Friday, January 21, 2011

Click to help my favorite animal rescuers

As my long-time blog readers know, my husband and I used be foster "parents" for Tails of Hope, an animal rescue organization here in Maryland that also covers the other mid-Atlantic states. We fostered twenty-three dogs (not at the same time) and one cat. (If you follow that link in the previous sentence, you can read some of my blog posts about the dogs and see some funny pictures. Don't worry--none of them will make you sad, because they all went to perfect, forever homes. Yay!)

If it weren't for Tails of Hope, I never would've met the real-life inspiration for Dexter in Bad to the Bone, Foots.

And we never would have gotten our seven-pound cute attack, Twinkle! She was our foster cat for about half a day before we decided to keep her (though the official adoption didn't happen until after we were sure she would get along with our other pets).

So Tails of Hope is doing another Shelter Challenge, where you can vote to help them receive grant money and other prizes.

All you have to do is go to the Animal Rescue Site Shelter Challenge page, enter Tails of Hope in the search box, and then follow the instructions to vote. You don't need to give any personal information or register or anything like that. It's totally private and totally effortless.

You can vote once per day per computer. The site will remember that Tails of Hope was the last one you voted for, so you won't have to search for it again. It takes about ten seconds a day to vote.

I added the link to my Firefox toolbar by clicking on the "paw" icon in the URL box and simply dragging it to my toolbar. That way I remember every day when I'm scanning the toolbar looking for a way to waste time. I think Internet Explorer works the same way. Voting continues until March 20.

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I don't get much time to volunteer these days due to book deadlines and the day-to-day duties of running a business, so this is one of the few ways I can help, by spreading the word. If you would in turn help me by reposting the link and the voting instructions on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever, I would be very grateful.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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i love that you foster animals. :) i'd do it, but we don't have the means. instead we adopted Riley from a rescue sanctuary and she's been a wonderful addition to our family.

LOVE the Dexter-look alike!! and of course, Twinkle!!! black and white cats are love. :)

a house just isn't home unless it's got an animal!! <3

Posted by: Blogger Jennzah at 1/21/2011 11:59 AM

Oh, we don't foster anymore. With Meadow's bad back, she can't play with other dogs. :-( And no more cats, because two is enough! :-)

This is what the real Dexter looks like, as he's described in the book (as opposed to being depicted on the cover). Then again, the real Ciara has blond hair.

a house just isn't home unless it's got an animal!!

I agree!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/21/2011 2:07 PM

I happily voted.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/21/2011 4:24 PM

Excellent! Thanks for the cranium's up. I voted. Will vote often. Sending out the vibes they win.

Posted by: Blogger Vickie at 1/21/2011 11:15 PM

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