Many hearts are filled with Christmas cheer and a driving desire to do something nice for those less fortunate but how can you be sure your gift does what you want it to?
Here are some suggestions for animal lovers.
1: when cashing out at the local petstore buy a pre-paid gift card and put that into the donation box .
(now you know the money will be spent on pet supplies and not used to send you another shirt or cup with more pleas for funding or siphoned into "administrative costs")
2:Drop off supplies such as old towels, new litter, food or paper towels and cleaning supplies like bleach.
(the basics are always in short supply and those $2 and $5 costs bleed rescues dry)
3: Check with the local vet to see if the rescue group has a running tab and contribute to that. If they don't, offer to set one up and encourage them to let the rescue groups know money is available for vet visits and medication.
4: Contact the local foster or rescue and offer to make a low cost appointment for spay/neuter and shots you can pay for in advance.
(some of them also have a running tab for rescue groups)
5:Some groups cherish effort as much as material. Volunteer to clean or help with events for a day. Pomote the group on your media pages or put a link on your company site.
If you ask a few questions and think of the routine things you do every day a lot of things come to light that make a tough job that much easier.