Action Idea to help Chimpanzees

The recent undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States has been constantly on my mind. Just today I had a great idea: Light a candle and donate a dollar in support of retiring Chimpanzees from research.

In your community or on your college campus you can host a table that hands out candles to individuals for a dollar donation. If possible have them light it and set it in the same area. After time you will have a nice memorial in recognition of Chimpanzees that are forced to live their lives confined in research labs. By involving others you can create a huge impact and raise money to donate to the cause. For background information and a suggested recipient of donations please click on the links below.

http://www.hsus.org/animals_in_research/animals_in_research_news/undercover_investigation_reveals_chimpanzee_abuse.html

http://www.hsus.org/animals_in_research/animals_in_research_news/dr_jane_goodalls_statement.html

http://www.chimphaven.org/about-mission.cfm

http://www.janegoodall.org/chimp_guardian/default.asp

Helping a local cause in a fun way

There are many opportunities on the internet to join national competitions to earn recognition or funding for local efforts. One such that I recently learned about was zootoo.com. While catching up with the Washington State University Roots & Shoots group, I learned that they have been working very hard to try and help a local sanctuary called Orphan Acres win a makeover from zootoo.com. They need to accrue as many points as possible during the last 2 months of the contest. The top 20 organizations nominated will be able to proceed to the next round of judging by zootoo advisors who will travel to each site and see the conditions first hand. The vice president said that this would be an amazing turn of events for the owner Brent who has such a great need. Club members volunteer on the weekends but are trying to find new ways to help out more.

Right now the R&S group has helped push Orphan Acres from #59 to #36 in very little time.

If you are interested in learning more you can go to http://www.zootoo.com/shelters/zip83872_orphanacresinc and join the group. I think you may have to create a zootoo account. Once you have joined you can help accumulate points through activities on the website like posting picture reviews or uploading photos of your pet.

I am sure there are more contests out there to help people, animals, or the environment. Feel free to respond and share some links with me!

Thanks.