How You Can Help

Volunteer Opportunities

Foster

DSC_3361smallFostering can be an incredibly fun and rewarding experience!  There are a variety of reasons to foster.  Some people aren’t ready for the commitment of a pet, but miss having a pet in their home.  Fostering is the perfect, temporary solution!  Others may just want to have short term playmates for their current pets.  Whatever your reason is, knowing you are helping save a life is a wonderful feeling.  It is also possible to say how often you want to foster, what breeds or ages you prefer and temperament (high/low energy, etc.)

We are often asked if it’s hard to say good-bye to a foster.  The short answer is, “Of course!”  However, seeing how happy and loved they are in their new homes can’t help but bring a smile.

What does it take to foster?  Not much.  Pet Tales Rescue covers the expense for all medical and will provide all necessary items like pens/crates, collars, leashes and food. Some local driving may be required to take your foster to vet appointments, adoption events or to meet other fosters for home visits or to get supplies.  The main things you need to provide are love, training, safety and a home!

Our vet is SouthKent located in Caledonia. All of our rescues are spayed/neutered before adoption, usually through C-Snip.  They have an 8:00 a.m. drop off and a 4:30 p.m. pickup so no overnight stay is necessary.  For safety reasons, we require that your own pets be up to date on all vaccines and be spayed/neutered.

Ready for some puppy breath or tickly kitty whiskers?  Click HERE to fill out a Foster Application.

Adoption Events

Don’t have enough time to commit to a foster?  We always need help at adoption events to setup/tear down, to answer questions about our current adoptables, about the rescue and volunteering opportunities.  Adoption events are a maximum of once per month at either the Brenton Chowhound or the Alpine Petco.

Fundraising

If you like networking, we are always looking for someone to head up a fundraising opportunity.  We take excellent care of all of our adoptables.  Many come from shelters or neglectful situations and can sometimes require extensive medical care.  As you can imagine, vet bills add up fast.  Plus, a fundraiser is always another great opportunity to connect with the community!

Transport

Our adoptables come from all over and often can’t be dropped off directly to a foster home.  This volunteer opportunity is one of the most important in the rescue.  The transporter is that first connection with the shelter or person surrendering an animal.  Without someone providing transport we wouldn’t be able to save any animals from euthanasia or neglect.  Typically, transport times are set in advance, but there are occasions when it’s an immediate need.

Donations

Pet Tales Rescue is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so all donations, both monetary and physical, are tax deductible!  We are always in need of the following items:

  • Toys
  • Food (either Purina or Iams)
  • Treats
  • Gently used blankets and towels (no sheets, please)
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Collars and leashes
  • Paper towel
  • Crates, plastic carriers or puppy pens
  • Puppy pads
  • Gift certificates
  • Newspaper (minus the ads)

Monetary donations be made online at our paypal account.

If you prefer, they can also be mailed to:

Pet Tales Rescue
PO Box 88084
Kentwood, MI 49518

Pick-ups/drop offs may also be arranged for physical donations.