Whether your animal rescue or shelter is being affected by funding cuts, lack of donations or an increase in animals to care for, you can shorten the financial gaps by registering your animal shelter or rescue on AmazonSmile. When shoppers visit AmazonSmile instead of the regular Amazon site address, 0.5 percent of their eligible purchases could be donated directly to your organization by the AmazonSmile Foundation.

Shoppers still get the great Amazon products they love. Your animal rescue or shelter receives donations. It’s a win-win situation, so sign up for an Amazon Smile account now!

Is My Shelter or Animal Rescue Eligible?

If your charitable organization is in the United States or the District of Columbia, you may register for Amazon Smile if you’re a 501(c)(3) and in good standing with the IRS. You must follow the Amazon Smile Participation Agreenment and be a public charitable organization. Learn more about eligibility here.
How are the Donations Received?

Your organization must receive the donations through electronic transfer. (However, if your organization is not set up for this, Amazon Smile will hold your donations in your account anyway.) Payments are deposited quarterly if donations are $5 or more. Donations less than $5 will be kept in your account until you reach the $5 payout amount in another quarter.
Register Your AmazonSmile Account
1. Search for your charitable organization either by name or EIN number. (Pick your correct organization as several organization may have a name like yours!)
2. Create an organization administrator account, then agree to the AmazonSmile Participation Agreement.
3. Verify your email address.
4. Submit your organization’s bank account information.
5. Upload a copy of a voided check or bank statement.

Instructions for Shoppers

• Visit AmazonSmile: http://www.smile.amazon.com
• Search for your pet rescue or shelter name.
• Shop and check out.

Get the Word Out

Announce your presence on the AmazonSmile site to the public. Amazon gives you a variety of marketing tools so you can easily place a notice in your newsletter, plaster a pre-made banner on your official website, or make an announcement on your social media accounts. Most offline marketing is prohibited, and there are certain restrictions for different states. Research more about specific marketing restrictions and rules here.
A little effort may be worth great rewards. Sign up for AmazonSmile so shoppers can have the option to donate to your organization day or night, seven days a week.

Halloween is not just the holiday you should worry about keeping your children safe. It is also the holiday to worry about keeping your pets safe too. After all, your pets are part of the family.
Halloween Safety Tips for Pets
1. Treats of Candy: Taking your pet trick or treating with the children is perfectly okay, but feeding them candy is a big, NO! Chocolate can be fatally dangerous to our furry pals. Some candies containing xylitol, which is a natural sugar alcohol, can cause health issues for your pet such as hypoglycemia. Instead, carry small pet treats with you that are safe to give your four-legged pal if they desire a treat.
2. Walk Safety: Trick or treating in the dark can be unsafe. Cars on the road might not be able to see you. The best way to walk safely on a dark road is by placing a light reflecting vest onto your pet, or something that glows in the dark. This will allow passing cars to see clearly and slow down so accidents do not occur. It is also wise to walk with a flashlight with your children and pets on the side of the.
3. Costumes: Putting a costume on a pet is fun, but it should be avoided if your pet dislikes dressing up. It can cause unnecessary added stress when you are out walking around Halloween night.
4. Candle Lit Pumpkins: Spooky Jack-O‘-Lanterns you carve out are great holiday décor, but make sure you place them in an areas that are safe and away from pets. All it takes is a pet knocking it over, causing the candle to fly out of it causing possible burns to your pet or a fire.
5. Handing out Candy: Having your pets at the door while handing out trick or treat candy could be potentially harmful too the pet and guests. Some trick or treat kiddos may be afraid of your pet and swat causing unwanted nips or bites by your pet. Keep your pet safe and your special guests safe, by keeping your pet in a different room during trick or treating hours.
6. Identification Tags: Place name tags with your pet’s address onto your pet before going out with it on Halloween night. If your pet runs away from you by accident someone who finds it can return your loving friend back to you.

The decision to foster an animal that would otherwise be confined to a cage at the shelter, or worse, euthanized, is a commendable act. The goal is to get more people as an animal shelter volunteer to open not only their hearts, but also their homes to these animals. A good place to start looking for more potential foster families is right at the shelter.
Information on foster programs for individuals that are adopting can also spread the word. These kinds of people will be much more inclined to pass the cause along to their friends and families, perhaps opening more opportunities for adoption or foster care in the future.
Any animal shelter volunteer should be made aware of the growing need for foster positions, but they will also need to know about the toll foster care can exact on an individual. Tight emotional bonds with the foster pet in need are inevitable. It’s almost always a bittersweet goodbye when the animal either goes back to the shelter or moves on to its forever home. These emotional strains are at times severe and foster volunteers should be properly prepared for this kind of eventuality from the beginning.
The idea is to find reliable long term volunteers that will continue to help these animals by opening their homes time and time again to a creature in need. A support structure should be in place to help volunteers cope with stress. It should offer insight into difficulties the animals might be having and provide needed education to would-be foster parents.
Successful foster programs include both staff and animal shelter volunteers working closely together, allocating resources and finding the right home for the right pet, even if it’s just temporarily in these cases. In some really lucky turn of events, the animals may even find a permanent home within a foster care situation.

Fire Safety Tips

October 19, 2014

Safety in the workplace should be a priority. Having safety meetings once per month is essential for ensuring employees know what to do when an emergency comes up in their environment. One topic that is not discussed enough is fire safety. Knowing how to handle a fire incident properly is important for keeping everyone safe when one does occur. Below is a guide to some of the topics you can discuss during your first fire safety meeting.
Prevention Tips
• Keeping work areas clean are essential for preventing fires. This means properly disposing of flammable substances and materials after you are done with them. Leaving them hanging around can lead to an unwanted fire, which can start from a simple spark of fire.
• Keep all electrical circuits balanced. Overloading them with electrical devices can cause them to overheat and start a flame. It is also important to unplug electrical appliances and devices at the end of each day to ensure additional safety.
• Place all heat producing equipment away from dry walls and anything flammable such as papers, fabrics and furniture.
• Keep fire extinguishers in areas that are easy to access in the work place if in emergency does occur.
• Having a fire safety blanket on hand is also essential because it can help snuff out a fire on a person.
• Make sure every employee knows where the fire exits are. Consider creating a fire safety map so everyone knows the ins and outs of the building they are in.
• Replace batteries in smoke detectors often and make sure they are placed in areas where everyone can hear them.
Safety Measures in the Event of a Fire
• First, call 911 even if you think you can handle the fire yourself. Fires can become out of control quickly.
• Evacuate building in the event of a fire and make sure you close the doors behind you to prevent smoke inhalation and the rapid spread of fire.
• If you catch on fire stop, drop and roll. If an employee, catches on fire tell them to stop, drop and roll, grab a fire safety blanket and wrap them up with it, and call 911. Burn injuries are serious and will need medical attention immediately.
End Notes
Knowing this important information is essential for saving lives and keeping everyone safe in the event of a fire. After all, you can never be too safe while working hard.

In order to work efficient at your job, you must be able to work with your co-workers as a team. Ten steps you can take too improve the way you work together with your co-works are:
#1 Respect
Even if you do not like the co-workers you are working with, having respect for them anyways goes along ways when you actually have to work together with them on a project in the workplace.
#2 Honesty
Being honest with your co-workers keeps the team working together properly. Honesty forms trust, which is needed when working for a company. Without trust and honesty, no one relies on anybody for help when it is needed.
#3 Communications
Communicating with one another while working helps the team of employees work together without complications. However, complications can arise and when they do, this is when communication is most important because it is needed to help come up with a solution to fix the problem.
#4 Reliability
Being reliable is essential for having respect for your co-works. This means showing up to work on time and stepping up as a leader or strong co-worker when help is needed. This keeps the team relying upon each other, which keeps the team strong.
#5 Listen
Listening to each co-worker, you are working with helps with communication. Without listening, communication will not occur and this could cause chaos in the work force.
#6 Offer a Helping Hand
If a co-worker needs help, help them with out complaining. If the co-worker looks like they need help offer it or just walk over an assist them. It shows you can be dependable as a team member.
#7 Be Willing
When a co-worker gets sick and needs coverage, be willing to go in and cover their shift until their better. This gains you respect and helps the team stay working together effectively.
#8 Be a Motivator
The key to having a team work together is motivation. You being a motivator can help keep the team working together with ease and efficiency.
#9 Plan Together
Keeping a team working together means planning together when it comes to projects or improving the work environment. When you plan together, everyone knows what to do in order to get the task or tasks done.
#10 Be Positive
Being a positive co-worker helps bring positive energy into the workplace, which keeps everyone working together with upbeat attitudes.

Before winter arrives, you will need to take time to protect the animals for the winter. Not only is your shelter responsible for keeping them warm, but you must prevent animals under your care from ingesting salt and antifreeze.
Have Medical Checkups Performed
Before winter starts, consider performing as many medical checkups as possible. Many medical problems are exacerbated by the winter, such as arthritis.
Wipe Off Paws and Legs
When walking through snow that has been treated with salt, wipe the paws and legs of the animal off with a rag to remove any salt. Animals that lick their paws covered in salt will irritate their mouths. Also, antifreeze is toxic if ingested. Also, the paws should be checked for evidence of cold-related injury.
Make Accommodations for Certain Animals
It may be difficult to take puppies and small dogs outside to urinate because they do not tolerate cold as well as larger dogs. Therefore, you may need to clean up after them more often. Elderly pets and short-haired pets are also more vulnerable.
Use Proper Bedding
Do not have the animals sleeping on the cold floor. Instead, provide something off the ground, away from drafts, for the dog to sleep on. The bedding will need to be changed more often because by dragging snow in, the melted snow will make the bedding wet.
Inspect Your Furnace
Contact a HVAC technician to inspect the furnace to make sure that it is functioning properly. Have it tested to verify that it does not have a carbon monoxide leak. Since the pets spend more time in one location, they are more vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Provide Enough Food
Animals need more food during the winter to help keep them warm. Generally, you will need to budget for at least 10 percent more than what they would normally eat.
You will need to pay close attention to warning signs of hypothermia. This can include:
• Shivering
• Whining
• Sluggishness
• Burrowing
If you suspect that the animal is suffering from hypothermia, have a veterinarian look at the animal soon.

Your kids probably love animals, and just might bring a stray dog or cat home with them someday. It might follow them home and they may not know what to do. This will be an excellent time to educate your kids and teens about their local animal shelters or animal rescue organization. It will teach them a valuable life lesson.
Animals like dogs and cats are numerous, and may even outnumber humans in some areas. While many of them belong to loving homes, many of them aren’t so lucky. These animals will likely end up roaming the streets until they get picked up by animal control, follow your kids home, or (worst case scenario) get hit by a car. In the case of the two scenarios that keep these animals alive, these animals will likely end up at your local animal shelter.
Teaching your kids about their local animal shelter will serve to teach them about the realities of pet ownership and responsibilities. It will show them the importance of spaying and neutering pets so the dog and cat population is down. This will cause fewer shelter animals, which will cut back on otherwise crowded shelters. It will also show your kids a more humane means of getting pets, rather than buying one from a pet store, which often relies on puppy and kitten mills, which are often inhumane.
Your local animal shelter or animal rescue organization is always there for you when their services are needed. Whether you are dropping off a stray cat or dog, or you have decided to adopt an animal, these organizations have the animal’s best intentions in mind. Whatever the case may be, you should educate your kids about these wonderful organizations. You’ll be glad you did.

People are not the only ones who become sick with respiratory infections that cause distress and weakness. Your pup can become ill with respiratory infections too. One of the most common ones being kennel cough,which is an illness animals in shelters catch often. Some of you may know it as, “canine infectious tracheobronchitis.
What exactly is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough comes in two forms. There is bacterial kennel cough and viral kennel cough. Typically, dogs that contract this illness start off with having some sort of health issue such as becoming infected with a virus that weakens its immune system. When the pup’s immune system is weak it is easier for the bacterium known as, “bordetella,” to infect the dog with the illness. Viruses that make the dog more susceptible to contacting the bordetella infection are the adenovirus, distemper virus, herpes virus, reovirus and parainfluenze virus. If you suspect your dog is ill, it is best to take them to the vet for proper treatment so their condition doesn’t worsen.
What are the symptoms?
The way a pup contracts the kennel cough illness is by inhaling the bacteria or virus particles from the air into their respiratory tract. When this occurs, inflammation in the dog’s respiratory tract become inflamed causing the pup to cough in away that sounds like a goose honking. Other symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and continued eye discharge. If you suspect your dog has kennel cough it is important you keep it home because the infection can be spread from dog to dog. The worse thing you could do is bring your pup to play with other animals in shelters or to doggy parks.
How is it treated?
Once your furry friend is diagnosed with kennel cough by a vet, it will be placed on an antibiotic and cough medicine to help cure your pal. Within a couple of weeks of being on the medicine, your dogs health should improve. Without treatment, your pup’s health could worsen leading to pneumonia, which could cost your pup it’s life. To avoid this from occurring, see a vet immediately if you notice your dog is coughing or having difficulty breathing. Catching your pup’s illness early is keep to either preventing kennel cough or treating it as soon as possible so your furry friend can be loving and playful again. After all, a healthy pup is a happy pup.

Holidays are not just the time to give to people. It is also the time to give to local animal shelters to help provide them with the necessities they need to care for animals until they are adopted into loving homes as pets. One of the money common gifts giving to animal shelters throughout the holiday season is cash donations, but that doesn’t have to be what you donate this year to help keep a shelter thriving and caring for animals that need tender love and care. If your wondering what you could possibly donate to help your local animal shelter this holiday season view the list below.
#1 Pet Food
Throughout the year, animal shelters go through endless amounts of pet food to keep the animals well feed and nourished. One of the best donations you could give is pet food such as wet or dry cat or dog food and special animal treats. If your local animal shelter cares for small animals too such as bunnies, birds, and other small pocket animals, consider bring pet food tailored to these types of critters.
#2 Toys
Animals love to play too, which is why it is important to donate new critter toys to your local shelter as well. Simply go to your local pet supply shop and fill up a small basket or shopping cart with some neat toys that could make some animals very happy.
#3 Beds & Blankets
Pet beds and blankets are some of the most comforting gifts to give sheltered animals. Animals need warm comfy things too. It helps them feel safe and snuggly.
#4 Litter
Cat litter is another useful necessity in a shelter. Animal shelters go through so much cat litter in a year to help provide a clean place for those furry whiskered friends to go potty. You may not think this would be a helpful donation, but shelters would be more than thankful for this donation.
#5 Leashes, Collars, Pet Grooming Supplies and Crates
Leashes, collars and pet crates can be helpful too. Necessities such as this helps the animals in the shelter travel safely whether it be in a car or out for a walk on a nice beautiful day. Even pet grooming supplies can help greatly too. It can help the volunteers are the shelter keep the animals looking their best so they have a better chance at finding loving homes.

Nurturing an environment at an animal shelter or rescue that is healthy and productive can be a taxing process. Staff and volunteers can have strong emotions about the things they see during a typical day at a shelter, including cases of animal cruelty, animals getting sick, and even animals dying.

There are two simple things you can do in order to help staff and volunteers cope with these painful aspects of working at a shelter or rescue.

Prep Your Team Members
Before anyone signs on to be a volunteer or a staff member, it can be helpful to let them know that they will be seeing some painful circumstances at the shelter from time to time. Some people think that shelters just feed animals until they get adopted by a loving family and live happily ever after. Don’t try to dampen the spirit of the potential team member, but be realistic as well. This can lessen the blow when unpleasant things do happen to animals at the shelter.

Celebrate the Positive Events
Whenever something positive and pleasant does happen to an animal in the shelter, be sure to recognize and celebrate it with the team. Things to celebrate might include:
• Successful births
• Birthdays of older animals
• An animal getting a clean bill of health from a vet (especially after an illness)
• A record number of animals being adopted out in a single day, week, or month
• The animals getting a new staff member or volunteer to join your team
And these celebrations don’t have to be just for the animals. Recognizing when a team member has done a good job on a project, has a birthday or anniversary, or is expecting new family members through adoption or pregnancy are all reasons to take a few moments out to say “Thank you,”, “Good job,” or “Congratulations!”

Beyond these two things you can do little more than just be there for your team. Be a solid shoulder for tears, a listening ear for frustrations, and an encouraging smile for when days do seem to be going well. And even as you do all of these things for the sake of your team members and your animals, don’t forget to celebrate and encourage yourself as well. You’re part of the team, too!