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|Thursday, May 28th, 2009|
Tiger Haven Charity Auction
Mephit Fur Meet attendees mostly already know about the big charity auction held every year to benefit Tiger Haven. It is getting the time of year to start considering donating something to the auction. Don't just be a watcher, be a helper! The charity auction depends on donations so we need your help.
If you cannot attend MFM you can still donate by mailing your donations to me, contact me for address.
All proceeds go to Tiger Haven to help the big cats. You can check out their website at www.TigerHaven.org to find out more information.
The kitties will thank you! Current Mood: sore
|Wednesday, August 5th, 2009|
New volunteer costuming group
We're a new volunteer costuming group in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Our goal is to provide costume entertainment at charity and non-profit events around Vancouver, BC.
We're still in the process of organizing, but we're already doing events, as you can see in our Youtube channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/CommunityCritters
We're aware that Helping Paws also covers the Vancouver, BC area. They're a good group, but they are fairly closed membership. We are still open to new members; you can private message us if you're interested.
|Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010|
Check this out!!!!
Tiger Haven has been coming under attack from their neighbors. The neighbors have decided they do not want Tiger Haven to be there any more and have started a petition to have Tiger Haven closed. There is nowhere for these big cats to go so Tiger Haven has started a petition of names stating they want Tiger Haven to stay open. Please take a moment of time to go sign Tiger Haven's petition. It can be found on their website or via this link: http://www.tigerhav en.org/petition. htm
Thank you so much for your help.
|Tuesday, October 21st, 2008|
Those who know me, hi again, those who don't, it's nice to meet you. I'm Rona.
I wanted to tell you all what I did today. My friend Makojin and I went to volenteer at the local no-kill shelter. This poor place is overflowing with animals. There isn't enough room for all the beautiful babies there.
I cleaned out the cat liter boxes, not the best work, but hey, it helped! I cleaned out three rooms of liter boxes. In the first room, the Tom room, the toms were all over me. (About seventeen of them.) A beautiful chocolate brown baby demanded my attention when I was moving from one box to the next. (There were four in this room.) His purr was amazing.
We move on to the second room after I sweep up and scratch and pet some of the toms on the head. We then moved to the lady's room, all these little girls. I met Uno, a lovely calico with one eye. She was purring from the moment I walked into the room. There were five liter boxes in this room, and the whole time, I had a few girls sitting on my lap. There had to be about twenty two females in this room. Too many, but the rooms are big.
I moved on to the kitten room, and the screen door that seperates the rooms from the hallway was covered in kittens that wanted attention. I sat down and was introduced to a few of the kittens, SnowBall and a few others. A blind little guy (who has been adopted <3!!) jumped up on my shoulder, and that is where he stayed while I was in that room. Two brothers also insisted on my full undivided attention, to the point that I have several claw marks on my knees.
It was amazing. I met so many amazing pets. I hate that they can't take any more... Yet people still dump them in the pens at night. It's so sad to hear that people are mean and stupid.
But I will be back, even if I just clean the liter boxes... or donate food, or just my time. It's something.
Thank you for reading.
|Thursday, December 11th, 2008|
Don't forget the animals this holiday season!
Now that we're knee-deep in the holidays shopping season, don't forget to add one more recipient to your gift list: your favorite species.
It doesn't have to be much to make a difference. While $25 may not seem like a lot*, for most animal welfare organizations, it's always very appreciated, especially if it's a local organization. Many animal rescue and welfare organizations make it easy for you to donate (sometimes called "adopting an animal") right through their Websites.It's just 3 easy steps:
1) Use the Google. Find groups/facilities that are dedicated (at least in part) to the preservation of your chosen species. Try searches like "wolf rescue," "tiger conservation," or "cougar preservation" to get started.
2) After looking through their sites, pick one (or more), and give what you can.
3) Post a message like this one to your LiveJournal, and ask your friends to do the same.
With all the pressure to buy more (and more expensive) gifts for friends, family, coworkers, and the like, the holiday shopping budget just gets squeezed even tighter. Here's some ideas:
- If you bought something on deep discount, use part of that savings as your donation.
- If someone asks you what you would like for a gift, ask them to donate instead.
- In lieu of a gift for a furry friend, donate something to their favorite animal's welfare.If you've already sent in your donation, or an planning to do so, then awesome pawsome sauce!
And thanks for making the world a slightly better place!
* To put things in perspective, I spend almost $600 a year for my morning coffee. :)
|Friday, July 25th, 2008|
Pets Without Parents Calendar Contest
I am currently working part time at an animal shelter called Pets Without Parents
in Columbus, OH. Each year they have a calendar contest with ALL proceeds benefiting the shelter.
Basically, people submit photos of their pets (if you would like to submit one- there are details on the page :) ) and people vote for each photo. Each vote costs one doller. The top 12 pets with the most votes by August 31st get to be featured as a "centerfold" in the calendar.
The calendar will be avaliable for $15 by mid-October. :)
My rescue Dottie is going to be on the voting page here within the next day or two. ;) I submitted her photo in her memory. BUT- even if you do not vote for Dottie...Remember, voting is by a dollar donation so every vote helps, even if it is just one!
Please check out the voting page. You can use paypal for your donation vote or mail the donation with your vote into the shelter. :)
I love working at the shelter...and trust me, the animals there need all the help they can get! The shelter relies on COMMUNITY DONATIONS ALONE! They do not get government help at all! So get on your voting caps a bit early and help out some awesome critters in need!! CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR SOME CALENDAR CUTE PETS!!
|Friday, July 11th, 2008|
We Gotz a Logo Now
Just wanted to give a little shout out to sophiecabra
for making the Furs For Good Logo!!!!
Wayah Current Mood: chipper
|Friday, July 4th, 2008|
Wendingo's Fire Fund
On Wednesday, July 2, wendingo
's home was struck by lightning and caught fire.
He detailed the situation in his own journal:http://wendingo.livejournal.com/154701.htmlhttp://wendingo.livejournal.com/154510.html
Thankfully everyone is safe and his pets got out ok, but they'll be out of their house for at least the next six months and there's a lot of damage. On top of that, his recent job hunt hasn't been very fruitful.
He's a Boston-area fur and he could use some friends right now.
I've started a relief fund on my Paypal account on behalf of wendingo
and his family. Please give what you can and little_coon
and I will ensure he gets every penny.
|Thursday, June 5th, 2008|
Tiger Haven Charity Auction
To: Friends of the big cats
Subject: MFM 2008 Tiger Haven Charity Auction Update
First of all thank you in advance for taking time to read this letter.
My name is Amber Barnes, known in the furry fandom as PrincessB. You may be used to receiving regular contact from Keith Dickinson (Hikaru) about the Tiger Haven charity auction and are wondering why that is not the case this time. You may have met me at some point over the last few years, beginning with MFM 2005 I started helping Hikaru with the charity auction. At the end of MFM 2005 I was put on staff as "assistant to the head of the charity auction", fancy way of saying I was Hikaru's right hand gal. Throughout MFM 2005, 2006 and 2007 I was at the charity donation table assisting with taking in your donations and setting up the auction. At the end of MFM 2007 Hikaru asked me to take over as lead of the charity auction, his health problems sometimes make him unsure of whether he will make it to MFM and I live near Nashville, Tn so it also cost me less to make the trip to MFM. So this MFM, 2008, will be my first year as lead of the Tiger Haven charity auction, and I am hoping to make my first year a great success, I need you for that though. Without your kindness and generosity this auction would not be possible.
As you may or may not know, Tiger Haven is a sanctuary and rescue facility for big cats, much like an animal shelter for dogs and house cats - except that they are a "no kill" facility. They are a privately run, non-profit organization that is dedicated to taking care of big cat's that have been abused, confiscated by authorities or abandoned.
New, permanent enclosures are always needed for the animals that will provide a den, covered porch area where they can lounge during rainstorms and pools so the cats can cool down in the summer heat. These enclosures are made of steel, cinder block buildings and heavy duty fencing materials. The cost is quite expensive for each cave and varies by animal size.
Care and maintenance of the animals is also a constant battle. On average, it cost about $1200/month PER ANIMAL to feed them. If you add in the monthly veterinary costs and other expenses associated with housing these animals, I think you'll get an idea of the finances involved.
Each year the Mephit Fur Meet holds a charity auction to raise money for the Tiger Haven Sanctuary. Each year the amount raised is but a drop in the bucket of the costs that the workers of Tiger Haven face everyday but every bit helps and is greatly appreciated.
In order for us to raise money at this auction, we require donations of saleable items. These items may be anything from a simple T-shirt or plushy up to practically anything you can desire to donate. Since Tiger Haven is a 501(c)(3) organization, any item you wish to donate will be considered tax deductible. We are requesting that people who wish to donate multiple items do so as a group if they are of the same time of object. Plushies, books, art and such will be auctioned off as a single item at the discretion of the auction coordinator. This change is being made to hopefully reduce the amount of time taken by the auction.
If you are interested in joining us in this year's Charity Auction, then please simply reply to this E-Mail, or if you prefer, you may contact me directly at the following:
Tiger Haven Charity Auction
c/o Amber Barnes
121 Hazelwood Dr Apt E27
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Please keep in mind that, if possible, I will need all donations by August 1, 2008 in order to properly inventory all items in time for the auction.
I personally have visited Tiger Haven and found the visit greatly rewarding. To see the cages that have been built by the money we raised at MFM, seeing the cats so happy in their safe homes was an honor to me. The workers at Tiger Haven are doing a great service in working so hard to give these cats a good home and every bit of money that we raise helps make their job a little bit easier.
I would like to thank you again for taking the time to read this E-Mailing as well as for any donation you wish to make towards the Mephit Fur Meet 2008, Tiger Haven Charity Auction.
I also welcome you to visit the Tiger Haven website at www.tigerhaven.org where you can read some of the recent news, see pictures of the cats and even "adopt" a cat for a year.
If you wish more information about the Mephit Fur Meet or the charity auction, please contact our web site at http://www.mephitfurmeet.org
Please help me make this year a wonderful year for all the big cats at Tiger Haven.
Amber Barnes Current Mood: energetic
|Monday, June 23rd, 2008|
New Helping Pawz Website
After a couple years of needing an update -Helping Pawz-
now has a new website: http://www.helpingpawz.org/
Our Characters, past events, history, photos and future scheduled events are now up to date and maintained by tkcom
TK spent many hours working on the new website and did an absolutely fantastic job re-designing it.
This year has been a very active year for us, adding great new members and even new events, the requests for our entertainment has been outstanding. It's really nice working in our communities for a good cause, every event has been special in some way to each of us.
|Tuesday, June 17th, 2008|
Pittsburgh Parrot Rescue
With Anthrocon coming up next weekend, fursforgood
would like to spotlight the con’s Chairity of Choice: The Pittsburgh Parrot Rescue
The PPR was founded in Pittsburgh, PA by Roberta Weisensee. Pittsburgh Parrot Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer organization focusing on educating the public on the specialized care that pet birds require. PPR accepts unwanted pet birds and adopts them to qualified applicants. PPR accepts found, abandoned, neglected and abused pet birds and rehabilitates them before offering them for adoption.
For those of you that may not be attending Anthrocon, I invite you to look this facility up and DONATE. Donations can be made directly to PPR via their website's
contact page at http://pages.prodigy.net/zazubird/contact.htm. I also invite you to view the Charity Auction FAQ on the Anthrocon website: http://www.anthrocon.org/charity.
PPR’s Homepage: http://pages.prodigy.net/zazubird/ppr.htm Current Mood: chipper
|Saturday, June 14th, 2008|
|Sunday, June 1st, 2008|
I just finished reading "Blessed Unrest" by Paul Hawken. I speak about it in detail on my LiveJournal found here: http://wingywoof.livejournal.com/432972.html
The author is a member of this amazing website: http://www.wiserearth.org/
It is an ever-expanding, but far from complete database of groups and individuals who are working to change the world for the better. As I read over the different groups listed there I can't help but think to myself, "This is what the internet was made for."
|Friday, May 30th, 2008|
This month, Furs For Good highlights:
This non-profit group was founded in 2003 by a small group of British Columbian furs, including the likes of Thumper and fursuit builder, Kodi Pup. The group has seen its membership grow from 7 mascots originally, to 12 with a few rookies in the wings waiting for their chance to perform with the group. The groups mission is to enrich the experiences of those in their community through performance entertainment. Thumper says, “Our main goal internally was to find an outlet for our desire to perform in character. All our volunteers enjoy performing or assisting character performers. We wanted to find fun opportunities for those with such a desire to be or work with characters and to do so in a way that positively affects others in the community, rather than purely for our own personal entertainment.” The group works with various non-profit groups – primarily focusing on groups that benefit children's or family organizations, such as: The BC Children's Hospital Foundation, The Chilliwack Hospice Society, The Terry Fox Foundation, and multiple ALS Research organizations. The mascots also appear at art shows, fundraisers, parades, mainly to entertain the children attending those events. The group does not accept payment for their volunteer services and any donations they have received from some groups for participating in their events have generally been turned around into donations from the group to other organizations they work with unless absolutely needed for operating expenses. Thumper goes on to talk about the positive impact Helping Pawz has had on the non-profit organizations they have had the pleasure to work with, “Some of the groups we work with have struggled in the past to consistently bring participants to their fundraising events. Those events are critical to the operation and survival of those organizations. We have been able to notice for groups with whom we have volunteered for at least a few years in a row is that kids are eager to return to the events the following years to see our characters. As a result more parents and families that may have not returned without their kids' enthusiasm do in-fact return year after year. We have seen some groups increase their fundraising by 30-70% in the time we have worked with them which are larger increases in participation and fundraising than they had seen in years past.” The mascots also bring much needed smiles and laughter to children and families dealing with a heavy emotional burden, such as a debilitating illness.
Through the hard work of some very dedicated and fun loving people, Helping Pawz continues to bring smiles and joy to people in British Columbia and the surrounding areas. This group shows us that a few good natured souls can reach out to their neighborhood in a positive way and in turn show the world that they have hearts of gold.
“Helping Pawz” logo, and photos in slideshow used with permission.
Article and Slideshow by Brian “Wayah” Rosser
Know other people or groups that you would like to see featured at Furs For Good? Please send correspondence to email@example.com. Please forward the organizations or person’s contact info as well as a brief reason why you think they should be featured. Current Mood: accomplished
|Saturday, May 10th, 2008|
With Morphicon looming around the corner I thought I would highlight their chairity of choice, Ferrets Unlimited Ferret Shelter.
Ferrets Unlimited have been rescuing these little guys since they opened their doors in 1993. They are a volunteer, no-kill shelter that finds homes for abandoned ferrets and provides a permanent, loving home for those whom an adoptee can't be found.
For those of you interested in learning about this great facility please go to: www.ferretsunlimited.org.
Know any furry or animal related charities that you would like spotlighted here? Feel free to send a email to FursForGood(at)mac(dot)com.
Thanks for Caring
Wayah Current Mood: chipper
|Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008|
A fellow fur needs your help, and you can get awesome prizes for helping! Follow to fake cut to find out how!!(Find Out How!)
-Sema Current Mood: hopeful
Big Brothers Big Sisters- Bowl for Kid's Sake 2008
On saturday, feroswolf
. and I attended Big Brothers Big Sisters "Bowl for Kid's Sake" fundraiser as Paws Fur a Cause
. It was a huge success! We got there around 9:30am, bowling didn't start till 11am but we wanted to be there early to help energize the crowd. So many people attended and we got tons of pictures taken with attendees. We were even requested to take pictures holding AT&T bags, because they were one of the biggest sponsors. We obviously didn't do well bowling but that was not the reason why we were there. We had a kid following us around the whole time. He had an iPod shuffle around his neck and was listening to it and would stop every so often and dance. So we joined in on the dance party. He was sooo cute! But he kept wanting to be picked up and it tore me up that i couldn't but i gave him lots of hugs and high fives. The kid was about 4.
Here is a picture of Schadenfruede with our little buddy.
A little slideshow
|Saturday, April 12th, 2008|
Is anyone doing anything for Earth Day 2008? Current Mood: curious
|Wednesday, March 5th, 2008|
Paws Fur a Cause, First Event.
We haven't been around for all that long, but
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We haven't been around for all that long, but <a href="http://www.pawsfuracause.com>Paws Fur a Cause</a> already has it's fist event lined up.
We will be participating in the annual <a href="http://bowlforkidssake.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=257838&lis=1&kntae257838=E8D56DAE88BB443DAAFEDC2901029C6F&login=t"> Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake</a>, as sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.
For more information on how to sign up, or how you can support this cause (as well as other Paws Fur a Cause events), you can visit <a href="http://www.pawsfuracause.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=15"> Our Forums </a>
-Feros :: Paws Fur a Cause Founder
Making a Difference, One Paw at a Time
We are growing
Furs for Good and Paws Fur a Cause have joined forces and we have a site/forum. Now I know that the volunteer group part is based in FL but we have the networking/social forum for people that live outside of FL.
25 strong and growing everyday