Day 17 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: ADOPT AN ANIMAL

Did you know that nearly 85% of pets in shelters and rescue programs were given up over resolvable issues? According to a recent survey, 84 percent of animal adoption organizations reported having adoptable pets who were relinquished because of issues that could have been resolved with proper training and resources.

Today’s Give Back Action: Adopt a Pet, is the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. The site currently has more than 295,500 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously. More than 13,200 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada, and other countries post their pets on the site. You can learn before you adopt, search for adoptable pets, find adoption groups, post a pet classified ad, or sign up to be a volunteer. Pet seekers can enter their search criteria, such as size, gender, breed and age, and get back a list of adoptable pets ranked in proximity to the searcher’s Zip code. It gives potential adopters a photograph, a description of the animal and contact information. Since Petfinder is updated on a daily basis, you can keep checking back or save your query so they’ll send you an automatic e-mail when new pets are added that match your search. You can also search by using the breed list or look for a pet in the classified section.

Click here to find a shelter animal awaiting adoption!

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!

~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.

A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!

5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.

Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

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Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week!

Get inspired with Nicole Bouchard Boles’ book How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist—and help us spread the word! Forward this message to your friends, family, and business associates, or cut and paste a favorite suggestion and include it in your email signature.

Here is a week’s worth of simple things you can do:

Monday – USE YOUR COMPUTER: Click to Donate

Log on to Choose any cause, click, and an advertiser or sponsor will make a charitable contribution on your behalf!

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 37)

Tuesday – USE YOUR TRASH: Sort Your Mail

Go to the Direct Marketing Association at and request that your name be removed from marketing lists and help save 150 million trees a year!

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 105)

Wednesday – USE YOUR BODY: Be Someone’s Eyes

Provide a free reading service for blind and low-vision people through Read This To Me, at All you need is a working phone and a fax.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 9)

Thursday – USE YOUR TALENTS: Give Warmth in a War Zone

Like to knit? Afghans for Afghans provides hand-knit and -crocheted blankets and garments to the people of war-torn Afghanistan. Visit for details.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 63)

Friday – USE YOUR COMMUNITY: Buy Green Electricity

Over 50% of Americans have the option of purchasing green power directly from their utility company. To find out how, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s website at

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 136)

Saturday – USE YOUR TIME: Give a Vacation Day . . .

Volunteering just one day while on vacation is a unique way to experience part of a new city or country that most tourists never see. Cheap Tickets has a handy search tool ( to help you find a volunteer gig that coincides with your travel plans.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 122)

Sunday – USE YOUR FAMILY: Nurture Nature

Connect your kids to their environment through activities and games on

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 27)

For 223 more ways to make a difference (without breaking your wallet)—buy the book at a bookseller near you!


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