makes it easier for us to budget too. I’m glad I don’t have to wait to the end of the year to be paid.

  7. What difference could one single drop of water make but your right over time every drop leaves its imprint and we can all make a difference kudos for you for the change im sure your aid has brought

  8. Very true Pamela. Very well put.

  9. Thanks for the wonderful post, Pamela! It is a perfect idea to send donations throughout the year, rather than one big one at the end. Like the butterfly, change is a continuous effort in the process of becoming.

    As a contributing writer at Be The Change 4 Animals, thank you for blogging the change today and every time you post!

  10. Excellent point!

  11. “It’s like water pouring over a stone. Over centuries, it changes everything.” Fabulous analogy. I definitely could do better in consistently supporting our causes. Thanks for the post!