New ACR&S Fundraiser – which doesn’t cost you a cent!

Posted in Events, Meta at 7:40 am by ACR&S

First of all, let me take the time to thank you personally for all the support that you have already given us.  Without our network of adopters, fosters, donors, and friends in general, what we do would be impossible.  Regardless of how great our desire to rescue, without those who provide forever homes and help us in our efforts to get them there, we could accomplish nothing.

This past year has been a difficult one for everybody.   The economy is uncertain, and in these uncertain times, most often the animals suffer for it.  And the smallest souls often seem to suffer the most.  We have received a record influx of requests for surrenders and cries from help from local shelter inundated with a population of small animals that has been unrivaled so far.

We would like to ask for your help.  We at ACR&S have started a fundraiser in partnership with InsiderPages.com, and we’d like your help to make it successful.  It’s an easy process:

1.)  Go to our “fundraiser” website:  http://www.insiderpages.com/fundraisers/All-Creatures-Rescue-Sanctuary-0906 Make SURE that you start from this site so that all your hard work can help us out!

2.)  Click on the bright blue button on the right that says “Join This Fundraiser!”

3.)  Register, and then login, and start reviewing local businesses.  (NOT chains, like McDonald’s, but locally owned restaurants, your favorite vet, the nice mechanic down the street)  As you review, the website will tell you how much money each review is generating for us!

By doing this, InsiderPages will donate money to ACR&S!  Anybody anywhere in the country can participate.  As long as they start from OUR page (in step 1), they can review places anywhere in the country!  Our goal is to raise $1,000 to help bolster our vet fund.  This year we’ve helped many sick animals, and have allowed many to come with us and ease their suffering in passing.  Our average cost per animal is $250, and reaching our goal would mean assured vet care for four animals.  Veterinary care is the biggest portion of our budget, and ALL donations we receive go to providing it.

How else can you help?
Pass it forward!  Send this to people that you know that like animals (especially little ones!) and ask them to review a few places.  Are you active on animal forums?  Post our link!  Each first review is worth up to $1.50 to us!  If you get 10 friends to do 1 review each, you’ve donated $15 to our cause, and all by spending a few minutes of your time to tell people about your awesome doctor or mechanic or local shop, right in your living room.  You can help your local businesses as well while helping us!

Thank you again, for all of your past and future support!


No post today!

Posted in Meta at 1:29 am by ACR&S

Sorry, I’m out doing a piggy transport, so no new post today, but expect an extra post next week with pictures from the big transport!



Posted in Meta at 1:54 am by ACR&S

I post quite a bit of advice, hints, philosophy, and stories in other internet forums, and only recently realized that I’m constantly referring back to these posts. I decided I needed to centralize my commentary and experience in a format that I can easily link back to whenever I find myself repeating something I’ve already explained.

I’ve hesitated to do this because a) I’m a little busy doing animal stuff to spend time writing, and b) I worry that blogs are more than a bit self-indulgent (“pay attention to me, because my thoughts are just so damn interesting!”). It took a Christmas-time reunion with an old friend to remind me that I’ve been involved in animal rescue for quite some time: this January marks ACR&S’ four-year anniversary as an incorporated business, and the beginning of my tenth year of formal involvement in animal rescue. So maybe I do have a rationale for spouting off.

The title of the blog, suggested by my lovely and talented assistant DKMS, reflects that the goal of this blog is to show that every animal has a story, and to try to understand how we can help more of these animals find their happy endings. I’ve had a lot of great adoptions – obviously I sometimes get it right. I’ve also had my fair share of failures – so I definitely still have lots to learn. Maybe, by getting my ideas and practices down on paper, I can figure out what I’m doing right. Maybe, through discussion and comments, I’ll find new paths to tread. And maybe, some of what I write will help other rescues or pet owners get it right as well.

This blog will be updated on Tuesdays and Fridays. One post per week will be an original written piece: advice, hints, philosophy, and stories, as I said above. Some of these will have been cross-posted from other places, so Internet Detectives may be able to recognize and identify my alter-egos. The other weekly post will be a profile of one of our Adoptable Animals or Sanctuary Residents, or a memorial to one of those who have crossed the Bridge. I’m also happy to answer questions from readers, and would especially like to hear from other rescuers who have differing or similar philosophies on rescue and care. And if any of my long-lost adopters or foster homes stumble across this, please email me so I can post an update on how you and your pets are doing!

Tune in next time for a discussion of the theory and practice of adoption policies.