Volunteering

Tommy’s Feral Felines – Bake Sale Fundraiser, Dec 14 & 15

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Tommy's - December 14 & 15 2013 Bake Sale

From Tommy’s Facebook post:

On Saturday and Sunday, December 14th and 15th, Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends will be hosting its annual Christmas bake sale at Big Lots in Auburn.

If you would like to bake we surely would appreciate it. If you don’t have time to bake then come over and purchase some of the best baked goods in New England.

All of these proceeds will help the many animals in our care who desperately need medical care and surgeries. It has been an extremely tough year for these animals. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to send a donation you could send it to Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends;P.O.Box 274,Greene,Maine 04236.

If you need more information please contact normblais39@yahoo.com or 207-650-8374.

I’ve been doing this for over 35 years and my partner and I have never seen so many animals in need of our help. Any small act of kindness could help save their lives.

Thanks, Norm.

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Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends is the Designated Non Profit for the 2014 Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo to be held Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27 at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue in Lewiston, Maine.

For more information about Tommy’s, check out their page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tommys-Feral-Feline-Friends/144388569019006 or visit their website at http://www.tommysferalfelinefriends.com/.

They do the work of angels, and on a shoestring budget, in the freezing cold, in the rain, and in the sweltering heat.  Unlike most shelters and rescues that work mostly from indoors, Tommy’s volunteer staff work outdoors in the elements, because that’s where the feral cats live.

Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.

Adopt a Kitty! From the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.

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From the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.

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Meet some of our new arrivals this Saturday. We will have new dogs, puppies, kittens and cats available for adoption!! Stop by and see them, and maybe take a new friend home for the Holidays!!

You can find them on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/gahumane or check out their website at http://www.gahumane.org.

I’ve been involved with the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in some fashion or another for decades, mostly by adopting our cats and dogs from them.  They’ve always been amazing, and clearly work very hard on behalf of the animals.  And their adoption numbers are huge!  People line up for hours in advance some days, just to be the first people in line to adopt.

Support… volunteer… donate!

Fosters Needed for Craigslist Puppies – Maine Lab Rescue

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Maine Lab Rescue - Fosters Needed for Craigslist Puppies

From Maine Lab Rescue’s Facebook page.  (We love Maine Lab Rescue; we’ve fostered for them many times, and our own Millie is a “Foster Failure”… I couldn’t bear to let her go once she came to stay with us!)

We’ll try to post updates from other rescues here, too.

*** SOUTHERN/CENTRAL MAINE FOSTERS NEEDED ***

PLEASE SHARE:

Many of our regular followers will remember the litter of pups we took that were listed as “Free on Craig’s List” in early November.

Honey Lynn, one of our regular fosters in Macon, was ready for her next foster when we found these pups.  Immediately she went over and took one pup; it looked like that might be all we could get of the eight.

Coincidentally, while chatting with another foster, Teresa, about the pups she was sending up that same week, she asked what we had for her next.  We sent her the link, which said free pups listed on CL.

Her immediate response was “I’ll take them. I hate to think what could happen to them.”

Our goals were to make sure they were kept out of the shelter system, and out of the clutches of anyone considering them for bait dogs. Hunter (not shown here), Honey Lynn’s foster, arrived last weekend and is already adoption pending.

This weekend his siblings arrive, they are in need of foster homes.

Please email info@mainelabrescue.org if you can help.

Event: Maine Lab Rescue Adoption Event, Saturday, December 14

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Maine Lab Rescue - 12 14 13 Adoption Day

*** ADOPTION EVENT ***

PLEASE SHARE: Join them on Saturday, December 14th at Pet Quarters, 486 Payne Rd, Scarborough, ME for an adoption event.

They’ll be on site from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Meet the Maine Lab Rescue volunteers, learn more about fostering and meet their available pets!

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My husband and I have fostered through Maine Lab Rescue, and are what’s known as “foster failures”… we adopted one of the foster pups!  (She’s absolutely the best dog I’ve ever lived with!)

We can’t say enough good things about Maine Lab Rescue!

FMI: https://www.facebook.com/MaineLabRescue and http://www.mainelabrescue.org/

Maine Lab Rescue is not for labs only… and they rescue cats, too!

Animal Rescue on a Limited Budget? The Maine Pet Expos Offers Several Options!

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A member of our Facebook group (https://facebook.com/groups/mainepetexpos) just asked how a rescue could get involved and have a booth at one of our Pet Expos, even though they have very limited budgets. 

Here’s my answer:

There are several ways. First, I do want to point out that the standard 6’d x 8’w booth is $249 for the two days, and the over-sized 6’d x 12′ wide is $329 for the two days. (These come with full pipes, drapes, tables, chairs, etc.)

While those prices are a lot less than home shows and business expos charge, I know they’re still too expensive for most rescues that operate on a shoestring and depend on volunteers.

So here are some options:

a) we will give a rescue an over-sized booth for $149 (that’s less than half of what everyone else will pay),

b) we’re assuming that could still be a bit too expensive, so we’re willing to help you find a kind soul or organization that will sponsor you by paying that $149 for the rescue,

c) if the booth is paid in full during our Early Bird Rate, which ends June 30th, it’s only $126.65,

d) we have “Non Profit Resource Tables” that are absolutely no-frills: no linens, no pipes & drapes… just a 6 foot table and a couple of chairs; the space is about 4′ deep by 8′ wide… the cost is $95, or $80.75 during the Early Bird rate period,

e) we have a Designated Non-Profit RFP that animal rescues and other non-profits can apply for, with one organization getting a free booth with full pipes and drapes, etc. The Pixel Fund was awarded that designation last year,

f) we have a very limited need for volunteers, and will donate $10 per hour of approved volunteer time to the exhibiting non-profit of their choice (The Pixel Fund got a few dollars out of that last year, too).

Another option is to come up with an idea that could help us mitigate our own costs, or would be an even exchange for expenses we already have planned… for example, if you owned a newspaper and could give me free advertising (with money I was already planning on spending), in exchange I would donate that money to the (exhibiting) non-profit or rescue of your choice.
We’re more than willing to be creative, as long as we can make a living at the Pet Expos and other events we’re doing!
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If you love animals the way we love animals, we hope you’ll get involved with The Maine Pet Expos. 

This year (2013), we will produce two pet shows, the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo on September 21-22 (note new dates!) at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue and the Greater Bangor Pet Expo on October 19-20 at the new Cross Insurance Conference Center in the old Bass Park Complex.

FMI:  Please join our discussion group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MainePetExpos, and “like” our page:  https://www.facebook.com/themainepetexpos.

For exhibit booth, sponsorship, show program advertising, workshops, Designated Non-Profit, and volunteer information, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.  You can also find information on these two sites:  http://andropetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com and http://bangorpetexpoexhibitors.eventbrite.com

We’re also working on a non-profit to raise funds for animal rescues – AARF – Animal Activist and Resource Fund.  You can read more about AARF at https://www.facebook.com/AARF.AnimalActivistResourceFund.

We foster dogs through two rescue organizations (Maine Lab Rescue and The Pixel Fund), and collect donations for several rescues.  For more information on either of these efforts, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.

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