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I want to help out with Animal Rights, but don't have money to donate - any suggestions for what I can do?

Me and my friends love animals - cats, dogs, pigs, you name it! We would love to find ways that we can help with animal rights causes without having to donate our money (we don't have any). We've volunteered at dog shelters in the past, but I'd love to find a few options that can have a real impact and are a bit cooler and fun and that we can do weekly or somewhat regularly. Thanks!
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Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016-
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January 28, 2009 05:49 PM There is a great website called Care 2.  You can sign up for alerts on new petitions for animal rights and other causes.  There is a section where your click will help to donate to different causes.  Visit Care2.com and add your voice to many others who share the same interests.

Many shelters also post on Craigslist regularly with pictures and details of animals that need a home very soon, or they will not be able to keep them.  Your local shelters may need someone who is willing to share an hour or two each week to do these postings.  Craigslist is a great, free resource to help our friends find "forever" homes.

Start a blog about your local shelters!  Getting the word out about animals who need homes is important.  It is just as important to get the word out about donations that are needed by the shelters.  Posting hours, animals that might be available for adoption and their needs to your blog and others will take a few hours of your time, but will not cost anything.  Free blogs are available from Blogspot and Wordpress.

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http://www.care2.com/

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January 28, 2009 06:22 PM If you keep aware of the issues important to you, one of the best ways to get involved is to call your representatives in local, state, and federal government regularly and insure they hear your point of view. Call with specific action on some legislation they will be dealing with, give them coherent, clear reasons for your point of view, and thank them. This does make a difference! You can do it with a group with which you're affiliated or on your own, or both.

Helping out at animal shelters may not be "cool", but I can't tell you how important it is. These are typically not well-funded facilities, and volunteers make all the difference. Thanks for doing this!

However, if you want to do something a bit "cooler", why not volunteer at a zoo? I know there are animal rights concerns with zoos, but it would be good to learn the down-and-dirty needs and issues surrounding animals there. Who knows? It may lead to personal expertise on the ring-tailed lemur or some other interesting beast, furthering its interests.

Finally, non-profits need help beside money. Find an animal specific non-profit and see what you can do to help. Maybe you can pick up trash on the side of the road so the group can sponsor/advertise on a portion of the road. Get involved, be regular and serious about contributing your efforts, and you will be welcome.

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January 28, 2009 07:27 PM If you have a passion for animals, one thing you can do that does not take any financial resources is to write letters to your local congressmen/women to urge them to pass legislation to protect animal rights.  The government sets many of the rules for what is considered humane and inhumane treatment of animals, and this trickels down into many farming and animal related industries.  Its sad that commercialization and capitalism often dictates what "we" as people consider ethical and humane.  That is why we need motivated individuals as yourself that can help change laws that don't properly look after the rights of innocent animals.  Besides writing letters on your own behalf, if you can get signatures from other people in your neighborhood or city, that will be even better. 
Working through legislative channels may not always be the sexiest way to help, but your impact could be huge!  All it takes is a little time and dedication.  Best of luck to you young cesarmira!

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January 29, 2009 04:06 PM You can work as a volunteer in animal shelters. You can also write some publications about animal cruelty or other issues that animals face. This way you will raise awareness about the animal rights without any major expenses involved.

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January 29, 2009 04:59 PM Become a member here and learn/share with other animal lovers:
http://www.peta.org/forums/index.asp

Give your time as a Volunteer:
http://www.networkforgood.org/topics/animal_environ/animalwelfare/

You already know about animal shelters:
http://www.hsus.org/pets/animal_shelters/how_to_volunteer_at_your_local_animal_shelter.html

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http://www.peta.org/forums/index.asp

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January 29, 2009 08:58 PM I recently saw a movement by the Humane Society on Twitter called 1,000 retweets for animals http://tinyurl.com/HSUS1k. It's a way to gain awareness for animal rights causes.

The Humane Society also launched a bunch of Facebook applications and games where you can play the games and raise money for different animal causes. There are also some trivia games that do the same - the ones I've used are http://savepups.com and http://savekitties.com.

Those are a few options for you to help get the word out and raise money without leaving your home.

If you want to leave your home, I'd suggest joining the e-mail lists for the Humane Society, PETA, and ASPCA. I'm on all of them and they send out emails all the time with different things you can do -- from writing letters to government officials, to participating in marches, etc. That can keep you pretty darn occupied!

Finally, you could always think about rescuing a dog or cat from a shelter. A friend of mine has rescued a couple of dogs in San Francisco (through an organization called Rocket Dog Rescue). Those dogs would have been killed had she not rescued them... What greater gift can you give an animal than the gift of life in a loving home!

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http://tinyurl.com/HSUS1k
http://savepups.com
http://savekitties.com
http://hsus.org
http://peta.org
http://aspca.org
http://rocketdogrescue.org

Asker's Rating: • I like the games that I can play in the background while at work and help out the animals. Also good point on the adopting a dog and how nice that is. Unfortunately I don't have space, but this is good advice for those that do!!!
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Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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