WAYS OUR WEBSITE VISITORS ARE HELPING ANIMALS
We love to learn of how our website visitors use their time, skills, talents and abilities to help raise funds for animals in desperate need, or to raise awareness of their plight.
If you feel inspired by these compassionate people, you can see many ideas of different ways you may be able to help too, in the How To Stop Animal Cruelty & Suffering section.
Below are just a few examples of what our website visitors are doing to help animals…
HOLLYWOOD FUND RAISING EVENTS WITH DJ LICKERISH
Upset by the images of animal abuse she saw, and cruelty she heard about, website visitor DJ Lickerish, felt that she wanted to do something to help stop it.
The animal loving DJ performs sets in the Hollywood and Los Angeles area of California and has chosen to use her skills to hold regular fund raising events. They are at well known North Hollywood club, Club Cobra, in the LGBT community. All the proceeds will go to help stop world wide animal cruelty and suffering.
Many people just shake their heads and say how terrible the cruelty is, which does nothing to help. But DJ Lickerish, AKA Jessica Cortes, has decided to actively make a difference.
Below: Big hearted website visitor DJ Lickerish is running fund-raising events in the Cobra Club, North Hollywood, to raise funds to help stop animal cruelty and suffering worldwide. In the event below, actress and animal activist Kirsten Renton, will be the celebrity host.
In the event shown in the flyer above, actress and animal activist Kirsten Renton, will be the celebrity host. The actress is known for starring in, among other things, Days Of Our Lives, Sons Of Anarchy, Strictly Sexual: The Series, and MTV’s Now What?
The more people who attend these events, the more money is raised to save more innocent animals from suffering, and you can help by attending, sharing and publicising these events on social networking sites, and any other places you can.
Below: DJ Lickerish is running fantastic fund-raising events in the Hollywood area, such as the event below, to raise funds to help stop animal cruelty and suffering worldwide.
LIFE SAVING DOG COATS
A website visitor called Diane saw the Knitting & Sewing For Charity page on which it mentions, that in some Eastern European countries, the rescues are extremely poor and the winters get extremely cold. This results in many dogs dying or falling gravely ill. Veterinary care is very basic in many of these places and the rescues have hardly any public support in their own country. This is due to most citizens seeing the street dogs as vermin and are known to attack, torture and kill them.
Diane, from the UK, contacted us and volunteered to make the dogs warm, waterproof coats. They turned out to be of wonderful quality and surely saved innocent dogs lives. She made them so quickly too, so as many rescues as possible got them in time for the cold winter. She is such a dedicated lady! The coats went to an organisation called “Marianne’s Food Bank”, a group that collects supplies for rescues and shares them among them. Both Marianne’s Food Bank and the rescues were thrilled with her coats, and very thankful for them.
Below: Some of website visitor Diane’s life saving dog coats that get dogs through the harsh winters in Eastern Europe
YOUNG WEBSITE VISITORS DO SCHOOL PROJECTS TO SPREAD AWARENESS
Many of our website visitors are young people, passionately against cruel treatment of animals. Considering young people are the future of the world, it is heart warming to hear their compassion. They give me hope that things really will change as more people are made aware of the animal suffering that goes on, and fight against it.
Some of these young people choose to do school projects about animal cruelty, using information from the website. By doing projects they can share with their classmates, such as presentations, posters, leaflets or displays, they can raise awareness of animal cruelty and suffering among a large number of people who may well not otherwise have learned about it.
Below: This fantastic tri-folding leaflet full of facts about factory farming, was created by Michal Abraham for a project at school in Istanbul, Turkey. This talented student wanted to educate his school community about the cruelty involved. You can see both sides of his tri-folding leaflet below.
Website Visitor Marianne Hellon, from Cumbria in the UK, panicked when her fun loving and adventurous Boxer Dog Puppy, Parker, escaped from her garden.
As Marianne and her family frantically searched for Parker, they got news they had dreaded, that a dog had been killed nearby by a car.
Still holding on to the desperate hope that the dog involved in the accident was not their beloved Parker, sadly their worst fears were confirmed.
To add to this terrible trauma, they found that after hitting him, the callous driver had just left poor Parker on the road.
Below: Marianne’s beloved Boxer Puppy, Parker
Marianne was, as you can imagine, completely devastated by this traumatic event, and felt she would never be able to feel happy again.
As she battled to heal her broken heart, she recalled that she had recently heard that there were dog rescues that specialised in specific breeds (see the Find A Pet page). She found a Boxer Dog Rescue called Joey’s Legacy Boxer Rescue Liverpool, and felt that the best way to honour Parker’s memory was to help his fellow dogs that were in need, so Parker could have a lasting legacy.
This resulted in her adopting a senior Boxer Dog, called Jade.
The happiness Marianne brought to Jade by giving her a loving home, gave Marianne a reason to feel happy again. The birth of Marianne’s baby son soon after, who Jade adores, added to the family’s happiness.
Below: Marianne’s happy adopted Boxer dog Jade enjoying a lick of ice cream.
Many abandoned dogs are put to death because there are no rescue spaces for them. This is especially true of older dogs. Marianne tells of why older dogs, such as Jade, are so easy to look after, and how rewarding adopting an older dog is:
“Jade was already house trained, calm and well behaved. Because her personality is already fully formed, we know that she will always be that lovely dog.
She is very low maintenance and doesn’t need long walks. She also sleeps a lot due to her age, which is great if you have kids, as then you don’t feel guilty about not being able to constantly keep them all entertained. It is less exhausting too!
Jade is just grateful when she is shown any kind of affection, and is so happy and content with the smallest things, like having her tummy tickled! Plus she gives you twice as much love back !!
It’s really nice each day to see her quirks as she becomes more confident, content , happy and trusting that she is in her forever home. It’s also nice to know that no matter how horrible her life was before, we are able to give her a happy ending. Jade has given us so much happiness. She has not been one bit of bother and would not think twice about adopting an older dog in future. “
BELOW: Marianne agrees with the sentiments of the image below. She says “Knowing I have made such a difference to Jade’s life gives me a really warm feeling and has made me feel like a nicer person. It’s one of the things I am most proud of myself for and is so rewarding”.
Marianne is glad that she is also setting a good example for her baby son, and instilling good values in him, through adopting Jade:
“I want this to teach him things such as to help the less fortunate, and not to judge by looks. To some people jade may not be the prettiest of dogs, or as cute as a puppy, but to us she is beautiful.”
By adopting an abandoned dog who needed a loving home, Marianne created a rescue space at the rescue, meaning the rescue could save another innocent abandoned Boxer Dog from being put to death. (For more information, see the Pet Abandonment page of this site).
Adopting Jade is not the only way Marianne has helped animals in need since the tragic event of losing Parker. As she learned more about the plight of so many animals in need, she used her Facebook page more and more to spread the word of dogs in need of homes or rescue spaces, and of lost dogs.
In addition, she regularly has a clear out of items she feels she can do without, and donates them to auctions and sales run in aid of helping to stop animal suffering. Many of these auctions and sales can be foundhere. She also donates items to animal charity shops.
One thing is for sure, little Parker has a lot to be proud of his Mum for.
DO I PRACTICE WHAT I PREACH?
WHAT COULD YOU DO TO HELP?
If you would like to see many ideas of different ways you may be able to help, have a look at the How To Stop Animal Cruelty & Suffering section.
There are so many varying suggestions, that there is bound to be something that suits every persons circumstances.
And please, shop responsibly. For example Karly from the Dogbarn runs a dog grooming service in Hawkshaw, Bury. They NEVER use any products tested on animals, or any leather products. If you want to pamper your pets, please use a responsible service such as Dogbarn, this can be overlooked, please don’t overlook it
If you would like to be featured on the Ways Our Website Visitors Are Helping Animals page, contact us with what this website has inspired you to do.