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3 Ways to Make Sure Your Nepal Donations Really Help the Victims

Before you open your wallet, take a minute to do a little homework.

I know a lot of people are skeptical or worried about whether their donations are going to be helping out the people most affected by this earthquake. I should probably have posted this earlier, but here is a little guide on what you can do before you donate. 

Also some links on the Time webpage seem to not be working (someone didn’t do a proper HTML redirect tsk tsk), so here are the links suggested in the article:

Charity Navigator

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Hurricane Sandy devastated our local Long Island communities and most of the metropolitan area we serve. We had set up a pet shelter prior to the storm. Our non-profit housed over five hundred pets keeping them safe for those who could not return home or had lost their homes. Here is just one of the many stories from our emergency shelter. “Every day for the past week, Randy L. has been shuffling from the Red Cross shelter across the street to the North Shore Animal League America’s emergency animal rescue center to visit his cat Maximilian. "I live across the street from the ocean, and I watched the heavy waves as they pounded the shoreline. Around 8PM the water breached and hit the streets. I watched as the cars became Tonka toys; they were tossed about and then finally floated away like something a kid plays with in the bathtub. Max slept under the sheets and only came out to sit on my lap a few times. He was so scared. We were in total darkness.” Randy has faced many challenges in recent years, including a long battle with cancer. Max has been his steadfast companion all along the way. In fact, the last time Randy came back from an overnight stay at the hospital, Max refused to leave his side for over 24 hours. “He just wrapped himself around me; he knew I wasn’t feeling well,” says Randy.
“He knows when I’m coming home. He waits for the sound of the elevator. He’ll cry until I open the door and he can wrap himself around my shoulders. I am all he has ever known.” In a few weeks, Randy was able to move from the Red Cross shelter to a new place that allowed Max to stay. He visited Max every day.

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#GivingTuesday may be over, but doesn’t mean you can’t still share the love. Guidestar is celebrating giving and the people who give life to charities with their generosity all month long. We hope you’ll join in the fun.

Here’s how you play:

  1. Take a photo of yourself holding a sign that says, “#IGive4 and the name of your favorite charity. 
  2. Post your photo on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Tumblr with the hashtag #IGive4.
  3. Check out the #IGive4 tag to see all the awesome charities that are getting mentions and don’t forget to tag #theRandomAct.org if you choose to give us a shout-out!

Thank you, again, for helping us conquer the world one random act of kindness at a time. You are our inspiration this December and every, single day.

P.S. Thanks to all of you who have shared your photos and stories on Twitter and Tumblr! 

We recently admitted a litter of orphaned baby bunnies. They will receive hours of daily care and socialization from their foster mom, and will be spayed and neutered at 6-months-old before being placed for adoption.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our nonprofit, providing thousands of hours of care to fostered bunnies each month. We’re so thankful to our local foster families! The specialized care this litter will need could only be found at Rabbit Wranglers.

If you live in the Pittsburgh, PA area and would like to volunteer with us, click here to find out how to contact us.

Can’t volunteer? You can still help by donating online via Paypal! Click here to make an online donation. As an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, all donations directly benefit our rabbits. We were recognized as a Top Nonprofit of 2012 by Great Nonprofits. Guidestar rates us at the Silver level in recognition of company transparency, and rates us with 5-stars.

Top-Rated, Times Two!

For the second consecutive year, Rabbit Wranglers has been named a Top-Rated Award Winner by Great Nonprofits. Great Nonprofits is a user-based review site and a partner of GuideStar. Think of it as the TripAdvisor of nonprofits!

Due to our excellent reviews from the Pittsburgh community, we are one of the first charities to earn this designation for 2013! We were one of only 15 charities in Western PA, and the only pet-focused charity in the region, named to the list in 2012.

Thank you to everyone who was kind enough to leave a review over the last year!

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got some binkying to do!