wikiDeeks is proud to support a great charity called Pets of the Homeless, which provides pet food and emergency veterinary care to pets of homeless individuals and families across the U.S. and Canada.
Your first reaction might be to think that homeless people shouldn’t really have pets. Well, the fact is that sometimes these animals are the only friend a homeless person has, the only one they can count on to not feel completely alone in the world, providing the same source of unconditional love as our pets provide to us. And sadly sometimes they are also a source of protection and security. The Intercept wrote a great article about the issue. So did The Huffington Post. Here’s how Pets of the Homeless puts it:
Feeding Pets of the Homeless believes in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond which is very important in the lives of many homeless. They find solace, protection and companionship through their pets. They care for their pets on limited resources so they themselves have less. Our task, nationwide, is to feed and provide basic emergency veterinary care to their pets and thus relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets.
— Mission Statement, Pets of the Homeless
In addition to providing pet food, supplies and veterinary care, Pets of the Homeless supports homeless shelters to create ways to enable homeless people to get off the streets while keeping their pets safely with them. And they have a reading program to encourage elementary students to fundraise called Reading for Scruffy. They help in all 50 U.S. states as well as parts of Canada.
wikiDeeks Pledges to Give
We at wikiDeeks pledge to give $150 to Pets of the Homeless each time Monty or Homeless Deeks make an appearance on NCIS:LA. So far we’ve given $1200 in honor of Homeless Deeks’ seven previous appearances on the show: “Borderline,” “The Watchers,” “Parley,” “Inelegant Heart,” “The Grey Man,” “High Value Target,” “Hail Mary,” and “The Bear.”
You Can Help Too
Help us support Pets of the Homeless. Spread the word on social media. On-line shop at a retailer that gives to Pets of the Homeless, including AmazonSmile and Humane Rx. Drop off pet food at one of their many drop-off locations.
Better yet, give a U.S. tax deductible donation of any size. Even $10 can make a difference! If you give through the organization’s globalgiving website, you can do so in honor of Marty Deeks or Eric Christian Olsen (or Monty or Dakota!). We’ll collect all the donation info and send it to him periodically. We are thrilled to have passed our original goal of $1,500, a second goal of $3,000, and to have met our most recent goal of $4000! To date we’ve raised $4380. Huge thanks to all our amazing readers who’ve given so far. (Note: Donations can be made from anywhere in the world.)
Give a donation of any size (well, at least $5), using the instructions below, and we’ll enter you into you into the next drawing we hold:
Mobile users use this link.
PC users follow these instructions:
|1. Go to the Pets of the Homeless globalgiving campaign.|
|2. Click the “DONATE NOW” button for a default $25 amount OR choose a different pre-set amount from the Donate Once list OR scroll to the bottom of the page to enter a different amount, like the $10 example here.|
|3. Click the “Make your donation in honor of someone” that appears below your planned donation.
Select eCard as the card type. Choose a design.
4. Enter Eric Christian Olsen’s name in the “Who should we send card to” section, along with our wikiDeeks charity e-mail: wikiDeeks@hotmail.com. (The e-mail is how we’ll know you donated.)
Leave the current date in the Date to Send box.
|5. Enter your name in the “From” line, Eric’s (or Deeks’ or anyone else’s) name in the “In Honor Of” line, and leave a short message of any kind for Eric. You can write as much as 5000 characters! You don’t have to “Show how much you’re donating,” but if you do, it will help us track our cumulative impact.|
|6. Use the “preview” button to see what your e-mail to Eric will look like. Here’s a sample:|
|7. Hit the Continue button to enter your payment information, and you’re done! Once we’ve reached our goal, we’ll print and deliver all the notes to Eric and Daniela.|
Want to give less than $10, or don’t want to deal with the instructions above? You can donate through Paypal on the Pets of the Homeless website. If you send proof of your $5 donation to us at wikiDeeks@hotmail.com, along with any short note you want to send to Eric, you’ll still be entered into any current drawing.
Thank You for All Your Help!
Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has helped, whether it’s by a financial contribution, a food drop-off, targeted on-line shopping, or just by spreading the word. Together we can make a difference.