5 Easy Ways to Help Dogs from Home

One of my favorite shows on t.v. is this series called Pitbulls and Parolees on Animal Planet. The show is about Tia Torres, a truly amazing individual who runs the Villalobos Rescue Center together with her two daughters, Tania and Mariah.

It is amazing how much adversity they have faced, and yet they are still very committed, and do their absolute best to give both dogs and people a second chance.

Many of us love dogs very much, but may not have a lot of funds to donate to a dog rescue or shelter. Times are tough, and many of us are struggling and working hard, just to keep things afloat. Even so, heroes like Tia show us that there is much that we can do to help dogs who are in need, and to help promote responsible dog ownership.

Here are 5 easy ways to help dogs without leaving our home. It will not cost us any extra money, and will not involve very much effort. All we need is our trusty computer, and reliable online access.

Help Dogs 1 – Amazon Shopping

Nowadays, I get many of my household items from Amazon including cooking utensils, toothpaste, canned goods, as well as dog supplies such as dog toys, and dog food. All this amounts to a sizable Amazon bill every month.

How can my Amazon purchases help dogs?

It turns out that many dog rescues and shelters have their own Amazon store, or Amazon ads on their website. If we visit Amazon through our favorite dog rescue site, they will get a commission for any purchases we make. Note - it does not matter if we buy from their store or not, as long as we visit Amazon from their storefront or website ad.

In this way, we easily make a contribution to them through our regular online shopping. The amount we pay to Amazon will be the same. The only difference is that when we go to Amazon directly, then Amazon gets to pocket the commission.

In addition, if you are involved with a dog rescue organization, consider putting up an Amazon store or link to expand your contribution alternatives.

Help Dogs 2 – Click for Free Kibble

Freekibble.com is a fun site that helps to feed homeless dogs and cats.

Every day, there is a new dog related trivia question on the site. By simply clicking on one of the answers, the site sponsors will donate some free kibble to shelters, rescues, and food-banks across the country. It does not matter whether we answered correctly or not. A donation is made just for our participation!

In fact, I only just visited the site and earned a 10 piece kibble donation.

It is true that 10 pieces of kibble may not seem like much, but if 100,000 people click, that is 1 million pieces of kibble. It is simple and fun, so I usually drop by in the early morning before firing up my e-mail.

It is a great way to start to my day!

The Animal Rescue Site also donates food to shelter animals based on clicks.

Help Dogs 3 – Vote on Google

One of the largest villains in dogdom is the puppy mill. Not surprisingly, passionate dog lovers have a fair number of disagreements over dog training methods, and lifestyle choices. However, pretty much everyone agrees that puppy mills are just bad, bad, bad.

Despite this concerted effort, puppy mills are still around and still going strong.Why?

There is great demand for purebred puppies and designer dogs, which translates to a lot of money if we do not mind cutting some corners, exploiting dogs, and lying to people. Many puppy mills go to great lengths to deny what they actually are. They create fuzzy websites, with seemingly happy looking dogs, in beautiful pastoral surroundings. They claim to have AKC registration papers, and offer to send pictures of their healthy puppies. However, reality turns out to be quite different from their well-constructed illusion. Here is a great article from the ASPCA on Puppy Scams and Cons.

In addition, these puppy mill sites and the online puppy stores, are very willing to engage in spammy web practices in order to gain online visibility. When I do a Google search on “buy puppy” or “buy Siberian Husky“, there are many puppy stores that appear at the top of my search results.

One thing that we can do, is use Google to filter out these crappy puppy mill and online store sites.

  1. Log into our Google account. If we do not have a Google Account, we can sign up for one here.
  2. Go to our Blocked Sites page.
  3. Enter in the URL that we want to block, and click the Block button.
  4. Repeat step 3 for each crappy puppy mill site. We can block up to 500 sites.

This blocking function will not only clean up our Google results page and enhance our search experience, but it will also indicate to Google that this is a rubbish site. If enough people block these puppy store sites, then they will likely get downgraded in the general Google Search rankings. This will cause them to lose online visibility, and limit their access to new customers.

By blocking a site, only your own search results will be directly affected. However, Google may use blocking information to improve the ranking of search results overall.

~~[Google Support]

Help Dogs 4 – Write

The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.

~~[Norbet Platt]

Writing is good for the soul. It can help us dispel anger, frame our thoughts, structure our chaotic emotions, and help us regain balance. It allows us to share knowledge, exchange information, and explore new worlds together, hand in hand.

Writing can also be used to help our dogs.

In fact, we do not even have to write about dogs; we can write about whatever we want. There are many free writing websites today that will host our articles for free, and also share advertising revenue with us. HubPages is one such site. Another one is Squidoo.

The nice thing about Squidoo is that they allow us to put a portion of our earnings directly into a charity of our choice. There are currently over 200 charity options at Squidoo, including dog related organizations such as the ASPCA. Squidoo itself is also active in terms of its charitable donations.

In October 2008, Squidoo donated $80,000 to charity. [...] On October 13, 2010, the company donated an additional $275,000 to charity to celebrate their 5th anniversary.

~~[Wikipedia]

Of course we can also just write on HubPages, and donate some of our earnings to the rescue or shelter of our choice, through PayPal.

Help Dogs 5 – Spread the Word

The power of online activity is that we have the power to get other people involved. What we do individually may seem small, but if we are able to get our friends involved, then the resulting network effect could make a very significant difference. Once an idea gains online social momentum, it will be difficult to stop.

In short, we can make all this happen with just a few clicks, and right from the comfort of our living rooms. Let us all make a difference for dogs everywhere, because they have already made such a big and positive difference for us.

 

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.

~~[Abraham Lincoln]

 

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.

~~[Alfred A. Montapert]

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Comments

  1. Maria says

    Today I saw a truck with a lot of dogs inside. One of them stuck it’s head out and started barking at me and its eyes were red. My dad said that it means the dog is unhealthy and not well trained. Did the owner get them from a puppy mill or something?

    • shibashake says

      It is not possible to say. Unfortunately, dogs get neglected in a variety of different situations. There are just not many laws that protect dogs, and even those that do exist, are usually not well enforced. Personally, I think there should be more controls at the point of sale (i.e. breeder level) so that there won’t be so many homeless dogs and better matching between dog and owner.

  2. Lisa says

    I need help before it is to late. I have two dogs that I rescued at a bridge last year. They were starving little puppies. I had to have the girls eye removed due to injury. They are doing great except for now they chase cars and trucks. I live in the country on a dead end road. I have woods on one side and back of my yard. My road frontage is very long. Darla and Spanky run free. They are only pinned at night in a large cage. They do not go to neighbors houses. They are chasing cars that go by our home. Neither will stop nor come to me when I call for them when I here a car coming or when they are chasing. I do not have the money to enclose four acres of land. I was told to just put an invisible fence across the road frontage of our yard. I think it would not work because I think they would then go into the woods to go around or they would run and take the shock but not come home. Any ideas on what I can try. I tried pitting a leash in them as soon as I heard a car but once the car came they got out of their collar and took off chasing. Please give me some help before it is to late. Thank you.
    Lisa

    • shibashake says

      This ASPCA article has a good list of techniques on recall training (teaching a dog to come when called).
      http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-articles/teaching-your-dog-to-come-when-called

      Dogs often chase after cars because of prey drive. Prey drive is an inborn instinct that all dogs have – some more than others.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prey_drive

      We can redirect prey drive, and we can train our dogs not to treat certain things as prey, but the drive will always be there.

      Therefore, I personally would not take any chances when it comes to dogs and cars. I fence up an exercise area for my dogs (it could be a smaller area to save on cost), and then I take them out walking on-leash every day. We walk from about 1-4 hours depending on the temperature and their energy level. I use a no-slip collar and a secure 6 foot leather leash.

      As for invisible fences, I agree with you. They are unreliable, risky, increase stress levels in dogs, and can significantly lower quality of life. Polsky’s study also shows that they can cause increased aggression in dogs. Not something that I would use or recommend to others.

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