Hope you had a great weekend.
After returning from breakfast on Sunday morning, I spotted an injured bird, on the side of the road, outside of our home. I parked, picked up the bird and put him in the bed of my pickup truck – so he wouldn’t get run over.
I rushed in the house and called the Alameda Animal Shelter. Not there on Sundays. I called the police who suggested I call the Ohlone Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. I did.
Unfortunately they were located in Newark – about a half hour away.
I tried the local vets here in town first. No one was open on Sunday, except one. They said they couldnâ€™t rescue the bird, but could euthanize it. Not my first choice, but it was better than having it suffer to death.
After arriving I come to find out the vet wanted $20.00 to euthanize the bird. I refused. $20.00 to kill a bird. No way! My wallet and heart were not in the right place.
It looks like I was headed to Newark.
I called the OHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center again and asked if it would cost anything to drop off the bird. â€œNoâ€, they said, â€œbut we gladly accept donations.â€ They also mentioned, theyâ€™d try to rescue the bird, but if they were unsuccessful, they would have to put him down. That was fine, I thought. Thatâ€™s better than paying $20.00 just to kill it.
I arrived at the shelter. Linda and Paul, both volunteers, gladly took the bird into their care. I was given a tour of the facility. The rescue center is funded all by donations and volunteers. They rescue almost every type of animal, except skunks and deer.
After my tour, I filled out some paperwork and gladly offered my donation of $20.00 to the shelter.
(…and the point is?…I like to at least have a point to these writings…)
Give and you’ll receive. I gave my money of my own good free will. Giving your money because you want to feels a whole lot better than having it taken away or demanded from you. I felt obliged to give my money. When the vet demanded my money, I was taken back, but the idea of giving it felt better and I knew where my money was going.
Give stuff away for FREE on your website – articles, free product samples, etc. That is what the Internet is still about â€“ getting information for free. While offering FREE items or information, youâ€™re also positioning yourself as the expert. And who better qualified than your organization.