How Can I Help?
No rescue group can exist without funds and/or donations. It is rare that the adoption donation will cover the cost of making a rescue dog into an adoptable companion, even with the cooperation of the most supportive veterinarians! Border Collie Rescue is no exception.
We are a member of the Breed Rescue Alliance of Tennessee (BRAT), a cooperative of some of the pure breed rescuers in the East Tennessee area, who support each other and combine efforts for such things as fundraising, appearances at fairs and exhibitions, and such. We have have held garage sales and had booths at Bark in the Park in Knoxville, at Mayfest in Oak Ridge, Petfest in Roane County, at the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter Open House Day, at the Oak Ridge Humane Society's Dog Walk, and attended many other events.
Dog washes, in collaboration with the Shelter Animal Rescue Group (SARG) in Oak Ridge, are planned throughout the summer. In the fall, we have items for sale at a garage sale and at the Knoxville Dog Show cluster and at the Pilot Club Christmas Sale in Oak Ridge.
If you have a special talent for arts and crafts, and would be willing to donate items to East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue, please send us an email. We would love to display and sell them at upcoming events. Also, items for our annual garage sale will be very welcome indeed.
Could you foster a Rescue Border Collie? Would you like to help at a dog wash, garage sale, or other fundraiser? We'd be glad to have you as a volunteer. Please see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for information about fostering. And see below for many, many more ideas on how you can help us help Border Collies who need a home!
Also, please see our Fundraising Items For Sale web page. All proceeds from the sale of these items go directly to help our rescue Border Collies.
If you would like to make a donation to our "rescue medical fund" to help the rescue dogs in our care with their medical needs (like Sweetie, who needed extensive orthopedic surgery at a cost of $950, which we raised through donations from some very generous animal lovers), we would be extremely grateful. Please make your check or money order payable to "East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue" and mail it to: Attn: Rescue Medical Fund, East TN Border Collie Rescue, PO Box 77, Oliver Springs, TN 37840-0077. We, and all our rescues, thank you!
You can help our rescued Border Collies by clicking on the links below and making purchases. A percentage of your purchase will be donated to our rescue group. Thanks!
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There are many, many ways you can help Rescue. Can you...
- Transport a dog?
- Donate a dog bed or towels or other bedding-type items?
- Donate MONEY?
- Donate a Kong? A nylabone?
- Donate a crate?
- Donate an x-pen or baby gates?
- Donate a food dish or a stainless steel bucket for a crate?
- Donate a leash?
- Donate a collar?
- Donate some treats or a bag of food?
- Donate a halti collar or promise collar?
- Walk a dog?
- Groom a dog?
- Donate some grooming supplies (shampoos, combs, brushes, etc.)?
- Go to the local shelter and see if that dog is the breed the shelter says it is or go with rescue to be a second opinion on the dog?
- Make a few phone calls?
- Mail or email applications to people who've requested them?
- Provide local vet clinics with contact information for educational materials on responsible pet ownership?
- Drive a dog to and from vet appointments?
- Donate long distance calling cards?
- Donate photo developing fees?
- Donate the use of a photocopier?
- Attend public education days and try to educate people on responsible pet ownership?
- Donate a pet store gift certificate?
- Donate a raffle item if your club is holding a fund raiser?
- Donate flea prevention medication?
- Donate heartworm preventive pills?
- Donate a first aid kit?
- Provide a shoulder to cry on when the rescue person is overwhelmed?
- Pay the boarding fees to board a dog for a week? Two weeks?
- Be a Santa-Paws foster to give the foster a break for a few hours or days?
- Clip coupons for dog food or treats?
- Bake some homemade doggie biscuits?
- Make purchases through the www.iGive.com web site, which contributes commissions earned to our rescue group?
- Host rescue photos and/or an information link to us on your website?
- Donate time to take good photos of new fosters?
- Conduct a home visit or accompany a rescue person on the home visit?
- Go with rescue person to the vet to help if there is more than one dog?
- Have a yard sale or attend a flea market and donate the money to rescue?
- Be a volunteer to do rescue in your area? These United States and Canada are vast and all the states in the US and provinces in Canada are not covered by a rescue group.
- Take advantage of a promotion on the web or store offering a free ID tag, and instead of getting it for your own dog, have the tag inscribed with our phone number to contact? This makes a reusable ID tag for dogs while in foster care.
- Talk to all your friends about adopting and fostering rescue dogs?
- Donate vet services or can you help by donating a spay or neuter each year or some vaccinations?
- Interview vets and talk to your own vet to encourage them to offer discounts to rescues?
- Write a column for your local newspaper or club newsletter on dogs currently looking for homes or ways to help rescue?
- Help organize and run fundraising events?
- Tattoo a rescued dog?
- Microchip a rescued dog?
- Loan your carpet steam cleaner to someone who has fostered a dog that was sick or marked in the house?
- Donate a bottle of bleach or other cleaning products?
- Donate or loan a portable dog run to someone who doesn't have a quarantine area for quarantining a dog that has an unknown vaccination history and has been in a shelter?
- Use your video camera to film a rescue dog in action?
- Pay the cost of taking a dog to obedience class?
- Be the one to take the dog to its obedience class?
- Go to the foster home once a week with your children and dogs to help socialize the dog?
- Help the foster clean up the yard (yes, we also have to scoop what those foster dogs poop!)
- Offer to test the foster dog with cats?
- Pay for the dog to be groomed?
- Pay a house-cleaning service to do the spring cleaning for someone who fosters dogs all the time?
- Lend your artistic talents to your club's newsletter, fundraising ideas, and/or t-shirt designs?
- Donate printer paper, envelopes and stamps to your rescue group?
- Go with a rescue person to the vet if a foster dog needs to be euthanized?
- Go to local shelters and meet with shelter staff about how to identify your breed or provide photos and breed information showing the different types of that breed that may come in and the different color combinations?
- Go to local businesses and solicit donations for a rescue group's fundraising event?
- Help owners be better pet owners by holding a grooming seminar?
- Help pet owners be better pet owners by being available to answer training questions?
- Donate or loan a crate if a dog needs to travel by air?
- Put together an *Owner's Manual* for those who adopt rescued dogs of your breed?
- Provide post-adoption follow up or support?
- Donate a coupon for a free car wash or gas or inside cleaning of a vehicle?
- Donate agility or flyball equipment?
Do you have any suggestions we can add to and improve the above list? If so, please email Karen.