To end the semester of our labor rights advocating, Little Known Help Zone sold candy grams for May Day that were delivered in people’s mailboxes. The chocolate we sold was fair trade and organic and also benefited endangered animals. We made over $50 that will be donated to ORMUSA, a women’s labor rights organization in El Salvador.
To put together the candygrams, we had an end of the year party to celebrate our accomplishments with some chinese food.
We hope to have more successful fundraisers in the following semesters to continue to contribute to human rights causes in Central America.
After a delightful trip to Costa Rica, I sent a thank you to Petmeds for the donations and was pleasantly surprised. They offered to send more donation boxes for me to give out. This time, I wanted to focus on my own community, so after researching, I chose the delightful Animals in Distress.
Animals in Distress is a local pet sanctuary that keeps every animal received, provides medical care and love, and also works on finding these pets homes. This is a no-kill shelter, which is one of the main reasons I chose them. I respect their mission quite much, and this place is an area of love and happiness. The sanctuary is spacious and bright, the animals are in a great place with loving volunteers and spacious rooms. Certain animals, such as Spook, who is paralyzed, have special accommodations (The Spook Mobile is adorable!)
After receiving the donations, I sorted through to organize and examine the contents. Over $500 dollars worth of supplies were sent, from medicines to treats to toys! My dad took me to AID and we were pleasantly greeted by the workers. The facility is beautiful and all of the volunteers are friendly and welcoming. They were very appreciative and we also got a tour of the cat kennel! Every single cat was beautiful and you could tell each had its own personality. One feature that truly made me happy was the spaciousness of the rooms. There were rooms for the cats that each went off into a sunnier room with bird feeders outside. Rather than be caged, they were free to roam around their room and do cat-like things. I am so happy to have been able to contribute to this wonderful organization and I can’t wait to volunteer and work with them in the future.
My vacation in Puerto Viejo took me on many adventures, but on June 22nd, I embraced my true passion and saw months of work brought to life. Prior to leaving for Costa Rica, I engaged in a multi month collection of veterinary supplies for the Jaguar Rescue in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. My organization was highly successful; over seven hundred dollars worth of supplies was gathered thanks to the generous contributions of three companies. 1-800 Pet Meds was one of the kind donors who graciously supplied the majority of veterinary care, I highly suggest you check them out here for great prices and wonderful service for all your pet needs!
My family and I took a cab ride to the refuge and arrived on time for the 11:30 tour. Due to power outages and other communication hindrances, the private showing did not work out. In order to keep the facility up and running, a fifteen dollar donation I requested to see the work they are doing. While paying our donation, I dropped off the bags of supplies behind the desk and the lady promised to find the owners for me to meet and speak to.
Our tour was with a lovely woman named Daniela; she was thorough, kind, intelligent, informative, and interesting. We were shown the various facilities and informed of the methods used to take care of the animals. Also, we were told the story of each animal at the refuge. All of the stories were equally touching and I could spend hours recounting the touching anecdotes. What sets the refuge apart from similar concept facilities is their reintroduction effort. Most of the animal refuges keep the animals for life after taking them in. At the Jaguar Rescue, the utmost effort is taken to try and reintroduce the animals to their natural habitat. The work done at this center is incredible and inspiring.
As we were nearing the end of our tour, I was given the opportunity to meet the owners. They are such kind hearted people and very sweet. I got a picture taken with them and an adorable monkey, then we finished the tour. The jaguar rescue was an incredible experience and I very much enjoyed the trip. I suggest trying to visit the refuge and see the incredible work yourself. I want to thank all of the donors again for their contributions, because this project couldn’t have been done without them.
Little Known Help Zone’s most recent project involves the Costa Rican Jaguar Rescue Center, an animal refuge centered in Puerto Viejo that takes care of injured and orphaned animals and makes effort to rehabilitate them back into the wild . For my 16th birthday, I will be visiting Costa Rica and volunteering at the refuge for a portion of my trip. The reserve is in need of some supplies, so Little Known Help Zone has made it their goal to collect this supplies to deliver on the trip. Needs include fleece blankets, electric blankets, powdered goats milk, and medications.
After minimal success with attempts to collect donations, a wonderful surprise came in the mail. Northeast Fleece, a fleece company based in Massachusetts, sent a package of 6 fleece blankets after I sent an email to their headquarters. These blankets are needed for the young animals of the refuge who have the potential of getting hypothermia since they no longer have the warmth of their mothers. The fleece blankets provide warmth and comfort. This donation will make all the difference for the refuge.
Little Known Help Zone would like to send a big thanks to Northeast Fleece for their generosity.
Stay tuned for continued information about the preliminary supplies collection and the trip itself.