Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Our regular Wednesday blogger, Quilts-by-Lee, is out of town for a family emergency so I’m filling in by doing her blog today. I hope this doesn’t confuse everyone having the Wednesday blog on Tuesday.

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite subjects – helping out homeless cats and dogs and other pets. Now, more than ever, homeless pets are having a really hard time of it. With the economy in trouble, not as many people are adopting pets as they did in previous years. In addition, so many people who are losing their homes to foreclosure are having to give up their pets, too. So the shelters are bulging at the seams with so many animals and getting less funding. Did you know that there are ways to help these animals without stirring from your computer or digging out the checkbook? Well, read on.

In 2008, Mimi Ausland, a young girl from Oregon, started out wanting to feed the animals at the local animal shelter. Then she saw a site where rice would be donated to hungry people by clicking on a link. So she asked her dad to set up a website for dogs and FreeKibble.com was born. In addition to providing free kibble to the Humane Society of Central Oregon, they’ve added 13 shelters from Oregon to Florida to their list and hope to expand to include many more. They have partnered with Castor and Pollux to provide these animals with a high quality, all natural kibble. And so the cats wouldn’t be left out they created FreeKibbleKat.com to provide food for cats in these shelters, too. To help out, all you have to go is go to http://www.freekibble.com/ and http://www.freekibblekat.com/ , answer a fun trivia question and 10 pieces of kibble will be donated. You don’t even have to get the right answer! According to the sites, nearly 120,000,000 pieces of dog kibble and over 85,000,000 of cat kibble have been donated so far. They have a different question on each site every day, so make it part of your morning computer routine to play BowWow and Meow Trivia. It’s fun, educational and helps a lot of homeless animals.

Another great site for effortless giving is The Animal Rescue Site at http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/. Funding for food and care is paid by site sponsors and distributed to animals in need at the Fund for Animals' renowned animal sanctuaries (including Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in California), pet shelters supported by the Petfinder Foundation , North Shore Animal League , and other worthy animal care facilities supported by the GreaterGood.org foundation. In addition, Petfinder.com is a great place to start your search for your next pet. The site also has a store with all sorts of nifty things for animal lovers.

If you know of other sites like these, please go to the comment section and tell us about them.


  1. How nice to learn of this. Go read my blog of yesterday or the day before & the little bird. I've got another 'saving' story from today to post later this week.

    All our animals have been 'homeless', & we never had a bad one ... love them all. TTFN ~ Marydon

  2. Thanks for filling in for me Barbara, great job.