Welcome to a new feature, the Heart of Jones! For the next few weeks, I’ll be introducing you to the animal shelters to which Jones sends boxes of meaty treats every month! There’s a lot about Jones Natural Chews that I’m still learning, and some which I have to pry out of them. They’re a great company. A busy, growing company. A giving company that loves people and dogs. And they give back in several different ways. One of those ways is what they do best – treats!
Today we feature the number one organization on Jones‘ list of treat donations, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Rockford, IL. Noah’s Ark is a no-kill shelter which has been operating for nearly 40 years, rescuing animals from bad situations. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:
The mission of Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, Inc. is to provide a temporary safe haven for unwanted, stray, and abandoned dogs and cats. The Ark promotes an affordable spay/neuter program to help end the overpopulation of animals in our community.
Simple. Effective. Beautiful. The site says they envision the safety and security of all companion animals.
How can you help Noah’s Ark? They have a variety of ways listed on their site, including PayPal, food, vehicles, etc. They’re always looking for volunteers. The list of stuff they need reads like this:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Black printer ink
- Feed store gift cards (is that genius or what?)
- Postage stamps
- Cat litter
- So much more …
Y’all, do you donate to your local shelter? Not just money, but time and stuff? They’re in constant need, being charities and primarily volunteer run. Find the shelters near you and just ask what they need. They’ll tell you. Paper towels, bleach, Lysol, blankets and towels – the list is endless.
I love the list of suggestions prior to surrendering an animal. Noah’s Ark has their stuff together.
- Consult a trainer or behaviorist for help with common behavioral problems.
- Talk with your veterinarian to rule out possible medical issues your pet may be experiencing.
- Look for an alternative place to live that accepts pets.
- Talk with friends or family to determine if they would be able to commit to taking care of your pet.
- Re-home your pet to a new home yourself. This transition will be much easier for your pet and will allow you to know that it is going to a good home.
So pop over to the Noah’s Ark website and look around. It’s well-done as shelter sites go, with plenty of great advice and information, designed to keep pets in homes and ensure good transitions. And if you have a little extra cash set aside, consider sending it their way. Or look for the shelters in your area and take them supplies, give your time. Bring them some Jones Natural Chews for the pups. They’ll appreciate it.
Until I write again …