Meet Kari Carlson

Meet Kari Carlson

Meet Kari, an advocate for healthy humans and bully breeds alike. Wondering about the best payment for being a Save-a-Bull volunteer? Read on…

Q: How do you volunteer your time with Save-a-Bull?
Mostly as a foster, but I will occasionally jump at other opportunities to drive a puppy around or otherwise support our bullies and bully lovers!

Q: How long have you been volunteering  and what made you decide to volunteer with Save-a-Bull? 
I’ve been volunteering with Save-a-Bull for about 8 months. Save-a-Bull helped support me in fostering two very wonderful elder-bulls in need of rescue after their owner passed away last summer. The team with SAB could not have provided a more supportive rescue for those girls!

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I work  in healthcare administration in a chain of small community clinics and in health care reform advocacy. My favorite hobby is honestly anything that involves my best friends, my dogs- training, playing, gardening, hiking, watching movies, and playing board games (with one on the chair next to me giving me advice on the next move to make, and the other taking a nap with the foster pup under the table).

Q: Why do you think it’s important to volunteer?
Volunteering with groups like Save-a-Bull lowers euthanasia rates and fights discrimination against our friendly, buff companions, and saves lives of bully breed dogs that are some of the most overbred, mistreated, and neglected. It’s also really fulfilling and a great mental health boost to spend time with the awesome dogs that come through this rescue and help them overcome trauma and challenges to grow into trusting and affectionate members of the household. 
Also, 11/10 would recommend the wiggle butts and pittie snuggles given as payment for being a SAB volunteer!

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer with Save-a-Bull so far?
Sharing morning snuggles with my current foster pup is probably my most rewarding experience(s) as a SAB volunteer. She has overcome a lot, and I am immensely thankful for every morning I get to wake up to her snoring face on my pillow next to me.

Q: If you had the opportunity to be involved in other parts of rescue, what would they be?
I think the Intake team’s role seems super fun. It seems rewarding to get to connect dogs with rescue and see each of our dogs at their “pre-rescued/rehabilitated” point and then watch them grow from afar and find their forever homes. 

 

Thank you to Kari, and ALL our volunteers, for putting yourselves out there to truly make a difference! #volunteerappreciationweek

#GiveatHomeMN

#GiveatHomeMN

In times like this, we recognize how fortunate we are to be a small, frugal, organization that has always operated within our means. Being 100% volunteer run means that we don’t have any salary, and very few overhead costs, that need to be addressed when times are tough. We have the funds in savings to keep essential operations running: food, vet care and basic administrative needs like insurance and technology.

So, the bottom line is that while things might look financially bleak for us when we come out of this, right now *today* every dog in rescue is safe, fed, well cared for and loved. They are all spending quality time confined at home with their foster families – not a bad gig!

Where we’re seeing the most impact is in our forced cancellation of fundraising events. Due to COVID-19, we have been forced to cancel our fundraising events this spring, the Cabin Fever Reliever, Spring Dog Wash, and our Summer Brewery Tour. That leaves us close to $10,000 behind our revenue goals for the year – so far.

We could use a little help.

In order to have the resources to keep saying “Yes” to bringing new dogs into rescue, we are going to need your help. Our friends at GiveMN have created a virtual fundraising event, #GiveAtHomeMN, for nonprofits all across Minnesota. The event is taking place May 1-8 and coincides with #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, a worldwide day of giving just announced by GivingTuesday in response to COVID-19.

We know everyone is impacted in one way or another through these trying times, but if you are in a position to help, please consider a donation. No amount is too small or goes unnoticed. Every penny and dime can come together to make big things happen!

We look forward to the time when we can get out of the house, meet up at park, brewery or pet store, and enjoy the company of our community and the shared love for our pit bulls together – we miss you like crazy! Until then, be safe and please let us know if there’s anything we can do for YOU.

There are also many ways to support rescue! You can choose an option that uses as many, or few, resources as you have available you!

Sponsor a Dog
Whether you sponsor a new puppy that’s just starting out, or an older dog who’s still waiting for just the right family, your support will go a long way in helping us continue to care for the dogs that need us. A one-time donation of $75 will cover all of a dog’s basic care for the time they are in rescue. Click here to learn more.

Amazon Smile
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your AmazonSmile purchases to Save-a-Bull whenever you shop on AmazonSmile via this link >

iGive
iGive is similar to Ebates or Rakuten, where you earn rewards for shopping – but the rewards are issued as a donation to your favorite rescue! Start here >

Wooftrax
Use the smartphone app every time you walk your dog and Wooftrax will make a donation to Save-a-Bull. Getting out and staying active is good for you, your dog and many rescue dogs as well! Click here for details >

Click to Shop and DONATE

Click to Shop and DONATE

Are you doing a lot of online shopping these days? Did you know you can help raise donations for rescue with every click, without spending an extra dime? It’s easy, automatic, and means more to us than ever during these difficult times where fundraising is falling short. Here are a couple ways you can shop and support rescue at the same time:

 

 

Amazon Smile

Start with the Save-a-Bull link when you shop on Amazon and .5% of every purchase will be donated to rescue. It’s easy, automatic and costs you nothing to make an impact!
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-3011035

 

iGive.com

iGive is similar to Ebates or Rakuten, where you earn rewards for shopping – but the rewards are issued as a donation to your favorite rescue! Since 1997, iGive has grown to 350,000+ members supporting 50,000+ causes and raised over $9 million!

  •  iGive members generate donations by shopping online at any of 2,400+ Stores including Target and Kohls and Chewy, to name a few!
  • There are no added costs, obligations, nor any hidden fees.
  • You don’t need to enter any codes, notify the store, or iGive. It’s all automatic!

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED
Set up an account, start shopping, and each store donates a percentage of your purchase to rescue. Sign up and make a purchase before April 30 and Save-a-Bull Rescue will get an extra $10 donation. Each store is 100% transparent about how much they donate, and many offer special larger donations from time to time. Bookmark your favorite stores to shop again and again and download the mobile app to shop on the go.

 

 

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WoofTrax

While shopping online is good for keeping you INSIDE, you may be walking your dog to get some exercise OUTSIDE. When you do, don’t forget to use the Wooftrax app to track your walk and automatically generate a donation for rescue! Learn more about the Take Your Walk for a Dog app.
https://saveabullmn.org/walk-for-a-dog/

Family Pet Resources

Family Pet Resources

We are glad to have you as part of the Save-a-Bull family! We’re here to support you, and your dog, in times of need and every day. Here are some resources if you need help with vet care, housing, training and more:

VETERINARY CARE

 

Animal Humane Society
Financial assistance, domestic violence resources, foster homes for active and retired soldiers/veterans, low-cost veterinary care, senior citizens
https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/health/financial-or-domestic-assistance

Care Credit
No-interest payment plans
https://www.carecredit.com/vetmed

Frankie’s Friends
Grants to partially cover emergency or specialty pet care
https://www.frankiesfriends.org/

Magic Bullet Fund
Assist with treatment costs for dogs/cats with cancer
https://themagicbulletfund.org/

Minnesota Spay & Neuter Assistance Program
Low cost spay and neuter
https://mnsnap.org/

Mission Animal Hospital
Veterinary services at reduced cost to low income families or on government assistance programs. Financing options available.
https://www.missionah.org/

Red Rover Relief
Urgent care grants, domestic violence grants
https://redrover.org/relief/

The Mosby Foundation
Assistance with sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs
https://www.themosbyfoundation.org/

The Onyx & Breezy Foundation
Medical care grants
http://www.onyxandbreezy.org/

The Pet Fund
Assistance with veterinary care costs
https://www.thepetfund.com/

Ruff Start Rescue
Reduced cost microchip and shot clinics
https://www.ruffstartrescue.com/

A Rotta Love
Reduced cost microchip and shot clinics

https://arottalove.org/

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 EMERGENCY

Red Rover Relief – COVID-19 Emergency resources
Veterinary care grants, emergency boarding grants, pet food, emergency plans for pets
https://redrover.org/news/coronavirus/

 

TRAINING/BEHAVIOR

Wag & Train

Training and behavioral needs
https://wagandtrain.com/

Animal Humane Society
Pet behavior resources
https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/behavior/pet-behavior-resources 

Twin Cities Obedience Training Club
Puppy, obedience and agility classes and more
http://www.tcotc.com/

 

MORE RESOURCES

Handicapped Pets Foundation

Donate mobility equipment to pets in need
https://www.hpets.org/

People & Pets Together
Offers free pet food in times of need
http://www.peopleandpetstogether.org/people-and-pets-together-food-shelf/

Pets for Patriots
Connects veterans with homeless pets
https://www.petsforpatriots.org/

My Pit Bull Is Family
Pit bull friendly rental listings and resources for North Minneapolis families
https://www.mypitbullisfamily.org/

Cornerstone
Protection for pets in crisis and crime victim situations
https://cornerstonemn.org/emergency-services/protection-for-pets/

Minneapolis Animal Care and Control
No-cost kenneling for victims of domestic violence
http://www.minneapolismn.gov/animals/safe-kenneling

The Zebra

Sourcing tool to evaluate homeowners insurance plans that cover pets 

https://www.thezebra.com/homeowners-insurance/coverage/does-homeowners-insurance-cover-pets/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning to Help Rescue

Spring Cleaning to Help Rescue

As we’ve had to say goodbye to event after event, and the fundraising that goes along with them, we’re very much looking forward to the end of this corona virus madness. We’ll hold the annual Save-a-Bull Garage Sale later this summer and we need to KILL IT to make up for the money lost to this down time.

If you’re stuck at home #socialdistancing, now is a perfect time to tackle that dreaded task of cleaning out your closet, spare room, basement, junk drawer, attic, or garage…then set aside items you want to part with and plan to donate them to our efforts!

What can we use?
Anything you would be comfortable giving to a friend or family member to use, or that you would use yourself:

• Usable linens – towels, sheets, blankets, comforters, tablecloths, placemats, fabric
• Clothes in GOOD shape (limit one bag, name brand/designer preferred)
• Small working appliances
• Furniture
• Costume jewelry
• Household items without cracks, chips or stains
• Sports equipment in working order
• Pictures/artwork
• Bicycles
• Toys that are intact
• Books – in good condition (limit one box)
• DVDs, CDs, video games
• Tools
• Electronic items that work
• Plants
• Glasses and dishware
• Collectables
• Home decor
• Kids and baby items
• Beer and sports memorabilia
• Seasonal items
• Garden tools
• Designer clothes, shoes and handbags
• Like new/unopened items (no food)

It goes without saying, everything must be CLEAN.

Things we can’t use:
• Used makeup (yuck)
• VHS tapes
• Used undergarments or swim suits
• Used toiletries (again, yuck!)
• Broken appliances
• Old TVs and clunky computer monitors
• Mattresses
• Cribs
• Helmets/safety gear
• Dirty items

Sort through your stuff and start a box for donation! Once the personal space bubble has been lifted, and life returns to normal, we’ll start collecting donations. You can even sign up here to get an email when we’ve identified drop off sites, or to arrange for us to come and pick up your loot!

It’s likely that we’ll have all kinds of time to clean, organize and declutter, so we can’t wait to see what treasures you unearth to help rescue raise the much needed money to support our dogs!