Shelter Stories: A Mr.Frisky Blog

The Grand Gesture

We all dream of having enough money to make the big donation - the one that "really counts".
I remember reading decades ago, about a Charity who received $3 a month from a donor. Many charities had refused his donations saying it was too small. As you likely know, many donation pages start at a minimum amount. Although most have an "Other", I wish they would rename it to "We Welcome Your Donation Amount of  $_____"; Other just makes it sound like you're cheap. 

Anyway, this man finally found a Charity who welcomed his $3 as if it was $3,000. As his income rose over the years, so did his donations. Eventually he was donating $100 a month. Had they turned him away at the beginning, they would have lost a lifelong donor. Surveys and studies that show lower and middle income people give far more of their limited monetary resources to charity than wealthy people - isn't that a sad fact?

So the truth is that $3 does matter. The truth is that saving lives at an animal shelter isn't due to grand gestures. It's due to:

  • The shelter staff member who uses their own money to buy insulin for the diabetic elderly cat when the shelter is out of insulin and cash right now to buy more.
  • The shelter staff member that already has a full house of animals in need, that takes in that one more pregnant mother dog.
  • The foster parent who takes in that hospice case.
  • The foster parent or adopter that takes in special medical needs animals.
  • The foster parent or adopter that takes in the ones that need to learn to love.
  • The adopter that even on a fee free animal, donates the normal adoption fee to the shelter to help them continue to take in animals especially ones that require costly medical care, or uses their own money for their foster dogs medication for the same reason. Note: shelters operate at a loss; that's why so few municipal shelters are well funded; the City/County doesn't want to fund an unprofitable enterprise.
  • The volunteer who unfailingly, in rain-snow-shine, shows up every day to clean kennels, freeing up staff to do assessments, training, and medical care.
  • The volunteer who buys yarn and knits warmer onesies and socks for elderly, sick and infant cats and dogs.
  • The lawn care service owner who stops by and mows the dog area at the shelter for free.
  • ‚ÄčThe general contractor who fixes the fence for the dogs at the shelter for free.
  • The person who gives $10 when the shelter is in need and goes without a Starbucks run that day.
  • The person who hosts a garage sale to raise donations for the shelter, or organizes a business or church fundraiser.
  • Or the homeless man who brought in a litter of abandoned kittens he found - sadly two were already dead - to ensure the rest could be saved (that really happened).

So don't wait till you hit it big in Vegas or win the lottery.

Just Love and Give at your local animal shelter, rescue or sanctuary.

Mr.Frisky says Thanks!