Community | 12 Days of Giving - Day 12

By: Natalie Bates


Many political, social and spiritual groups encourage altruism and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature will share the impact and needs of 12 different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform you and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.

Day 12 – Helping Out Pets Everyday (HOPE)

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Every year over 40,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters throughout San Bernardino County due to over-population. The shelters can’t afford to support the volumes of animals that come through their doors each year, so many healthy dogs and cats have to be put down. Helping Out Pets Everyday (HOPE) plans to reduce the number of needless animal deaths. They rescue cats and dogs from shelters and then help them find good homes. Formed in 2003 by the desire to save lives, HOPE educates the public on the importance of spaying and neutering pets to keep the population under control and provides medical care, vaccines and a sanctuary to the animals they rescue while they are being prepared for adoption.

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HOPE hosts adoptions every Saturday from 10a.m. to 2p.m. at the PetSmart inside the Colonies Crossroads Shopping Center in Upland. In addition to helping their rescued pets find loving homes, HOPE also partners with Western University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to provide a mobile spaying and neutering service to any dog or cat in need, regardless of where you reside. Through this partnership, HOPE has aided in the spaying and neutering of over 1,000 animals.

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Helping out this many animals is a huge task, and as an all-volunteer organization, HOPE needs all the help they can get. Interested in volunteering to spend some time offering companionship to a homeless dog or cat? Fill out the volunteer interest form, and someone will be in touch with you. You can also make a monetary donation to sponsor a dog or cat through their website.

HOPE can be reached at (800) 811-4285, or by mail at PO Box 2005, Upland, CA 91785. For more information visit their website.

Remember that sharing is caring, and if you can’t personally give back, share it with someone who can! #ieshineon #12daysofgiving.