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Looking for Last Minute Gifts? We’ve Got Just the Thing…

Gifts That Give More™ are the perfect last minute gifts for anyone on your list. With so many causes and programs to choose from, there will certainly be something for everyone, no matter what moves them. By giving one of our Gifts That Give More™, you help change the world while delighting your gift recipient. Below are gifts ideas for the people, pets, and/or planet lovers in your life.

1) Pets

Care Packages For Shelter Dogs

5 Ways to Celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month this October via www.GreaterGood.org

GreaterGood has a new way to help dogs in shelters across the U.S.—care packages! Now you can help more by giving monthly. Simply check the “Make this a Monthly Gift” box before adding this donation to your cart to send care packages to shelter dogs each and every month.

Providing food, vaccinations, bedding, and enrichment needs for dogs is a costly endeavor for animal shelters across the country. Due to the high cost of these basic necessities, shelters often have to limit the number of dogs they can save and place in forever homes. A warm bed and a full belly can go a long way for the well-being of shelter dogs and puppies. Through proper vaccination, an animal’s risk of disease is cut down or eliminated, leaving shelter volunteers more time to find good homes for these loving dogs. Animals that are healthy, happy, and well fed stand a much better chance of being adopted.

Click here. Just $10 provides 100 bowls of dog food, one warm bed, and the vaccination of one shelter dog.

 

 

Pallets of Pet Food for American Shelters

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Pet food suppliers sometimes have food that they can’t sell; perhaps they made too much, or the bag has the wrong color of label, or the kibble is the wrong color. This food is new and perfectly nutritious, but because suppliers can’t sell it, they donate it to rescue organizations.

The food is given free of charge, but suppliers providing the food may not be located near a shelter that needs it. The rising costs of fuel makes transit and storage of large quantities of pet food expensive, and can prevent shelters and rescue groups from using this amazing resource.

You can help. Rescue Bank, a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, stands ready to distribute this viable pet food to animal rescue organizations who can use it. Your donation helps provide national distribution of high quality pet food to the rescues—and the animals in their care—who need it most. Click here to make a donation.

 

 

Care For Our Nation’s Retired Military and Police Dogs

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Dogs have been used all over the world in military action dating back hundreds of years. The United States Military first started large scale use of Military Working Dogs (MWD) during World War I, and they have played a pivotal role in U.S. military strategy since.

GreaterGood.org is working with dedicated organizations that specialize in the rescue of these retired heroes to bring as many Military Working Dogs, Contract Working Dogs, and Police K9’s home in order to either reunite them with the handlers with whom they worked or adopt them into loving homes. Grants awarded to partners help to make these rescues possible by paying for veterinary care, boarding, transportation costs, and training.

With your help, we can carry out our mission to leave no MWD, CWD, or K9 behind! They protected us—now you can protect them. Just $25 pays for a day of safe boarding for Military and Police Dogs. Please click here to donate.

 

Emergency Animal Care Fund

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Dudley was found in Missouri City, TX, abandoned at the local shelter, tied to a fence and stuffed in a box in the dead of winter. The last employee of the day was leaving when she heard a faint whimper and went to investigate. She found a puppy whose collar was so tight it had to be cut off so he could breathe normally. Jurassic Bark Rescue took Dudley in, and it soon became clear just how much he had endured: Demodex Mange, Bronchial Pneumonia, malnourishment, bacterial infections, Heartworms, and a painful bone deformity that made every step he took incredibly painful.

Despite his condition, Dudley was lovable and cuddly, and despite the pain he felt with each step, he tried to run and play every day. Jurassic Bark was able to treat Dudley for most of his conditions, but the surgery needed to correct his bone deformity was out of their reach. The rescue contacted GreaterGood, and thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we were able to fully fund Dudley’s surgery through our Emergency Animal Care Fund, so he can run pain free and be adopted into the loving home he deserves.

Unfortunately, Dudley’s sad story is not uncommon. Shelters and rescues across the country deal daily with animals who need emergency surgeries, treatments, or other urgent care. With your help, we can ensure that more animals who are suffering receive the treatment they need. It is time to replenish our medical fund, and we’ve set a goal of $15,000, so we can help animals in an emergency.

You can help. 100% of your donation will go to GreaterGood.org’s Emergency Animal Care Fund and be used to save lives like Dudley’s. Please click here to donate.

 

 

Care Packages For Shelter Cats

June is Adopt-a-Cat month! Here are 6 reasons to adopt a cat and a few great initiatives to support via www.GreaterGood.com

GreaterGood has a new way to help cats in shelters across the U.S.—care packages! Now you can help more by giving monthly. Simply check the “Make this a Monthly Gift” box before adding this donation to your cart to send care packages to shelter cats each and every month.

Providing food, vaccinations, bedding, and enrichment needs for cats is a costly endeavor for animal shelters across the country. Due to the high cost of these basic necessities, shelters often have to limit the number of cats they can save and place in forever homes. A soft bed and a full belly can go a long way for the well-being of shelter cats and kittens. Through proper vaccination, an animal’s risk of disease is cut down or eliminated, leaving shelter volunteers more time to find good homes for these cats. Animals that are healthy, happy, and well fed stand a much better chance of being adopted.

Click here. Just $10 provides 100 bowls of cat food, one warm bed, and the vaccination of one shelter cat.

 

2) Planet/Animals

Project Wildcat: Protect Jaguars in the Sonoran Desert

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There are only an estimated 80 jaguars left in Northern Sonora, Mexico. This endangered population is the last hope for the species’ reintroduction into the U.S. In order to save these majestic cats, GreaterGood.org is working with Primero Conservation to establish a 35,000 acre wildlife corridor strategically located just north of the existing Northern Jaguar Reserve in Sonora. We are working with the landowners of six connected and contiguous ranches who are agreeing to refrain from killing jaguars and other predators in exchange for training, supplies, and equipment to protect their cattle. With these incentives, these ranchers can justify no longer killing jaguars and other predators like mountain lions, ocelots, and bears. Join us to defend these incredible animals.

And for a limited time, get a FREE Tree of Life Tagua Necklace with your donation of $21.60 or more to this Gift That Gives More™ (While supplies last). Please Click here to donate.

 

 

Help Care for Abused Circus Lions

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In 2014 and 2015 our partners at Animal Defenders International (ADI) rescued over 100 animals from every illegal circus in Peru. Among the rescued were 24 African lions who had experienced intense neglect and abuse. An additional nine lions were saved from a Colombian circus. At the time of rescue, the lions were found starving with toes cut off to remove claws, and a large number had their teeth smashed. ADI quickly put plans into action to rehabilitate these animals. Thanks to your support, we were able to raise and grant two-thirds of the funding needed to fly the lions to their new, spacious home under ADI’s care at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, South Africa, where they now enjoy a much deserved, peaceful retirement.

Together we freed them; now let’s feed them! For only $12.50, you can make sure one of these lions, who has been through so much, is fed for one day. Click here to select a donation level the works for you.

 

Protect the Endangered Andean Cat

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With less than 2,500 in existence today, the Andean cat, known for its incredible beauty, is one of the rarest wildcats in the world. The unforgiving climates of the Andes Mountains and Patagonia steppe, where food is scarce, is its exclusive home. In order to save the Andean, it is the conservation of this high desert in the Andes that will lead to its survival.

We are working closely with local partners at Fundación Vida Sylvestre to purchase 115,000 acres of the Andean’s habitat to conserve into perpetuity. We have secured 40,000 acres of this land. That leaves 75,000 acres we still need to protect. We need your help. Click here to learn more.

 

 

Protect the Wildlife of the Sonoran Sky Islands

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The 55 Sky Island ranges in the Madrean Archipelago is recognized by the United States Geological Survey as one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. However, the ecosystems in Mexico are vastly understudied, endangering the land and species that exist there. These rich habitats are home to a great diversity of animals and plants, from elusive jaguars to turtles, butterflies, lizards, and migratory birds and bats. This unmatched diversity demands study. We must first understand the complexities of the Sky Island ecosystems in order to protect them.

Madrean Discovery Expeditions, a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, does just that. Twice a year, a uniquely qualified group of scientists, land managers, students, photographers, and more, split roughly equal between Mexican and North American nationals, embarks on a multi-day expedition to one of the understudied Sky Island mountain ranges in Sonora. This information is then stored in an open-source database for the world to share, study, and use to preserve these unique ecosystems forever.

Funding research that will lead to the conservation of these Sky Islands is a great gift for lovers of the planet and animals alike. Click here to make a donation.

3) People

Help a Child Love to Read and Succeed!

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Did you know that nearly two-thirds of low-income families do not own any books? Across the nation, more and more libraries have closed their doors, while many libraries lack adequate reading materials. Print books are just as important today as they were 100 years ago. A recent study revealed that when it comes to a child’s academic performance, the number of print books in the home is as important as a parent’s educational level. That’s why GreaterGood is donating books to U.S. based charities to give to children for their home libraries!

Just $25 delivers 25 books to an underserved child. Click here for more info.

 

 

Girls’ Voices: Keep Girls In School

Provide scholarships for students to attend secondary school in Africa via www.GreaterGood.org

Every child deserves a high-quality education. Yet even today, barriers exist for girls to achieve their basic right to go to school and remain in school. Right now more than 62 million girls are not in school, and 32 million secondary-aged girls are missing out on their education. Supporting adolescent girls’ education can have catalyzing effects in transforming not only one girl’s life, but her community as well. Educated girls are likely to earn more income, marry later, survive childbirth, are less likely to acquire diseases, more likely to send children to school, increase a country’s GDP, and be prepared for natural disasters and climate change.

Girls’ Voices is GreaterGood.org’s latest Signature Program intended to raise funds for girls’ secondary education through media made by girls. Our goal is for girls around the world to use the power of digital media to create images and videos that can communicate their strength and potential to the world. The media that the girls create will be shared with GreaterGood’s donor network, raising money that will directly contribute to scholarship funds for girls facing financial barriers to completing secondary education.

Just $40 sends a girl to school for a month! Click here to help.

 

 

Protect & Feed Burma’s Schoolchildren

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Like many Thai towns along the Thailand-Burma border, Mae Sot is a sanctuary for Burmese refugees in their flight from the upheaval of civil war in their country. Tens of thousands of Karen and other Burmese minorities subsist on the fringes of the Thai economy and await a brighter future. For 20 years, the Mae Tao Clinic has provided life-saving care to Burma’s displaced population, especially its children.

The Mae Tao Clinic’s Dry Food Programme (DFP), provides the children with dry food rations, and hygiene and bedding supplies. The DFP provides the primary nourishment for 3,000 migrant students via rice, tin fish, oil, yellow beans, salt, and sweet powder. Without these essential food donations, many boarding houses would be unable to provide for the children.

You can help this essential, shoe-string budget program continue to nurture these vulnerable children. Just $10 provides food for a student for a whole month. Please click here to learn more.

 

 

Bring Critical Water and Food to Native American Families

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The Tohono O’odham Reservation, which stretches along the Mexican border through the Sonoran Desert and southwest Arizona, is extremely isolated and painfully food deprived. The majority of residents live well below the poverty level, with many making a mere $358 per month. The grocery store is a two-hour drive away, and the little agriculture has all but dried up over the past decades. In addition to limited income and lack of food sources, few have access to transportation. This makes the already inaccessible food even more unattainable for the village of Gu Vo.

To address the problem of food scarcity, a return to the cultural heritage of gardening fruits and vegetables has been started in Gu Vo. Corn, melon, squash, peppers, and tomatoes are already beginning to flourish in the local school garden.  However, living in the Sonoran Desert, water is limited and the costs are insurmountable. The ability to harvest water from the spring monsoons and sporadic rains will enable food sustainability by supplying the gardens with this much needed natural resource.

With your help the Native Americans of Gu Vo can harvest rainwater for their gardens. Your donation will help them grow accessible and nutritious food, something they strongly need. Click here to help.

 

 

by Jim Kober, December 21, 2016