Helping Ferrets Shelters & Rescues ... Raffles & Auctions !
All my friends know that I am totally devoted to this gold creature : Ferret ! It is why this news is about Ferrets, but what I am writing here can be applied to any Shelters and Rescues not only for ferrets but for other animals and also for those community groups who are helping humans in need.
The first part of this article is about how I help the Ferrets Shelters & Rescues with what I have in my hands : My photography.
But YOU, if you want it, you can also help them, and I will explain how in the second part of this article. So go and please read if you are interested . I don't want to sound presumptuous, I just wish motivate people to see how it can be easy to donate or to help and bring them to participate in a way or another. At this time I see shelters closing their doors, due to the bad economy which struggles them.
Don't forget : To donate is to receive ! How gratifying can be to know that what you do is useful !
And by sharing what I do I hope to show you that it is possible.
Deviantart is a big community regrouping Artists, we have so many big talented persons here. Some are known and some others don't ...
Does happened to you to feel sad to see your Art giving you nothing motivating ? You know your Art is good, but ... to be on the market is not easy, people haven't money, there are competitors, advertising costs money and time.
To give up is sometimes the more easy way for us to stop frustrations ...But if your Art can at least be helpful ... Why Not to continue ?
So what ? ... Yes I give my Art, it is a donation.
Of course, I admit that I must to have my photo printed out and also I must to ship it to the winner or to the organizers. It cost money, but believe me it is worth for.
Organizers of events put my photos on raffles and on auctions to raise money for help Ferrets Shelters & Rescues to pay the high veterinary 's bills and for all the care ferrets need : food, beddings, laundry soap, products cleaner, litter, news paper litter pellets, pee pads, paper towels, gas for trip to the vet clinic, treats, vitamins, supplements, toys, and much much more ! All ferrets owners know how expensive is the care of ferrets, so imagine when it is for many ferrets !
I have retraced since the beginning who received my photos as donation and which photo was donated. I invite you to read the following of this in my blog that you can find here : marie-agnesphotography.blogspot.com
ENJOY !!! As Always AND NOW .... and what about YOU ? How and why you can help too
Why do they need help and will always need it ?
Sadly a lot of ferrets are abandoned for many reasons, some has been even abused and it happens to see horrific stories. For some, previous owners discovered that to have a ferret as pet, isn't for everybody, or there is also the new human baby who is coming, or a moving in a new apartment where pets are not allowed, in sad cases previous owners who is very sick (it is the story of my little Doodle, her previous mom is fighting a liver cancer. Doodle was given directly to me by her previous mom) and there is also owners with the bad economy and hard time to get a decent job, who have no more money to pay for the care of their ferrets.
Many reasons, each case is different, but for the "more fortunate" ferrets, there is hopefully great people with the biggest heart to rescue those little ones. Ferrets need a lot of care. Often very sick, in bad condition, treatments and vet care are so very expensive. Shelters dont receive money for what they do. They are all volunteers. Many of them have a day work, and all their free time goes to their rescued little ones.
The ferret community try by what they can to help to rise money for to pay the big vet bills, the food, the vitamins, supplements, litters pans, news papers pellets for the litter pans, beddings, hammocks, baskets, laundry soap, paper towels, cleaning products, even a dryer's machine, and more ...
Raffles & auctions are ones of great and pleasant solutions for to help a shelter to raise money.
But there are also the "frolics" where all ferrets people meet each others, with their owns ferrets or not (it is depending the event rules).
All ferrets must be up to date with their vaccines and recently negative ADV tested !
What is "Frolic" ? : It is a family day all of fun and pleasure. There is all kinds of funny games, involving ferrets and humans. Human food, cookies, cakes, sandwiches, snack, beverages, a little fees for the entry, vendors, raffles, auctions, silents auctions. Sometimes veterinaries are invited and will give informations about medical things or about everything ferret ... People will be dedicated for nails trims, ears cleaning for the ferrets, for a small fee. There are also all kinds of contests for what you can register your ferret for $1 or $2 : the most big boy, the most big girl, more tiny boy, tiniest girl, longest tail, costume's contest ... And everybody are putting there hands in those funny events, and in the end of the day money will been happily counted and will be used for the benefit of the ferrets Shelters for who the event was organized.
That is for money and fun, but we can also help Shelters & Rescues by being their volunteers : to come on their place, and to be their "hands helper" : clean the cages, clean the litter pans, make laundries, even to play with the rescued ferrets ... help with the trip to the vet clinic ...
You can be also a "Ferret Sitting", or be a "Family care" in the wait that the little ones find a forever home. It can be good for those who can't have ferrets forever, and will help for the need of "ferret fix"
I think there is never End about how to help out !
Nobody are rich, me neither ... and it is not all of us who have enough money for to be able to give out ... but not everything cost money !
How can you help ?
- Share the words about raffles and events. If you are reading this, it is because you have Internet access, so write a note in your blog if you have one, or cross-post in forums where you belong, or in your journals, your facebook and tweeter ...
It will take just a few minutes of your time and will cost nothing to you. One of your friends or a stranger reader can be interested and will be perhaps able to help out. We never know ! so why not to try it
- If you have more time, ask the shelters in your area if they need hands helper, and become one of their volunteers.
- If you have skills or talent in anything : offer it as prizes for their Raffles and auctions and frolics. It is not obligatory to be ferret related, humans need things too, even if they don't need it, they will love to have it. Like I do with my photos (so I must to admit in my case, it costs money for the printer and shipping, and in another sphere it will perhaps cost you supplies, but not always if you have stock at home) so : photos, crocheted, knitting, drawings, paintings, cooking, maintaining their websites, make their flyers, business cards, craft-Art ...
You see ... ! ... it can be easy ! and I have always thought that a person has always one talent in something.
AUCTION AND RAFFLE RIGHT NOW !!!
10 days left ! Please help out
Two Ferrets Shelters are together holding Auction & Raffle Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue
, from Georgia :Owner :
Debbie WhorleyContact :
AndFerret Business of Georgia :Owner :
Juliana QuadrozziWebsite : www.petfinder.com/shelters/GA264.html
You will find all the informations and also all the wonderful prizes to win on those sites :
Ferret Rescue Benefit Auction
Auctions end Saturday, October 29th 4:00 p.m. E.S.T.Ferret Rescue Benefit Raffle
Raffle ends October 29, 2011
You will have the chance to win two of my photography!
One by auctions and the other one by buying tickets
Because not all people are Ferrets related, but still want to help out the Ferrets Rescues, I decided to give a beautiful Landscape Poster.
It is a corn field (?) from Quebec Canada in a blue/green colors showing delicate and beautiful little pink flowers.
This photography is on the auction page. So if you want it, you need to bid on it !