To honor National Love Your Pet Day, Marcy and Brandee talk to us about volunteering at their favorite animal rescue.
Marcy and the DFW Humane Society
Brandee and EARS (Education & Animal Rescue Society)
CUTX: Hello Brandee. Since it’s National Love Your Pet Day, can you tell us a little about your pets?
Brandee: I can go on for days about my babies, but I’ll try to keep it short. My husband John and I have three dogs: Toby, Ellie, and Bracee. Toby, a gentle giant, is a pit-lab mix who was found in a cardboard box when he was just 5 weeks old. Ellie was also adopted and is the epitome of a puppy Labrador, even at the age of 4! Finally we have Bracee, who’s name is inspired by her cute under bite. I adopted her about 8 years ago through EARS.
CUTX: Can you tell us about EARS?
Brandee: Sure! EARS stands for Education & Animal Rescue Society. It’s an all-volunteer rescue group whose mission is to educate the public about animal welfare and to find homes for unwanted animals.
CUTX: That sounds great! What got you started with EARS?
Brandee: I’m a HUGE animal lover. It always surprises me how so many people don’t realize how many dogs live and die in shelters every day, so I try to educate as many people as I can about fostering and adopting. I especially love EARS because of its focus on education. During the adoption process, EARS volunteers teach adopters about the importance of qualify food, toys, treats, training etc.
CUTX: What is their biggest need?
Brandee: Currently EARS’ biggest need is monetary donations to pay for medical expenses. We also need fosters and volunteers. The more fosters we have, the more dogs we can save. If you can’t foster, we still have a lot of volunteer opportunities.
CUTX: If someone wanted to get involved what do they need to do?
Brandee: If you’d like to foster or volunteer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to donate money, you can visit the EARS website to donate online. If you’d prefer to donate goods, there is a list of needs on the EARS website along with a link to EARS’ Amazon wishlist. Another easy way to raise funds is by shopping through Amazon. Simply visit smile.amazon.com, select EARS as your cause, and shop away!
CUTX: Fantastic! Any final comments?
Brandee: If you’re looking for a new best friend, please consider adoption from a shelter or a rescue group. Plus there are many benefits to adopting, including:
- Most rescues ensure that the dog is fully vetted, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and healthy.
- Dogs from rescue groups or shelters are usually potty trained and socialized.
- Once you adopt a dog, you free up a foster home for another shelter pup, and the rescue cycle continues.
CUTX: Thanks for your time Brandee!
Brandee: You’re welcome and happy National Love Your Pet Day!