Fundraise Friday – Raise some money for YOUR shelter!


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I happen to love fundraising, there’s nothing more rewarding than working your butt off to donate to someone who needs it more than yourself. Rolo and I happen to do a lot of fundraising, some are small and some are big.Weve done bottles drives, photo booths, shopping events and some others as well as  last winter as our “Annual Christmas Fundraiser” we were able to raise $1700 in kennel sponsorships as well as a whole SUV full of wish list items the shelter needed. We want to give you some simple ideas on how to raise some money for your local shelter.
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1) Ballot Draw:  I have seen this done with wine bottles but you can use anything, bags of coffee, 6 pack of beer, dog items, cat items, shelter wish list items etc. There are two ways to do this.
-1 Ballot is $20 each as well as donating an item (like above)
-At the end of the draw one ballot is picked (best to let this run for a month or two)
-Now here is the two ways you can do it: If using items the shelter doesn’t need the person who wins would win 1/4 of the money raised as well as the wine, coffee, beer etc. If you chose to do one with shelter wish list items the person who wins would get half the amount of money raised.
-Be sure to get people buying tickets to put name and phone number on it

2) Bottle Drive: Everyone should know how a bottle drive works but here are some good ideas to up your game!
-Make flyers and pass them out, on the flyer you should put what you are doing, who you are planning to raise money for and why, a contact name and number (a bunch of names and numbers actually) so people can call if they have bottles to donate.
-Make a facebook event and post on all your local facebook pages
-Put add’s up on Kijiji
-Drop flyers off at local business’
-Contact restaurants and see if they would donate their recyclables
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3) Charity Garage Sale: We have realtors in town that put together large fundraisers for non-profit organizations all the time. This is a great way for peopel to doante their items they dont need to a special cause
-A perfect time is spring when there is no snow and when people are in that “spring cleaning mode”
-Make a facebook event saying you are taking donations and where to drop them off to.
-Be sure to put that all proceeds are donated to your organization
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4) Basket Draw: Raffle off a gift basket with random items in it and proceeds are donated to your shelter
-Contact local business’ to see fi they are interested in donating a special item for the basket draw.
-Be sure to get some business cards from the business
-Sell each ticket for a specific price (example: 1 for 10 or 3 for 25)
-Be sure to get people buying tickets to put name and phone number on it
(example of one that was done a while ago by some ladies in Fort McMurray)
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Just remember that if you are going to raise money for YOUR shelter to contact them before hand to ask them if this is ok, As you do not want your event to be at the same time they may be having a major fundraiser. If you have any suggestions for people please feel free to comment on this post and share them! We love new ideas!


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Thursday Spotlight – Sarah Lukemire


thursdayThis Thursday spotlight is on Sarah who has also actually been featured on my blog before. She is the blogger behind Lola The Pitty and well she has a NEW addition to her family! RIO

Read her past post here:

http://confessionsofarescuemom.com/2014/01/30/thursday-spotlight-blogger-interview-with-sarah-of-lola-the-pitty/

*Your Name?
Sarah Lukemire

*Where are you from?
I’m from Colorado (Greeley/Ft.Collins area) but live in Burnsville, Minnesota now!

*Animals(s) (Age, Breed & Name)?
Lola – 2 – pit bull mix
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*Interesting Facts About Your Animal(s)?
Besides being an awesome breed ambassador, Lola runs on a flyball team and is a petite pit bull mix at only 36 lbs!

Rio had to have surgery on his leg at 3 months old from a bad fall – but you’d never know it now, he keeps up with the best of ‘em!

*Animal(s) Favorite Treat?
pretty much anything – but they love pork liver treats & peanut butter Kongs!

*Animal(s) Favorite Trick?
Rio loves to ‘bow’ and rollover. Lola isn’t as much of a trick dog, but knows all the basics and is CGC certified.

*Where is your pet(s) favorite place to go?
The park and down to the river – they love being able to play chase and wade in the water! Besides that, Lola absolutely goes crazy when we pull up to flyball practice.

*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
Adopt don’t shop!

*What’s your favorite thing to do with your animal (walks, going to a park, playing games etc.)?
Walks, taking them to the park, going hiking, playing disc, and cuddling!

*Favorite Quote?
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

*Favorite website to get pet information?
Besides my blog (www.lolathepitty.com), I’m in love with YourPitBullandYou.com

*Do your animal(s) love to go for car rides?
Oh yes!

*What’s your favorite animal product?
Their Kongs, by far.me-lola-profile 009

*Why do you think volunteering at an animal rescue/shelter is important?
This is an awesome opportunity to give back, while doing something great for the animals – saving their lives in fact. The more volunteers that foster and help with the animals in some way, the more animals that will find loving homes.

*Do I have permission to copy this to my blog?: yes
*Do I have permission to use the photos you provided me with?:yes

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Wagging Wednesday – Interview with TWIGO


wednesdaySomething new I am trying is doing an actual interview with the company that I have done the Pet Product Review for. This lets you my viewers know more about their business! This is part TWO of Wagging Wednesday, Let’s get to know the company TWIGO!

*What is the name of your business?
Twigo Pet ID Tags
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*Who is filling out this interview?
Janine Berger

*How long has your business been around for?
2 years but selling only 8 months
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*Why was it started?
When we adopted our dog, we took his tags off inside the house because we didn’t like the noise the tags make. We tried every solution on the market and nothing was quite the one. I am a seasoned product development in the kids industry and after one failed product after another, I designed a SILENT ID tag made of 100% silicone.
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*Do you have any animals? If so, name, breed and something interesting about them?
Melou. Rescue Pit Mix. Melou is a certified therapy dog representing his breed. We work with our local library with the reading to dog program. We see many kids that have anxiety with reading or anxiety with dogs/animals.

*What do you specialize in?
We are the first and only silicone PET ID tag. Our tags that are instantly personalize-able, self attaches and is completely silent. No jingling or jangling around the house. Eliminating the #1 reason why pet parents remove their pets tags inside the house.

*What is the approx. cost?
Retail is $9.99
BUT if you use this special discount code you can get $2 off plus free shipping!!
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*If someone wanted to book an appointment with you how do they get a hold of you? Call 1-888-276-1231

*Any special events coming up this year for you?
SuperZoo 2014
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*What inspires you?
Simple ideas that solve problems have style and design aesthetics.

*What do you plan to accomplish with your business in 2014?
We plan to grow the number of retail accounts and launch 2 new products by Dec. And begin to make more pet households a quiet environment for all.

*Fill in your Social Media Information:
Facebook: twigotags
Email: twigo@twigotags.com
Website: http://www.twigotags.com
Twitter: twigotags
Other: pinterest.com/twigotags

*Do I have permission to copy this to my blog?: Yes
*Do I have permission to use the photos from your site?: Yes.

Be sure to check out our #petproductreview on the Twigo Pet Id Tag here: http://confessionsofarescuemom.com/2014/07/23/wagging-wednesday-petproductreview-twigo-pet-id/

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Wagging Wednesday – #PetProductReview TWIGO Pet ID


wednesdayIts Wagging Wednesday and I have another #petproductreview for you! Twigo Pet ID is the only all Silicone PET ID Tag that happens to also be Phthalate and lead free too! We all know how heartbreaking it is to think about losing a pet or even have to go though it. Does your pet at home wear a tag with its name and your phone number on it?  Well TWIGO has the perfect solution for this that will save you money! The pet tag can be written on over and over and over again! Change your cell phone number? NO PROBLEM! Move houses? NO PROBLEM! Animal suddenly need medication daily like Rolo does? NO PROBLEM! Just wipe with peroxide, dry and rewrite something new, boil and you are done! Dont have a pet, well you can still use this product! What about putting it onto your kid’s backpack? lunch-kit? gym bag?

Keep Reading I have a special discount code for you at the bottom of the post!

Company: TWIGO
Item: Silicone Pet ID Tag
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TwigoTags
Website: http://www.twigotags.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/twigotags

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TWIGO TAGS are…
SIMPLE + DURABLE: The simplest, easiest and quietest.
SILENT: They won’t wake your sleeping baby. No jangle, jingle or clanking.
EASY TO PERSONALIZE: Simply write, boil and wear.
EASY TO ATTACH: Easy slip loop attachment to any O or D ring on any collar. [Paw-Proofed] Lightweight and EASY to clean!

FAQ: http://www.twigotags.com/category_s/1835.htm

Let’s Start this Product Review!

Appearance & Design
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Opening my mailbox is always just like christmas as I never know what will be in there. Anytime there is something with my name on it I get super excited! Last week this is what came in the mail for me! I give this a 5 on appearance and design. Its super cute, love the colors. The tag is held on the cardboard by a little clear tabby. At first I thought how am I going to get this off without wrecking the packaging, Well at the top of the tab was perforated so it ripped clean & easy.
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Smell (if applicable)
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Taste Test by Rolo (if applicable)
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Creativity of Product
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Big thumbs up for creativity! Rolo has a few tags on his collar (rabies vaccination,city licence and his name tag with number on it) and they jingle when he walks, goes up stairs, shakes his head. After I tested it out on 1 collar alone, I put it onto his normal collar with those tags, I put it in between 2 metal tags and because they were not side by side, it was silent.
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Durability(if applicable)
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One thing I think is so neat about this product is that its durable. I was bending it and pulling on it, didn’t budge. Another thing I love is that you can rewrite on it over and over again!

The Testing Process:
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On the package it told me to test out the TWIGO pen by writing on paper first.
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I boiled water and poured into a bowl and let it sit for 3 minutes, I took it out and let it sit for another 30 minutes. The ink didnt come off when I rubbed it.

Final Thoughts:
Overall this product rocks! I love items that serve a great purpose as well as save you money! Be sure to check out their Facebook, twitter and website and tell them Confessions of a Rescue Mom sent you! and hey! We have a special discount code for you which is located in the photo below!

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Discount Code: CORM
(The code will be set up by the end of the day July 23,2014)

Checkout our special interview with Twigo here: http://confessionsofarescuemom.com/2014/07/23/wagging-wednesday-interview-with-twigo/

Disclaimer:
Confessions of a Rescue Mom received a Blue & White Twigo Pet Id Tag for posting an honest review.  The opinions expressed in this review are our own and were not influenced in any way. There was no monetary compensation for this blog post.

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Tuesday Spotlight – Kasey from the Blog Muttmouth


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Good Morning everyone! This blog post is a double dose of interviews! Kasey has filled out the animal owner and also the blogger interview! Check out her interviews with us!

*Who is filling out this Interview?
Kasey

*Tell me a little about yourself?
I am a crazy dog lover that wishes to help out fellow dog owners in their search for the best products for their dog and their lifestyle!

*What is your blog called?
MuttMouth.com
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*When did you start blogging?
I started blogging this year (2014)

*Why did you start blogging?
After spending my first year with my American Bulldog, I learned that it was very expensive to find toys and treats that suited him. I could not find a source that reviewed a wide variety of products including food, treats, toys, etc. So I decided to start my own!

*How often do you blog? Is it a set schedule or random posts?
We usually post 3-4 times per week on our schedule.

*What is your blog about?
We review different dog products in a variety of categories and provide honest evaluations after testing the products on different dog sizes.

*Do you have any animals?
Yes! An American Bulldog and a Chihuahua mix

*Fill In Your Social Media Contact Info:
Website: http://www.muttmouth.com
Email: contact@muttmouth.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/muttmouthcom
Twitter: @mutt_mouth
Instagram @mutt_mouth

*What do you hope to achieve with your blog in 2014?
We hope to grow our customer base as well as continue to work with amazing companies that love dogs as much as we do!

*Have you ever attended any Blog Conferences? If so what ones and how was it?:
Not yet!

*What do you get inspiration from?
I get inspiration from my own dogs as well as from the pets of family and friends.

*Any advice for someone wanting to start their own Animal Blog?
Be patient, be persistent and don’t give up. It will be hard.

*What are some of your favorite pet blogs to read?
I love many of my fellow BlogPaws member’s blogs! They are all so great at their niche. They inspire me daily.

*Anything else you would like to add?
We are so happy to share the love of dogs with our readers! Thank you for taking the time to interview us, you are also an inspiration to us!

*Do I have permission to copy this to my blog? yes
*Do I have permission to use the photos you provided me with? yes

HERE IS OUR INTERVIEW WITH KASEY ABOUT HER TWO DOGGIES :)

*Your Name?
Kasey

*Animals(s) (Age, Breed & Name)?
One American Bulldog, One Chihuahua mix

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*Interesting Facts About Your Animal(s)?

They are best friends despite the misconception that their size difference would interfere with their love for each other :]

*Animal(s) Favorite Treat?
They both love RedBarn treats and Diggin’Your Dog treats!

*Animal(s) Favorite Trick?
Sit. It’s easy, and gets them cookies.

*Where is your pet(s) favorite place to go?
Park, beach, Starbucks. Anywhere that involves a car ride.

*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
It will be the best decision you will ever make <3

*What’s your favorite thing to do with your dog (walks, going to a park, playing games etc.)?
We like to go on peaceful walks around the park or along the beach when it gets too hot!

*Favorite website to get pet information?
MuttMouth.com of course!

*Do your animal(s) love to go for car rides?
Yes!! They are always at peace when they are in the car.

*What’s your favorite animal product?
I love all-natural food and treats. My dogs love them and I never have to worry about feeding them an unhealthy diet.

*Why do you think volunteering at an animal rescue/shelter is important?
Not only are you helping where help is always needed, but volunteering provides a sense of accomplishment and contribution to the animal community. It is also so satisfying to see the gratefulness of a dog that just needs a little love.

*Anything extra you would like to add?
MuttMouth is a strong supporter of rescuing dogs of all ages and breeds. The love of a dog is not something you will find anywhere else <3

*Do I have permission to copy this to my blog?: Yes
*Do I have permission to use the photos you provided me with?: Yes


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Adopt Me Monday – “Dont Judge a Book by it’s Cover”


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As I was out-of-town this weekend I didn’t get to go up to the Fort McMurray SPCA for my weekly visit and take snaps of all the dogs & cats at the shelter looking for their forever home. I decided to talk about something that a lot of people are guilty of, heck even I was and now till this day I will never ever do that again!!!! It’s Judging a Book by its Cover and in this case judging a dog or cat on how they act at a shelter and not in a true environment.
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As soon as we purchased our first home we wanted to get a dog.  We were up at the shelter for at least 2 weeks or so looking for the perfect in our mind animal for our home. Someone laid back but liked going out on adventures, someone house trained with basic obedience.

Hubby texted me that he found this dog who was very different that he wanted me to come and see. When I met this dog, then named Apollo I took him outside with the kennel attendant and the little bugger wouldn’t even come near me. Ok most animals can tell when they meet me that I am a  huge animal lover and just want to snuggle but oh no this dog wasnt having it any way. It took at least 10 minutes to get him to come near me and he awkwardly sat there while I petted him. As soon as you opened the outside door he bolted back into his kennel sat down and waited for the attendant to close the door on him. He wanted to be in there, it was his safe haven.

This boy didn’t bark, didn’t really like men/kids or toys either but you know what, I was so intrigued by this dog and wanted to make him mine, I wanted to work with him and teach him what a real home was like cause honestly I don’t think he ever had that.

We put in an application for him the next day (after we did some research about canine epilepsy) and named him Rolo. Rolo had a nice bedroom area set up in our bedroom but he wouldn’t even come out of the basement for about 2 months. I can’t even remember how many treats I gave him to get him to like me. Hubby on the other hand had to work way harder than I ever did, It was only till about a year ago where Rolo decided his new dad wasnt bad after all. That was almost 2 years in the making!
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If you have seen Rolo and I in person you never would have guessed that it was a very long process to get him to where he is today.We have an incredible, unbreakable bond that nothing will ever take away from us. Known Fact: Did you know that with most animals it takes at least a few months for an animal to get settled down into a new environment (so next time when you think about returning an animal, please give it a chance)
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Here is some tips of what I found worked well with Rolo while bringing him home (all animals are different and this may not work for you but worth a try!)

1) If the shelter you are adopting from has blankets or toys in their kennel ask if you can buy it or take it to bring home. This will give the animal something familiar in their new environment. We borrowed the blanket that was in Rolos kennel and you could find him sleeping on it at night when he was in the basement.

2) Dont push them to far or to fast. I tried so hard to get Rolo to come upstairs into his new bedroom but my hubby was right and said let him do it on his own terms. He was right and Rolo did eventually go searching around and when he got into his room I told him it was for him and patted on the bed and said Rolo’s. He sat down and slept there every night :)

3) Ask the kennel attendant or adoption coordinator what types of tricks the animal knows, keep up on these and do them once a day with some treats and positive reinforcement.

4) Good words & bad words. When Rolo does something good he knows it with either a treat or I say his key words” good boy, good rolo, yay”. When he is bad he knows by me changing my voice tone, pointing my finger and saying very firmly “bad rolo”. He immediently cowers and puts his head down.

5) Be sure to ask the kennel attendant or adoption coordinator what type of routine the animal was on so you could stick with it for a while and if need be slowly change it. for instance, when would they go for a walk(how long), what times did they eat at (how much, what type), when did they go for bathroom breaks etc.

I wanted to remind everyone that EVERY SINGLE ANIMAL in this world whether its; sick, unhealthy, shy, hyper, scared, with a disability or even just healthy needs a home and YOU could be that one to change their life around. I hope that next time you see an animal at a shelter who may need a little extra work that you remember Rolo’s Story and dont judge a book by its cover and give that animal a second chance you may be surprised as to what they can acomplish!


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Fundraise Friday – July Specials at #FMSPCA


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Good Morning Everyone! Hope your all having a fabulous Friday so far! Always great to look forward to the weekend! July is slowly coming to an end and I wanted to give another reminder to all the people in Fort McMurray with doggies!!

The FMSPCA has a special promotion going on with their memberships this month (you will find at the bottom of the page). We have our membership and we love supporting the FMSPCA!

What does a FMSPCA membership get you, well check out this page for a full detailed list: http://www.fortmcmurrayspca.ca/index.php?area_id=1023&page_id=1141

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How much is a Membership for the year you ask?
-Youth/Senior $40
Anyone under the age of 18 or over the age of 65 at the time of purchase.

-Individual Adult $60
Anyone over the age of 18 and under the age of 65 at the time of purchase. This can include Sole Proprietors if they wish to put the membership in their company’s name.

-Family $120
At least one adult and up to four individuals in total in the same household.

-Corporate $500
Up to five adults that are legally authorised to sign on behalf of a corporation. Sole Proprietors are considered Individuals.

Take a look at the great deals going on for the month of july! (Is it a hot day out, why not get the FMSPCA to turn the sprinklers on at the dog park to let your dog cool down)
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The Fort McMurray SPCA is located at 155 MacAlpine Crescent in Fort McMurray, AB, Canada.
Website: http://www.fortmcmurrrayspca.ca
Twitter: @FMSPCA
Facebook: Fort McMurray SPCA

HOURS OF OPERATION
ANIMAL VIEWING HOURS
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Closed Tuesdays, Statutory Holidays
SPCA RECEPTION
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Daily, Except Statutory Holidays
GENERAL OPERATING HOURS
8:00 AM to 6:30 PM Daily



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