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The Charity Game of Love: Give to the Max Day (Today!)

November 13, 2013 5 comments
Cupcake - A Minnesota Sheltie Rescue adoptee and frequent blog guest. :)

Cupcake – A Minnesota Sheltie Rescue adoptee and frequent blog guest. 🙂

It’s like the most competitive game on earth, but in this case it involves love, money and it helps out Minnesota charities in a big way.

What is it? Give to the Max Day and it starts at midnight tonight!

Give to the Max Day is the one day of the year when charities from around the state of Minnesota compete to raise money for their charities and have a chance to not only double their donations via matching grants, but also win additional prize money that can be used to do even more to help their communities in the coming year .

For many charities, like Minnesota Sheltie Rescue (MNSR), it is a day that can determine how many Shelties we can save and how many will get a chance at a new life in a loving home. The money raised, starting at midnight tonight through midnight tomorrow night, will help us to continue to save Shelties like the ones we just took in from the Pine River puppy mill raid or the ones that were left behind when their owner died unexpectedly. 

Give to the Max Day is a big deal. Huge.

Last year, Minnesota Sheltie Rescue (MNSR) was lucky enough to come in 2nd place in the small charity category. It allowed us to say “Yes” to many Shelties in need, including Shelties from Pine River puppy mill raid.

Here are just some of the things Minnesota Sheltie Rescue did this year: 

  • Spent $45,000.00 in veterinary expenses in 2013 (and the year is not over yet!). This total does not include expenses for grooming, food, supplies and training.
  • Took in 53 Shelties (30 of which came to us just this fall).
  • Placed 36 of the 41 Shelties currently in our program into loving foster homes (5 are still waiting to be placed into available foster homes).
  • Helped Sheltie owners seeking information on Sheltie health and behavioral issues.
  • Educated Sheltie owners on keeping their Sheltie safe and what to do if they get lost.

Since 2003, Minnesota Sheltie Rescue has placed 710 Shelties into new homes. We’d like to continue to say “Yes” to more Shelties in need and make that number grow even more.

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Patty Ana is one of the MNSR Shelties who has been helped by your donations in 2013. Patty had a large mammary tumor removed after she came into rescue. She also had a dental and was spayed and received routine veterinary care. Patty was adopted this summer and now is enjoying life with her forever family.

You can help us do so by contributing to Minnesota Sheltie Rescue in the next 24 hours. Can’t give much? That’s okay. Remember, for every dollar you donate, a Minnesota organization is contributing a matching dollar amount.

If you give $5, MNSR gets $10. Not only that, but MNSR also has a chance to win a random drawing of $1000 every hour and the random drawing for  $10,000 at the end of the evening.

So when is the best time to give during Give to the Max Day? During the power hours listed below. The charities that receive the most donations in these hours win a $1000 prize grant for a total of $5,000 in prize grants each power hour!

  • 2:00-2:59 a.m.
  • 5:00-5:59 a.m.
  • 5:00-5:59 p.m.
  • 6:00-6:59 p.m.
  • 11:00-11:59 p.m.

How to donate: Click here and make a contribution. That’s it.

Oh yeah. Did I mention that you can see how we’re doing on our Give to the Max Minnesota Sheltie Rescue page too? To see where we rank on the main LeaderBoard, Go here. As of 6 AM Central Time we are in 8th place on the Small Nonprofit Leader Board!

Check it out several times a day and cheer us on!

Thanks for your support!

What happens to a 14 year old Sheltie when her owner passes away? Fortunately for Lady & her 11 year old son, Jasper, MN Sheltie Rescue was able to take them in. Thanks to your generous donations during last year's Give to the Max, Lady and Jasper received the veterinary care they needed. Lady's care alone was almost $1000.

What happens to a 14 year old Sheltie when her owner passes away? Fortunately for Lady & her 11 year old son, Jasper, MN Sheltie Rescue was able to take them in. Thanks to your generous donations during last year’s Give to the Max, Lady and Jasper received the veterinary care they needed. Lady’s care alone was almost $1000.

Jasper came in with his mom, Lady, after their owner died. They are looking to go to their forever home together.

Jasper came in with his mom, Lady, after their owner died. They are looking to go to their forever home together.

Meet sisters, Pearl and Roxie, also with Minnesota Sheltie Rescue and looking for their forever home. You will fall in love with them after you watch this video.

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (A shelter pet’s tale)

December 6, 2010 5 comments

Knowing that my local shelter (the one I’ve volunteered at for many years) will be closing soon is so hard to accept. So maybe this take on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas hit me harder than it normally would, but then again, maybe not. I hope you will pass it on. It’s a good reminder this Christmas.

(This was posted on the Doberman Rescue board and shared by Ann Kinney.)

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full – we are lost, but not found.
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
we hope every minute that someone will care.
They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call,
“Come here, Max and Sparkie – come fetch your new ball!!

But now we sit here and think of the days..
we were treated so fondly – we had cute, baby ways.
Once we were little, then we grew and we grew
now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.

So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
they reacted so quickly – why were they so rash?
We “jump on the children:, “don’t come when they call”,
we “bark when they leave us”, climb over the wall.
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

If only they’d trained us, if only we knew…
we’d have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.
We were left in the backyard, or worse -let to roam,
now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye…
“Maybe someone else will give you a try.”

So now here we are, all confused and alone…
in a shelter with others who long for a home.
The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
with so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat,

They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…
we know that they wonder how long we’ll be here.
We lay down and sweet dreams fill our heads..
of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears –
our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.

If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the Inn –
could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
We count on your kindness each day of the year –
can you give more than hope to everyone here?
Please make a donation to pay for the heat…
and help get us something special to eat.
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
and more of us will, if more people will give.

Please adopt if you can or donate to a shelter so more of them don’t close.
And please, if you have an issue with your pet, get help. Don’t just give up.

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