Raising money while working out seems too good to be true. The Charity Miles app lets you do just that! The free app tracks your mileage whether biking, walking or running and earns money towards the charity of your choice.

The simple fundraiser begins with a click on your smartphone. Download the application, create a profile and choose a charity. Then it’s time to get moving! The more you move, the more money the charity makes! If you simply don’t enjoy walking, running or biking, there are other options. You can skate, dance or even jump rope! You just need to choose the setting that best resembles your favorite type of exercise. Running and walking earns up to 25 cents per mile while biking earns up to 10 cents per mile.

Charity Miles benefits many non-profits spanning from fighting cancer and helping wounded soldiers to helping animal shelters and protecting nature. For example, if you choose to exercise for an animal welfare organization, the money from your exercise regimen could help save animals, help build extra shelter space or even buy more food for the animals.

One of the best things about this type of fundraiser is that it not only tracks your time and distance, but it tracks the impact you are making for your charity. You get updated information as to how you are helping the charity by simply exercising. Charity Miles allows you to stay healthy while helping others do the same.

Every mile you accomplish matters for your charity. When you get tired and want to quit, it will help your legs go another mile knowing you are helping change lives.

Each year thousands and thousands of animals enter into shelters. Sadly, some of these shelters are kill shelters meaning they put to sleep animals that are in perfect health and fun of love. This is because many shelters lack proper communication with their local communities about each animal that is in them. If shelters would, share important information about the animals that come into their shelters the animals would have a better chance at becoming adopted. If you are a shelter, wondering what needs to be shared with the community take a look at the list below for guidance.
#1 Share with the Community that Not All Animals in the Shelter have Behavioral Problems
It is important to share with the community, not all animals that come into your shelter have behavioral problems. Some are well behaved and just neglected and need a new loving home. Share information about particular animals in your shelter that do have certain behavioral issues, but also share how these issues can be resolved with tender love and care and lots of patience.
#2 Share with the Community that Not All Animals in the Shelter have Health Issues
It is common for people to believe that animals in shelters have troublesome healthy issues, but this is not always true. Discuss with your community that the animals that come into your shelter are most of the time healthy, but on some occasions, you do get animals with health issues that are treated successfully. In addition, talk about the animals that are loving, and well behaved, that simply need ongoing treatments to live happy healthy lives so they can have a chance at becoming adopted too.
#3 Share with the Community that Adopting animals from the Shelter is More Affordable and a lot Safer
If you think going to the pet store and purchasing a new puppy is affordable, guess again. Adopting a new animal from a shelter is actually more affordable. This is because most of the animals from shelters are fixed, have already had a wellness check by a veterinarian hospital, and are up to date on all vaccinations. This means you simply get to enjoy the new pet you are bring home. Most importantly, animals adopted from the shelter have had behavioral evaluations, which helps properly place an animal in the right home that is safe for them and their new owners.
#4 Discuss with the Community that Adopting a Pet can Enrich Their Lives
It’s important to discuss with the community that adopting a pet from the shelter can enrich their lives. This is because animals can provide love, laughter and protection too. In fact, not only do animals from shelters provide love, laughter and protection, but animals are also a great remedy for curing loneliness and sadness. They can even help a person with a certain health condition to become more independent.
Bottom Line for Shelter Animals Needing New Homes
The best way for a shelter to find animals new loving homes that fit their needs and their new owners needs is by communicating with your community properly. Proper placement of an animal can ensure they have a home for life and their new owners have a new pal they will just absolutely love and adore. So, get the word out in your community about the animals you have in your shelters by posting articles in a local newspaper, posting flyers in your community areas and send news letters to each member that lives you’re your community. Let everyone know the truth about your shelter and the animals you have in them.

ASPCA Equine Fund

March 28, 2013

If your non-profit group or organization is focused on the rescue or care of horses from any part of the horse world, you should check out the ASPCA Equine Fund.  The ASPCA Equine Fund raises money to support both humane rescue activities and also to assist a wide range of horse communities when disaster strikes.

In recent years, the ASPCA Equine Fund has awarded record setting levels of funding across the country, with over 1.6 million dollars in 2011 alone.  The fund continues to help programs like the “Million Dollar Rescuing Racers initiative”, saving retired racehorses from neglect and abuse; and the “Hay Bale-Out” program to make up for the severe hay shortages drought victims experience in areas like Texas and Oklahoma.

Your community can benefit from the ASPCA Equine Fund in several ways.  To help you and your community attain a high level of Equine best practices, you can access the fund for:

  • educational programs on horse care
  • disaster preparedness training
  • horse rehabilitation activities
  • financial support for low income horse owners
  • capital improvements to your facilities (upgrades to existing structures)
  • expansion of sanctuaries to enable more rescues
  • maintenance of websites related to your organization
  • fundraising activities and training

As you can see, the ASPCA Equine Fund is a positive force for the good of all our horse communities.  In addition to the above funding goals, the ASPCA is actively involved in lobbying for stronger laws to protect the Horses of the USA, and is continuing its fight against cruelty to horses with its ongoing Equine rescue operations.