Sometimes it seems like volunteering or making a difference requires a huge commitment of time and effort. But it doesn’t have to; there are plenty of ways to really help make a difference by making only a tiny investment in only 10 minutes a day. After all, little things add up quickly!
10 minutes in person:
If you see a loose animal outside somewhere, don’t just leave it to die! If you can approach it gently and safely, do so (especially if it’s a household pet like a cat or dog). If you can see a tag, the animal is most likely from your area and is far more likely to be tame and safe to approach. Either contact the owner or, if the animal is tag-less, contact animal control or your local humane society. If you call it in, be sure to give as much information as possible regarding location and appearance of the animal. If you are ever unsure about your safety when approaching an animal, don’t. Contact animal control.
Take a neighbor’s dog out for a short walk. Many of us have neighbors with limited time or mobility, whether it’s someone with a chronic illness, someone in a wheelchair, or simply a single parent. By having a standing arrangement to take their dog out for a walk (or just to use the bathroom), you will make a tremendous difference in the life of that dog as well as their owner.
Play with your own pet! Hopefully as a responsible pet owner, you make sure your furry friend is well fed, watered, and exercised. But don’t overlook playtime; mental exercise is critical in the long-term health of your pet. Moreover, your animal loves you and wants to bond with you on an ongoing basis. Don’t disappoint.
10 minutes online:
Share pictures of lost or found pets using social media. There are plenty of Facebook and Twitter feeds that show the pictures of animals that have been lost or found in your area. By following those feeds and sharing pictures, pets have a better chance of being reunited with their families.
Sign petitions regarding animal mistreatment. A number of websites use the internet to petition the government, companies, and even non-profit organizations to change standing policies or errors in judgment that result in animal abuse or questionable ethics. While some laugh at the idea of petitions being useful, progressive technology has helped this tool become much more serious and effective. Moreover, you are raising your own awareness (and the awareness of others when you post a status regarding the petition) of issues animals are facing.
‘Like’ and comment on pages and status updates on social media that are animal related. The more ‘likes’ a non-profit organization like the Fix-It Foundation receives, the more powerful its online presence becomes and consequently the more other people can be educated and become involved as well.
The proverb that “It takes a whole village to raise a child” is true for animals as well. Whether its making your own pooch happy at home or helping raise awareness for millions of people, you can make a real impact. You have 1,440 minutes in each day; using 10 of those minutes to make a difference is a small sacrifice that makes a big impact.
FiXiT wants to make a big impact for 25 animals hand-picked from GetYourFix.org by featuring them during the best time of the year: World Spay Day. Starting on Monday, February 24, we will launch an individual microfunding campaign for 6 of the 25 chosen cats and dogs. You can help us change their lives by donating as little as $10 to fund the actual cost of their spay/neuter surgeries. When the total cost has been raised for one animal, a fundraising campaign for a new cat or dog will take its place. We will continue all week long with the goal of raising funds for 25 animals!
Success! Animals funded during FiX 25 Spay Day campaign:
GetYourFix.org, a program of nonprofit organization FiXiT, is an online resource whose primary purpose is to introduce people in need of financial assistance to get the animals they care for fixed to generous people willing to sponsor a spay/neuter surgery. The site was created in response to the heartbreaking requests that we received from people wanting to do the right thing – telling us of their personal hardships and asking for our help to end the cycle of unwanted kittens and puppies. GetYourFix-registered pet owners have an extremely low income, 70 percent have a household income of less than $25,000, and 95 percent have a household income less than $50,000. As a result of this program, over 1500 surgeries have been sponsored since the launch of GetYourFix in 2011 in these low income households.
In late 2013, FiXiT launched a novel strategy to get 52 additional surgeries sponsored per year: GetYourFix Fix of the Week. A new animal profiled on GetYourFix is featured every week to allow multiple sponsors to microfund or pool their donations – as little as $10 – to raise the money to get that animal fixed. For World Spay Day 2014, GetYourFix will dramatically ramp up our Fix of the Week microfunding feature to meet a goal of helping 25 animals’ get fixed, offered to sponsors at a discounted rate from Monday February 24 – 28. Profiles will be chosen based on several criteria, including the caregiver and animal’s story, level of need, and risk of unwanted pregnancy, such as in homes with both an unaltered male and female of the same species. Please support this unique opportunity to help families in need and eliminate the risk of accidental breeding.
In 2013, FiXiT made a big impact on the pit bull terrier population with several promotions that resulted in over 250 dogs getting spayed and neutered. The reason is that about one third of the animals entering shelters every year are pit bulls.
But to start 2014, we want to make sure to target another group of animals contributing to the companion animal overpopulation problem: female cats. This is the time of year when females cats born last season are reaching maturity in order to contribute their own accidental litter or two of kittens to the problem. Most cat breeding is accidental – estimated to be at least 59 percent of all litters. We all know that spay and neuter is the answer, but in times of budgetary challenges getting a fix can not always be a priority.
In fact, last month we hit the landmark of 5000 cats that have been profiled on GetYourFix.org, whose owners need financial support to get them fixed. Many of these cats were first abandoned and then brought in by kind-hearted people that couldn’t stand and do nothing. For example, this week’s Fix of the Week, Kirah, was found abandoned by her mama cat and went through her first heat cycle just weeks ago. She needs fixed before an accident happens.
Queue celebratory horns…FIX FEMALE FELINES
FiXiT is now able to make it SUPER CHEAP to be a sponsor for these cats that need to be fixed with our NEW Fix Female Felines promotion. For just $25, you can sponsor one of the 100 female cats profiled on GetYourFix each month (get the detailshere). The majority of people profiling cats on our site have more than one cat that needs fixed – making these high risk situations that we can make a huge impact on by preventing accidental breeding.
This offer only lasts for a short time. Make a difference by helping those that help animals. Sponsor the fix for a female feline today!
Tia, one of Jill’s sponsored pit bull terriers. Click to see more on Pinterest!
This year the frontrunner for our esteemed honor of 2013 Sponsor of the Year came out of the blue. On November 7, Jill sponsored her first dog, Stinky, and from then on a whirlwind of activity made her the clear choice for making an impact on the animals profiled on GetYourFix. Since that first one, 42 surgeries have been sponsored — 19 fixes are completed so far. Remember, this process started less than two months ago!
Like previous Sponsors of the Year, Robin and Sophie, Jill has a passion for animals that goes beyond the animals she helps on GetYourFix. She herself has three dogs and another she rescued just last Friday. Her rescue experience goes back 15 years and during that time she developed a passion for pit bulls. “I decided years ago, based on what I had experienced and learned, that I wanted, I needed, to do something to help the plight of pit bulls.” Her worry is the misrepresentation of pit bulls by the media, and wants to “raise awareness about the true nature of pit bulls and what wonderful pets they make.”
The key to solving this problem is population control. She remarks, “The majority of dogs in animal controls across the US are pit bulls and pit bull mixes. The majority of the dogs being euthanized……are pit bulls.” Therefore, spay and neuter is of the utmost importance to her. She has taken advantage of the now completed Half the Pits – Half the Price promotion on GetYourFix, allowing her donation dollars to go a long way. In addition to her amazing generosity with animals from all over the country on GetYourFix, she runs a free pit bull spay/neuter program, Fix-A-Bull, in her local area in collaboration with the HELP Low Cost Spay/Neuter clinic.
Since becoming a sponsor, Jill has kindly spread the word about GetYourFix to friends, family, and colleagues and points out these things about the program that she appreciates (her words!):
“(1) you get to pick the animal you want to help,
(2) FiXiT will do all the coordination/communication unless you want to get involved,
(3) you know exactly what your donation will be used for….surgery for the animal you select and
(4) the servicing vet or clinic does not get paid until the surgery has been performed.”
Jill is an inspiration to all of us on the FiXiT team. If her generosity and compassion has inspired you, too, consider becoming a sponsor on GetYourFix! It’s super easy – register here – and in minutes we bet your find a furry face that you want to help. Or start small by helping our Fix of the Week – pool your donation, as little as $10, with others to get a fix for a special featured animal!
We often get requests to make smaller donation that can contribute to the fix of an animal on GetYourFix. FiXiT has dabbled in crowdfunding, most recently with a successful campaign for a Super Spay/Neuter Event. When a few of us come together, we can accomplish so much! Microfunding is a type of crowdfunding, but makes the project goal smaller in scale with a more focused impact. By using this strategy, we can get more spay and neuter surgeries funded for animals in need profiled on GetYourFix.org.
This week we are launching “Fix of the Week,” a new microfunding option that will pool donations together to help fund an additional 52 animals profiled on GetYourFix per year.
A new Getyourfix profile will be featured every Monday with donations gathered through the next Sunday in order to pay for the cost of the featured animal’s spay or neuter surgery. Instead of each donor sponsoring one fix in its entirety, multiple donors can pool money together – as little as $10 – to sponsor a spay or neuter. We will feature the profiles on FiXiT-Foundation.org, GetYourFix, and social media.
For the Fix of the Week, we are using youcaring.com to gathering donations. This is a FREE online fundraising platform – no precious dollars lost that could help animals. Your donations go straight to FiXiT’s PayPal account, so that we can pay the clinic directly for the surgery at a nearest low cost spay/neuter clinic of the featured animal.
To launch FiX of the Week, we have chosen a special pit bull terrier, Stitch. He is a pit bull mix who lost his first mom to cancer. His second mom, Mary, agreed to take Stitch in so he could still be close to his family during the hard times, but shortly after she lost her job. The financial strain has been very hard and plans to get him up to date on his shots and neutered have not happened. He has a loving family that takes him everywhere, but he needs to keep his hormones in check around females.
You can make a donation and read more about Stitch’s story by clicking on his picture.
Marvel’s blockbuster movie, “Thor: The Dark World,” will be released this Friday. I am a big fan of the action-packed Avenger-series of Marvel movies, including the first “Thor.” I must not be the only one, because I have noticed that many pet owners registered on GetYourFix have named their dogs and cats after the movies’ Norse-mythology inspired characters: Thor and his nemesis, Loki.
Are any of the following animals, currently profiled on GetYourFix, worthy of their god’s namesakes? Their caregivers have opened their hearts and homes to these animals, but all need your support to get their little gods fixed. Read their stories and judge for yourself.
Thor in Statesboro, GA needs neutered!
Thor in Savannah, GA needs neutered!
Loki in Roseville, MN needs neutered!
Loki and Thor in Winchester, VA need neutered!
You can make a SUPER impact by sponsoring a neuter!
Click on their pictures to go to these profiles – then click the Sponsor My Fix button to get started today. You will be given two easy option to sponsor: 1) contacting their owners directly through GetYourFix and offering your help or 2) making a flat $100 donation so that FiXiT will handle all of the arrangements with the owner and clinic.
With your support, we can put an end to companion animal overpopulation!
Between 1.5 – 4 million pit bulls can be found in the U.S., just 2-5% of homes. Last year, 1.1 million pit bulls entered U.S. shelters. Therefore, at least one quarter of the entire pit bull population is relinquished to shelters every year. This is an unheard of and heartbreaking situation.
FiXiT is fighting to keep pit bull terrier mixes out of the shelters by reducing the chances of breeding every day. This year we have fixed many with our Free Pit Bull Fix and Half the Pits-Half the Price promotions this year. However, we are upon the season of Pit Bull Awareness Day, so I wanted to highlight some special dogs from all over the country that are looking to get support for their spay or neuter RIGHT NOW.
Consider sponsor a fix for one of these special pups profiled on GetYourFix.org in honor of Pit Bull Awareness Day:
Approximately one third of animals euthanized in shelters every year are pit bull terriers/mixes. The euthanasia rate at some shelters for pit bull terriers is as high as 99% and averages at 80%. These horrifying statistics are what drove FiXiT to look for help for these polarizing pups. We first launched the GetYourFix Half the Pits – Half the Price campaign to get more sponsors to help spay and neuter pit bulls back in February.
Then in April, FiXiT announced a new promotion to offer free spay and neuter service to any pit bull terrier or mix that was profiled on GetYourFix.org from eight specific states – an offer paid for with a grant from Best Friends Animal Society. At the time, we predicted that we could fix 100 pit bull terrier mixes, but last month we exhausted the funds and exceeded our expectations. We stretched our donated dollars to save 135 dogsfrom contributing hundreds, if not thousands, more unwanted pit bulls into the shelter system.
The caregivers demonstrated their dire financial circumstances which draws people to ask for help on GetYourFix – 70 percent of households have an income of less than $25,000. The importance of finances as a consideration is made even more clear by the responses given when asked what the primary reason prevented them from altering their pit bull terrier. The majority, 64.5 percent, of participants cited “Expense” as the primary deterrent. Missouri and Georgia residents benefited the most, together making up two-thirds of surgeries we provided.
We continue to look for more funds to reduce the number of all animals that end up homeless, especially these dogs whose reputation and size prevents them from finding a forever home. But you can still help pit bulls get spayed or neutered on GetYourFix.org. It is easier than ever to find an animal that speaks to you and sponsor their spay or neuter surgery with our expanded search functions.
Here are some of the dogs that received a free spay/neuter thanks to this promotion:
FiXiT starting a new blog feature in which we pick out a profile (or a household) that we think you should see. For these special profile(s), we will ask people to make a donation for as much as you can (minimum $5). This is our low tech version of crowdfunding — but keep your eyes out for some development in that regard in the not so distant future of GetYourFix.
This week one our users, jlynn23, is a mom that is going to school full time to better her situation in Binghamton, NY. Right now she relies on government assistance to help her provide for her (human) children. Unfortunately, she has gotten caught up in a cycle breeding unwanted kittens. Her two females cats each gave birth to a total of 10 kittens. She has found homes for all of these little ones, but really wants to prevent this situation from happening again. Don’t we all? Right now she has a total of 7 unaltered cats in her home.
Olive, one of the two females, is a 2 year old female cat that has had 4 litters of kittens – little tramp! If we all chip in, we can get Olive fixed for just $60 at her local low cost spay/neuter clinic, Broome County Animal Care Council. For another $60, we can get the second female spayed. Then for $200, all 5 males (including Klondike and Snickers) would be neutered. For a total of just $320, Jlynn would have ZERO chance of contributing to the overpopulation problem.
To help make a difference for this HIGH RISK household, make a donation to FiXiT here, then send an email to let us know this donation is for Olive and her cat family. Thank you in advance for you generosity!
UPDATE: Olive has found a sponsor! However, there is one more female and all 5 males still unaltered. In this area, cat spays are $60 and cat neuters are $40 at the Animal Care Council. Send FiXiT an email and we will give you the information to make a direct contribution to the clinic on Jlynn’s behalf.
Summertime is here and this weekend a lot of us will take some time to celebrate the man that taught us to ride a bike, build a fire, or swing a bat. My dad gave me the gift of being an animal person – one that I has ultimately guided many of my life’s biggest decisions. So this year to celebrate, I am going to put my money where my mouth is and give him a special gift.
For Mother’s Day, FiXiT announced our new GetYourFix Sponsorship, which allows any gift recipient the ability to go to GetYourFix and choose one of the hundreds of animals all over the country that need assistance to get fixed. Just enter a coupon code that is immediately sent to you (and your recipient, if you choose). Within minutes, your dad or any gift recipient could have an animal in need on its way to getting a fix and ending a constant cycle of unwanted breeding.
Just go to our new donation page, click on the GIFT A FIX tab, and then check on the “Give your special someone a GetYourFix Sponsorship” box. You will also be directed to a page with printable gift cards, where you can write a special note and include the gift coupon code, if you prefer.
Just like on GetYourFix.org, a sponsorship costs $100, but the GetYourFix team will handle all of the details. We will contact the animal’s owner, help choose a clinic and set up an appointment, and then on the day of surgery provide payment to get the animal spayed or neutered. We will give your gift recipient ongoing updates during the process, until the fix is complete.
I know that my dad will appreciate this opportunity to keep unwanted animals out of shelters and prevent animals from a life too short. If you think that your dad would too, give the GetYourFix Sponsorship for Father’s Day!