Hello Ahimsa House followers!
Neil here coming out of my long summer siesta. It’s been muggy! It’s been thunder-y! And whoo, it’s been hot. I’m pleased to announce the beginning of our busiest outreach season of the year. As the temperature drops, the number of community festivals rises drastically, and already September and October are looking busy, busy, busy!
You never know what can happen at an outreach event when tabling with Ahimsa House. Fourteen total strangers may sign up for our newsletter, passing on news of our program and services to their family and friends. A handful will sign up to volunteer, assisting us on our crisis line, fostering or transporting a pet, or even tabling at outreach events with you next time! An employee at a local boarding facility could approach us with a partnership, offering a discounted boarding rate for Ahimsa House pets. Perhaps a woman experiencing domestic violence will simply walk by, file the information away, and call us in a few weeks for help. Or you may simply sell a Beanie Baby to a child and make their day, raising a few bucks to go towards the animals in our program. Regardless of what happens, it matters – A LOT! Communities are full of possibilities and potential partnerships, and spending your time volunteering with Ahimsa House’s outreach program makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE!
Ahimsa House’s outreach program has always been volunteer-run. We are proud that with only four employees, we are still able to do so much because of our dedicated volunteers. We want to show our thanks to our volunteers beyond this bulletin– we want the world to know!! How, you ask?
- From now through November, each hour that a volunteer represents Ahimsa House at an outreach event will earn them an extra chance at winning a gift card PRIZE!! For example, If Dana volunteers for 4 hours this fall, her name will be in the drawing 4 times to win! Who can resist volunteering for a good cause coupled with competing for a prize?
- We are also accepting submissions for outreach volunteer of the month! If you would like to nominate a fellow volunteer, a friend, or yourself, you can email Sarah with 2-3 lines about why you think that person deserves to be volunteer of the month!! The volunteer will be featured on Neil’s Blog. Yay!
Here are our upcoming volunteer needs. All of the following shifts are wide open for 1-3 volunteers!! If you would like to sign yourself and family/friends up for a shift, please email Sarah.
Paws on the Pavement 5k, Canton
Riverstone Animal Hospital in Canton, GA is being so kind as to host a 5k to benefit Ahimsa House! We would love volunteers to assist with the logistics of the race, including water stations, and to staff the Ahimsa House booth!
Saturday, September 12, 7a-11a
Paws in the Park, Kennesaw
Sponsored by Keep Kennesaw Beautiful, the 3rd annual Dreamland Memorial PAWS in the Park is an event to raise awareness of responsible dog ownership. See demonstrations by GAK9 service dogs. Visit over 40 vendor booths. Take home free samples of pet products. Shop for food and pet items. Take the Primrose Paw Print Pledge. It’s fun for grown ups, kids, and dogs!
Saturday, September 19, 8a-12p
Fair on the Square, Lawrenceville
This annual festival attracts four to five thousand visitor to downtown Lawrenceville every year! Fair on the Square features over one hundred vendors, arts and crafts, musical performances, great food, a kid zone, and even a dance contest! We don’t want to miss out of this action!
Saturday, September 19, 10a-2p
Saturday, September 19, 2p-6p
Top Dogs Paw Festival, Kennesaw
Featuring pet businesses, rescue groups, free pet food samples and pet nutrition education, a Fashion Show Contest, and other activities for everyone to enjoy.
Sunday, September 27, 1p-5p
Chattahoochee Pet Festival, Duluth
Live entertainment, including a Dancing with the Dogs contest and pet tricks! Pet friendly. Also featuring pet vendors, craft vendors, rescue groups, adoptions, and food vendors.
Sunday, October 4, 9a-12:30p
Sunday, October 4, 12:30p-4p
Boxerstock Music Festival, Marietta
You can experience the fun of Boxerstock without buying a ticket! A whole day of music, fun for kids, rescue row, doggie parades and contests, and more.
Sunday, October 11, 12p-3p
Sunday, October 11, 12p-6p
Fido’s Market Fall Festival, Alpharetta
Fun fall festival by your favorite natural pet shop!
Sunday, October 11, 11:30a-3p
Noah’s Ark Fall Festival, Locust Grove
Enjoy a fun day at Noah’s Ark animal sancturary! Pet parades, contests, and more! And of course the usual ducks and chickens exploring the grounds 🙂
Saturday, October 17, 8:30a-12p
Saturday, October 17, 12p-4p
Dogtoberfest in East Atlanta Village
Afternoon of fun for family and fur-babies.
Sunday, October 18, 12p-4p
Blessing of the Pets, Dunwoody
Annual blessing of the pets by the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
Sunday, October 18, 12p-2p
Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends (AARF) Pet Fest, Stone Mountain
Featuring a silent auction, a doggie costume parade and contest, adoptions, and games.
Saturday, October 24, 9a-1p
Saturday, October 24, 1p-5p
Daffy’s Day, Lilburn
Low-cost vaccinations, doxie races, pet contests and parades, adoptions, food vendors, children’s activities, and the second annual Hike for Hungry Pets!
Sunday, October 25, 10:30a-1p
Sunday, October 25, 1p-4p
As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities to get involved and help grow Ahimsa House!