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For fifteen years, Alley Cat Allies has been hosting National Feral Cat Day and asking rescue groups nationwide to celebrate with them. This year, National Feral Cat Day and cat rescuers are trying to make Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) a Revolution–and they want you to join!

There will be lots of events on October 16 to celebrate National Feral Cat Day. Find one in your area by going HERE and get involved.

For more information on National Feral Cat Day, visit the web site HERE.

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Once again, PetPromise will be hosting their “5K Walk and Run for Homeless Pets.” The Rescue Run will take place over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 23, with the race beginning at 10:00 am. Walkers, runners, and friendly dogs are welcome to come out and support PetPromise’s efforts to change the future for homeless pets.

The event takes place at McFerson Commons Park (in the Arena District) located on Nationwide Blvd. at 218 West Street in Columbus.

The registration fee is $30. May 20 is the last day to register online.

To get all the details about the Rescue Run and register online, go HERE.

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On Tuesday, May 12 through Wednesday, May 13 (from 10 am to 10 am), The Columbus Foundation will present a 24 hour opportunity for Central Ohio non-profits that are part of their PowerPhilanthropy to receive donations from the public. Those groups receiving donations will also be able to get money from The Columbus Foundation’s bonus pool of funds–up to 1.3 million dollars!

From 10 am on May 12 to 10 am on May 13, credit card donations of $20 will have the fees covered by The Columbus Foundation. That means 100 percent of donations will go to the charity you choose!

To participate, just visit Columbusfoundation.org.

Click on the BIG GIVE  banner.

Select the non-profit of your choice from among 600 plus organizations that are part of PowerPhilanthropy.  To see all of the groups, go HERE.

There are 26 organizations that are listed under “Animal Welfare and Conservation.” To see all of these groups for animals, go HERE. Click on “Program Area” and select “Animal Welfare and Conservation.”

I highly recommend that you donate to our friends at PetPromise. We do a lot of collaborative work with PetPromise and we love them and all the great things they do. Your money will go to help with Trap Neuter Return projects through their City Kitty Program or to help find homes for abandoned and neglected cats and dogs.

Secondly, I would ask you to donate to Sunrise Animal Sanctuary. This super organization in rural Marysville provides lifelong sanctuary to abused and neglected farm animals.

I am also recommending that people donate to Columbus Dog Connection. Columbus Dog Connection has a new Mobile Spay/Neuter Truck and to ease the burden of fundraising for other rescues, they also write for and share grant money to help save more cats and dogs. We have used “The Andy,” the mobile clinic, over the past two years for spay and neuter days in Buckeye Lake and rural Champaign County and the staff and clinic are super!

Additionally, a group I am suggesting is the Ohio Wildlife Center. Any donations that are made to the Ohio Wildlife Center will be used to help wild animals that have been injured and to support their work in the hospital and in their educational programs. They are a great place and I have taken rescued baby birds, bunnies, and other wildlife in need to them on many occasions.

Another group I love is Pet FBI Pets found by Internet. Pet FBI helps to reunite lost pets with their owners by allowing people to post photos and information on pets that have been lost and pets that have been found.

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I also have a soft spot in my heart for the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue. After fostering a bunny that was dumped at my parent’s house out in the country, I have a special love for Little Bunny Foo Foos and all those special people who save these soft, gentle babies.

We use SOS of Ohio, Shelter Outreach Services for many of our feral kitties. They have a wonderful program where they will allow you to bring a trapped cat in without an appointment from Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 2 pm. They’ll fix the kitty and send it back home with you by 5 pm the same day. Plus, they are one of the few vet hospitals in Columbus that will not declaw. Love that! Our vet, Dr. Kim West and her partner, Dr. Evelyn Tannhof at Health and Harmony Animal Hospital are the only other office besides SOS that I know of that refuses to declaw.

Additionally, you can pick these other great organizations:

1. Friends of the Shelter which provides funding for the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

2. Cat Welfare Association is a shelter dedicated to finding homes for cats and kittens.

3. Cozy Cat Cottage is another wonderful shelter that cares for cats and kittens until they can find permanent, forever homes.

4. Colony Cats also helps numerous kitties in the area. They are also premiere trappers, doing Trap-Neuter-Return projects all over the county.

5. Almost Home Dog Rescue provides homes for homeless Collies and other dogs looking for their families.

6. Capital Area Humane Society fights animal cruelty throughout Columbus and advocates for animals in the county.

If you want to help with Environmental Conservation, put that in when you search HERE. There are 30 organizations working on Environmental Conservation, including these that I like:

1. Green Energy Ohio

2. Green Columbus

3. Sierra Club Foundation

And the final groups I am putting a good word in for are not animal related, but are still favorites: WCBE, 90.5, and WOSU our local public radio stations, and Friends of the Drexel, supporting the independent movie theater in downtown Bexley.

I am an NPR junkie and my views of the world come directly from WCBE and WOSU. I don’t watch the news on television (too depressing), so the only real world news I get is from my public radio. I also love seeing the lesser known and usually award-winning films at the Drexel Theater in Bexley.

Pick one of these non-profits or one of the other 600 plus that are involved in The Big Give on May 12 and 13 and help many great causes. Believe me, most charities can use the extra help right now!

 

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On Saturday, May 9, join Central Ohio rescue groups and tons of vendors for the first Fetch A Friend Adopt-A-Thon at the Lausche Building located at the Ohio State Fairgrounds Expo Center in Columbus.

The event will run from 10 am to 7 pm and takes place the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, encouraging mothers to bring a new furry baby home. And if you are not currently a mother, become one by adopting on this Saturday!

Volunteers are needed to help with the event. If you would like to find out about volunteering, please go HERE.

Additionally, vendors and sponsors are also needed.

To sign up as a sponsor, go HERE.

To set up the day of the event as a vendor, go HERE.

If you know of a rescue group or shelter that would like to attend, please pass this information on to them and ask them to sign up HERE.

And finally, you can help make this event AMAZING by donating HERE.

To find out more about this mega-adoption day, which we hope will occur annually, visit the Fetch A Friend web site HERE.

To Like Fetch A Friend on Facebook, go HERE. You’ll be updated on all the exciting news if you are a Fetch A Friend Facebook Friend (wow, say that three times fast!).

We’ll have more news about this first of its kind event in Columbus as May 9 gets closer. So check back often.

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