Welcome to the all new Long Life Cats and Dogs blog, where we aim to raise awareness, funds, food, etc for the fabulous people who run Pro-Life (No-Kill) Shelters for abused, abandoned and neglected pets. These shelters work tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate societies unlucky pets. They try to find suitable “forever” homes for as many of the animals in their care as possible. For the balance, they provide a permanent home at the shelter, giving them food, medical care and love for the rest of their lives.
The passion and dedication exhibited by these shelters is phenomenal. This is no 9-5 job. Animals need care daily, throughout weekends and holidays. All funding for these organisations is obtained from private donations, with no state funding. The time and effort involved, leaves the organisers with precious little room to concentrate on fund raising, news reports, events, etc.
My aim, with Long Life Cats and Dogs, is to provide a regular news feed for these shelters, aimed at raising awareness for the plight of the animals, the need for adoptions and the raising of funds for them to continue their work.
I will be visiting each of the sponsored shelters on a regular basis, providing news updates, photographs and stories.
There are so many ways in which you can help, starting with simply helping to get this blog to go viral. Help to get as many people as possible reading the blog. The more people reading it, the better the exposure for the shelters, the more chance of people adopting animals and giving ideas for fund raising and, ultimately, the better the chances of the shelters being able to remain open. Adoptions from and donations to these shelters has been hard hit by the recession and we are desperate to raise awareness for their plight.
Another simple way to help, would be to organise a food and donation box at your office. Collections can then be arranged, within the Gauteng area, with no further work required from your side. Certificates are provided to both the company and individuals for the valued help and support. Presentations can be arranged for the staff, allowing everyone to know what Long Life Cats and Dogs are doing and where their donations are going.
Flea Market sales items are always welcome. We regularly attend Flea Markets, in an attempt to raise awareness and funds from the sale of these items. Almost anything can be sold, although many of the Flea Markets do not allow second hand clothing.
My next blog will cover the Shelters currently being sponsored, additional ways in which you can help and we will be starting the news feeds with the stories of the animals I have fostered, bottle fed and homed for these shelters. Stay tuned for cute and adorable pictures and stories.