CE–Animal Lovers & Rescues Working Together & E.V.C.O.R. Meeting on October 13th at Tempe A.S.U. Campus at 1:30PM–More Meeting Dates Available–Click Here!



Invitation to Cooperate & Coordinate Animal Rescue Efforts in a New Way by Working Together More Closely on Animal Intake, Volunteer Recruitment and Food & Supply Donations

    Same Meeting, Different Dates: When you R.S.V.P. below, please let us know which date you will be attending.

    This FREE Animal Help & Resources Seminar is Perfect for:

    ——–>Anyone who is or who wants to be an Animal Rescue Volunteer. This is also great information for Animal Rescue Groups to know so that they can help refer people to available animal resources & meet potential New Volunteers!

    ——–>Anyone who Works with Families, Seniors, Veterans, Hospice, Homeless, Child Protective Services, Domestic Violence Victims and any other organization that assists people with low income individuals.

    ——–>Any Animal Lover that wants more information to help their own animals or the Dogs & Cats of Friends, Colleagues & Family Members.

All are Welcome! This seminar is FREE & Open to the Public—Please Help Us Spread the Word via your Social Media Network! Our Goal is to Train 500 Ambassadors for Animals (Dogs & Cats) by December 31st, 2016.

    *****If you are an Animal Rescue, please R.S.V.P. on this page for the Animal Rescues Working Together & E.V.C.O.R. Meeting by contacting us through the “Share Information & Resources” comment section below.*****

*****If you are a member of the public who is an animal lover or a potential animal rescue volunteer, please R.S.V.P. for the Meeting by contacting us through the “Share Information & Resources” comment section at this link*****

“Animal Help & Resources Seminar” FREE & Open to the Public http://communitycause.org/animal-ambassador-seminar-resources/

    When? Choose from Any of These Seminar Dates & Different Times:

Thursday, October 13th 1:30-3:00 Tempe A.S.U. Campus Memorial Union in the Changemaker Central entrepreneur space
Saturday, October 22nd 3:00-4:30 Dobson Library 2425 S Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202
Thursday, October 6th 3:00-4:30 Mesa Main Library 2nd floor Boardroom
Tuesday, November 8th 6:00-7:30 Mesa Main Library 2nd floor Saguaro Room
Tuesday, November 15th 6:00-7:30 Red Mountain Library 635 N Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85205
Wednesday, December 7th 4:30-6:00 Mesa Express Library 2055 S Power Road, Suite 1031

Mesa Main Library address: 64 E 1st St in Downtown Mesa

*****Please Bring Your Laptop Computer so You Can Bookmark Important Animal Resource Pages!*****

    *****Please R.S.V.P. for this Animal Help & Resources Seminar by contacting us through the “Share Information & Resources” comment section below*****

*****Please ask any questions you may have about this seminar through the “Share Information & Resources” comment section on the RSVP page so that we can answer once for all to see.

********Please note that all comments are moderated by a CommunityCause.org volunteer so it may take time for your R.S.V.P. or question to appear below.********

    Please Bring Your Laptop Computer to the Workshop so You Can Bookmark Important Resource Pages! 🙂

    Here are the Benefits of Attending this Meeting:

    ***By Participating in this Meeting, your organization will be invited to attend the Upcoming Volunteer Palooza events and your organization will benefit from all Fundraising Promotions & Money Raised.

    ***We have a Volunteer Recruitment & Scheduling Manager that will Help Place community volunteers at your organization.

    ***Information about your organization will be included in our Marketing Presentations at Local Libraries, Senior Centers and presentations to ASU Students. We will do the outreach & volunteer recruitment for you! 🙂

    ***You will be allowed to use our Social Media Lovers for a Cause community volunteers to push your events, projects and adoptions through their social media channels.

    ***We will all Learn More about How Best to Refer to the Services various organizations provide & we will Discover how we all can work better together.

    We Will Introduce You to All The Services on CommunityCause.org that will Help You Get Volunteers, Interns, Donated Items and More!

    You will also be added to receive Prescreening Forms from Interested Adopters, Cat & Dog Breed Requests from people looking for Animals and we will introduce you to the Unwanted Dog Service.

    We will also discuss how these CommunityCause.org Services work:

Donation Matching Service & Volunteer Matching Service

On Call Community Volunteers Emergency Foster Homes, Transport Volunteers, TNR Volunteers
Short Term Community Volunteers
Community Skill Bank
Community Response System

We would like to extend an invitation to Any Animal Rescue, especially East Valley animal rescues, who may be interested in cooperating and coordinating rescue efforts in a new way. In an effort to increase the number of animals saved while decreasing the stress and wear & tear on animal rescue volunteers we be re-launching E.V.C.O.R., the East Valley Coalition of Rescues. E.V.C.O.R. operated successfully for a number of years in the 1990’s and then wound down after several rescue members retired from doing rescue volunteer work.

We are having our first official meeting for anyone interested in animal rescue who would like to work together in a new way. We will be meeting on August 20th at 3PM at Mesa Main library on the 2nd floor in the Board Room. From 3:00-4:30 we will meet and discuss plans for cooperating and coordinating our efforts to work together through E.V.C.O.R. and CommunityCause.org. From 4:30-5:00 we will have a Meet & Greet with new volunteers who want to connect with animal rescues and have a chance to meet and set goals with fellow animal rescue folks.

If you are in the West Valley or North Valley and want to attend to share your ideas, you are very welcome! We hope that there will eventually be both a West Valley and North Valley Coalition of Rescues that works together in a similar way. The prototype will be in the East Valley since many animal rescues have expressed a desire to work together more closely .

Here is the Schedule of Events for the Animal Rescues Working Together & E.V.C.O.R. Meetings:

*****3:00-4:30—Presentation–Agenda & Topics Covered below.

*****4:30-5:00—Brainstorming & Planning for Re-Launch of the East Valley Coalition of Rescues (E.V.C.O.R.) & Introduction to Working Together in a New Way–Topics Covered below.

Anyone passionate about animal rescue who is interested in hearing about and participating in E.V.C.O.R. is welcome from 3:00-4:30. You can help plan the structure and activities of E.V.C.O.R. Help set the new direction! You do not have to be a nonprofit. Please let all independent rescuers know that we want to connect with you, too. There will be opportunities to work with animal rescue nonprofits who are willing to serve as umbrella organizations helping independent rescuers and mentoring opportunities for those who want to get their 501(c)3

Here is the Schedule of Events & Agenda for the Animal Rescues Working Together & E.V.C.O.R. Meetings:

***What to do if you have Lost or Found a Dog or Cat. Where to post online and which local organizations help. *****We will also discuss how you can be alerted when new information comes in about Lost & Found Dogs & Cats on CommunityCause.org or HelpingLostPets.com

***Where to go for FREE or Low Cost Vaccinations, Microchips, Veterinary Care Spay & Neuter. Where to find a complete calendar special events, low cost clinics & a list of all related resources.

***What to do about Outside Cats Options & Information on the FREE Spay & Neuter programs and the City of Tempe Program & TNR effort.

***”How to Find and Select the Perfect Rescue Dog or Cat for Your Family” Good resources to share with potential adopters. *****We will also discuss how you can be alerted when a new information comes in on CommunityCause.org

***”What to do with an Unwanted Dog or Cat. How to Rehome them.” Good resources to share with people with unwanted animals. *****We will also discuss the NEW Unwanted Dog Service and Unwanted Cat Service (same as Dog project) before they are out how we can all work together more effectively and efficiently on “Courtesy Postings”.

***Where the Pet Food Banks & Resources for FREE or Low Cost Pet Food.

***What to Do in an Animal Emergency & How to Create a Disaster Plan and Travel Kit.

***What Low Cost Options for Temporary Housing for Animals in a Human Health or Other Emergency.

***How to Handle possible Animal Neglect or Abuse Cases.

***Where to Find Help for the Animals of Veterans, Deploying Military, Low Income & Domestic Violence Victims.

***Where to go for FREE or low cost help with Dog or Cat Problem Behaviors.

***What Volunteer Opportunities are Available to Help Animals from Home, Online, Adoption Days or Advocacy.

***How Young People Can Get Involved and Help at Adoption Days, Take Photos, Create Videos, Code & Manage Websites and even Use their Social Media Skills to Help Animals!

You are Cordially Invited to this Gathering of Animal Lovers, Volunteers, Nonprofits, Rescues & Philanthropic Groups


When? Saturday, September 3rd gathering from 3:00 to 5:00PM at Mesa Main Library. October 22nd at Mesa’s Dobson Library. Optional networking and/or help posting your projects, your events, your volunteer & donated item wish lists, your Free listing in the Directory of Services & Organizations, etc. after the information sessions end at 4:30.


***Saturday, October 22nd 3:00-4:15 Dobson Library in Mesa
***New Dates Coming Soon! 3:00-4:15 Mesa Main Library 2nd floor Boardroom
***New Dates Coming Soon! 3:00-4:15 Mesa Express Library 2055 S Power Road, Suite 1031

***New Dates Coming Soon! 3:00-4:15 Mesa Main Library 2nd floor Boardroom

Mesa Main Library address: 64 E 1st St in Downtown Mesa

Saturday, September 3rd: This meeting will be held at the Mesa Main Library at 64 E. 1st Street in downtown Mesa. From downtown Mesa’s Main Street, between Country Club and Mesa Drive, take Center St. North to E. 1st street. Look right and you will see the Post Office. The next building to the right is the Main Library. From downtown Mesa, the Main Library is 1 block north of Main and just East of Center St. We will be meeting on the 2nd floor in the Saguaro room. After you go up the stairs, turn left and then turn left again and you will see the Saguaro room on your left side. Here is the Map Link to the Mesa Main Library–Click Here!

Saturday, October 22nd: This meeting will be held at the Dobson Library in Mesa.

New Dates Coming Soon!: This meeting will be held at the Mesa Express Library at 2055 S Power Road, Suite 1031. Here is the Map Link to the Mesa Express Library–Click Here!

What Do I Bring?

Please be sure to bring a notebook, a pen, any organization brochures, your lunch, your good ideas, a willing spirit of cooperation & creativity and a laptop computer, if you wish. There is WiFi available.

This event is 100% Free! There are plenty of eating establishments and picnic tables within a short walk or drive. We are not allowed to have food or open beverage containers in this room. The library has been kind enough to allow us to use this space so we want to keep it nice and free from spills. There is a coffee shop in the downstairs lobby of the library.

Do I need to R.S.V.P.?

While it is not necessary to R.S.V.P., it is helpful to us. The room holds as many as 125 people so we should be able to accommodate everyone, even people who decide at the last minute that they can attend. You may R.S.V.P. by sending us a message via the comments section below. Please help us to spread the word by sharing information about this “Unconference” with other animal lovers. The social media buttons at the top of this post make it easy to share this event with others who may be interested.

Thank you for your interest in Helping Animals! We look forward to a very nice day meeting like-minded people & brainstorming even more ways to Help Animals!

Will you help us? You can Help Get the Word Out about this Gathering of Animal Lovers is open to any Volunteers, Nonprofits, Rescues or Philanthropic Groups that want to Help Animals. The Social Media buttons at the top of this page make sharing information about this meeting easy! Who do you know that is interested in helping animals?

Please forward information about this meeting to friends, family members & colleagues who may be interested in attending! Let’s work together to get more animals safely home!

Do you have any ideas about how to get the word out to other nonprofits that there is Free help available at CommunityCause.org? Please help brainstorm ideas by posting them in the comment section below.

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Thank you for wanting to make a difference in your community! Thank you for wanting to Help Animals! Please let us know if you plan to attend by contacting us via the “Share Information & Resources” comment section below. Looking forward to meeting you!!


Benefits of Participating in E.V.C.O.R.

***We will have a group of volunteers whose services can be utilized by any nonprofit. We will have Foster Home Volunteers, Emergency Foster Families, Bottle Feeders, Animal Transportation Volunteers, Clerical Volunteers, Computer Volunteers, Phone Volunteers, etc. who can be utilized by any E.V.C.O.R. partnering organization. They will not be attached to any one organization. They will be a pool of volunteers that any partner organization can access. They will “float” between organizations as needed.

***We will have one group of volunteers whose sole mission is to secure donations of food & other animal supplies on behalf or us all.

***We will have an Outreach Team visiting Businesses, Senior Centers, Schools, Universities & Colleges recruiting volunteers. A Volunteer Coordinator will keep track of your volunteer needs and strive to help you fill positions. We will make connections with professors & students to spread the word out internship and capstone project opportunities with nonprofits.

***We will have a Marketing & Innovation Team that will work on increasing awareness about animal related issues & services. They will also work to find innovative ways of increasing public awareness of the volunteer & donation needs of the participating animal rescues.

***We will have a Social Media Marketing Team of volunteers and a Fundraising Team that will work on projects to benefit us all.

***We will have a group of volunteers that do presentations, attend volunteer recruitment events, visit organizations requesting volunteers, donated items and resources on behalf of all of us participating in E.V.C.O.R. They will bring the information & brochures of all participating animal rescues to every event and promote all organizations equally.

***We will keep you informed of events & training opportunities in the community that may assist you in managing your nonprofit, connect with supportive community organizations and promote the services & needs of your nonprofit.

***We will help you to promote your classes, events, fundraisers and volunteer trainings by using our connections in the community and through social media.

***We will offer volunteer training for your volunteers for Foster Home Volunteers, Adoption Counselors, etc. from a curriculum that we all agree to. We will have the ability to do volunteer trainings to benefit all animal rescues that want to use this service. You may send as many of your volunteers as you wish to the trainings free of charge.

***We will have a joint storage facility where donated items will be stored and any animal rescue can freely take the items they need from the storage unit. They can also drop off what they do not need and wish to share.

***We will have a Lending Library for items others are willing to Share & Lend. For instance, if one organization has extra dog crates, they can retain ownership of them and leave them at the storage unit. They are then available to lend out or to be “checked out” by organizations that need them.

***We will have an on line Breed Request System for people seeking to adopt specific breeds and/or types of animals. All participating animal rescues will be able to view the Breed Request Lists on line.

***We will have a Pre-Adoption “Interest Questionnaire” that we all agree on that can be used by anyone interested in adopting an animal from any of our organizations. That way, an interested adopter can fill out the form one time and it will be accepted by all as the potential adopter moves between adoption sites. This will provide an easy way for animal rescues to initially see if they have an animal that is potentially a good match for the adopter. (We have heard many potential adopters complain that they have to fill out long forms on many websites answering the same questions over and over again. Many have even told us that they got fed up and bought a dog from a breeder because the process was so difficult, even thought they preferred to adopt a rescue animal!)

***We will post the Pre-Adoption “Interest Questionnaires”on line on a password protected web page for all participating animal rescues to see. That way you can easily see the information about people who wish to adopt and check to see if you have a match for them. You will be updated via email when new potential adopters come into the system. You will be alerted to the specific type of dog or cat the adopter is seeking.

***We will have an on line form for unwanted cats & dogs. Specialized volunteers will contact the person to get details on the animal and its behavior, as well as the reason the animal is unwanted. This saves the animal’s family from contacting lots of different rescues about the same animal. It also saves all of us the time & energy of all working the same animal case, not knowing that others are working hard to save the SAME animal! This will prevent animals from coming into the system in a chaotic way with little or know health history or behavior knowledge.

***We will have a specialized team of volunteers who work to solve the problems BEFORE the animals reach the animal rescue system. They will specialize in directing people to free pet food resources, animal behavior specialists, etc. There will be “Help Desk” volunteers who help the public solve common animal problems. There will Animal Ombudsmen community volunteers who specialize in solving especially complicated animal problems. Ombudsmen will also advocate for animal welfare in specific situations that need more attention.

***We will post unwanted animal cases on line and everyone will have the ability to see the animals that are entering the system and comment on what their rescue is able to do to help. A project will be opened up on each animal and all can work on the case and be fully aware of what others are doing to try to help the animal.

***We will invite independent rescuers and participating animal rescue groups to share our ongoing adoption days at Petco & Petsmart in order to generate more enthusiasm and share volunteer capacity.

***We will assist you in “marketing” your difficult to place animals & post your “Helping Hand” fundraiser projects for specific animals needing medical attention on our website.

***We will assist you in getting Community Sponsors to help cover some of the costs of running your animal rescue. We will be looking for sponsorship from local business, schools & faith communities.

***We will help you place your senior animals through the Senior to Senior Program. Please check out the link for more information on this project: Senior to Senior Project–Learn more. Click Here!

***We will have a Speakers Bureau of volunteers willing to go out to speak for Free on various animal related topics. Please let us know if there are topics that you are willing to give presentations on. Speakers Bureau of volunteers will go to schools, businesses, faith communities and anywhere else to increase awareness about animal issues.

***We will be giving Free seminars to the public about Dog Topics, Cat Topics and Outdoor Cat Topics. We will be informing the public about where the local resources are for animal rescue adoption, spay & neuter, lost & found, pet food assistance, volunteer opportunities, etc. This is an effort to teach animal lovers in the community about how to respond to common questions that their own friends, family & colleagues may be asking them regarding animals. Because they are know as an animal lover in their social network, we want to prepare them with current & accurate information. We want them to serve as “information booths” of good information to all those who know them.

***We will also be available to provide emotional encouragement & support to each other as we do this meaningful but difficult work of helping animals.

***Another Opportunity: You are also invited to join in the effort to create an Animal Overflow & Support Facility that would allow any rescue to rent shelter space & allow the administrative costs to be shared among all rescues. Have you ever thought of having your own animal shelter? Let’s join in and create one together. Spaces could be retained by the day, week or on a monthly basis. To learn more about the idea, please go to this link. Please send in a comment on that Animal Overflow & Support Facility project page if you know you would like to be involved.

Animal Overflow & Support Center

Organizations participating in E.V.C.O.R. will choose to specialize in whatever they are good at and do that on behalf of all participating organizations: Recruiting New Volunteers, Getting Donated Items, Taking in Certain Types of Animals, Connecting with Local Businesses that Can Help, etc. Together we can make a big difference in the lives of animals.

Come share your ideas. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Please R.S.V.P. at this website link: All Animal Rescues are invited to East Valley Coalition of Rescues (E.V.C.O.R.) meeting Animal Rescues Working Together http://communitycause.org/east-valley-coalition-of-rescues-meeting/ Just send us a note to let us know you are coming.

We hope to make the East Valley Coalition of Rescues (E.V.C.O.R.) a template for how a West Valley and North Valley Coalition of Rescues will work together.

Please direct any questions you have to the comment section of this website link Animal Rescues Working Together so that we can answer them once for all to see.


    Please help Spread the Word to other Animal People who may be interested. The social media buttons on this page make sharing this information easy! This meeting is open to all animal lovers, potential volunteers as well as any animal rescues.

    Who do you know who works in any of these organizations?

    This is a great FREE training for any animal lover, especially those who work with:

    Schools, Fire & Police Departments, Medical & Emergency Room Departments, Hospice Care, In-Home Senior Services, Pet Stores, Groomers, Veterinary Offices, Realtors Selling Homes, Social Service Agencies, Faith Communities and any other organization that works with low income individuals or families. (What else did we miss?)

    This info helps them to learn where the local animal resources are so that they can help their clients to help their animals.

All are Welcome! This seminar is FREE & Open to the Public—Please Help Us Spread the Word via your Social Media Network! Our Goal is to Train 500 Ambassadors for Animals (Dogs & Cats) by December 31st, 2016.

    Thank you for forwarding this information to any individual or organization that may be interested!

    The Animals Thank You! 🙂


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  1. I will be there Thursday Oct 6 at 3pm, RSVP for 2 adults.

  2. Reminder that the next Animal Lovers & Rescues Working Together & E.V.C.O.R. Meeting on September 19th at Tempe at 10AM in a meeting room there. Ask the front desk. This is an exact repeat of the event we hosted at Mesa Main Library & Mesa Express Library. Please tell your friends! Also, here is another great event:

    Hello, I thought you might be interested. Please copy & paste the information below and send it out to any clients, colleagues, family members and your social media networks that may be interested. 🙂

    Low Cost Microchip and Vaccination Clinic for Your Dogs & Cats on Sunday September 18 from 9 to 2:00 p.m. at the University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension building on 4341 E. Broadway in Phoenix (roughly 43rd street and Broadway).

    Here is the link if you need more information: http://cabra.org/clinics.html

    The HomeAgain microchip including registration is only $20 each.

    Vaccinations (parvo/distemper, rabies, or bordatella) are only $15 each if the dog/cat gets a microchip or has one($20 each if they don’t).

    We do have the cat equivalent of distemper shots at the same prices. These are great prices and reflect our low overhead. Other than the vet and vet tech, the other workers are volunteers. There is no separate vet examination fee.

    Microchips are increasingly being cited as the basis for getting lost pets back to their owners. Recent publicized stories have dogs being returned up to YEARS after the pet is lost and all because of a microchip. At these prices you want your pet to have one. NOBODY thinks their dog is going to get out and get lost but the pound is full of those dogs. Even the best owners can lose a dog.

    Our microchips and shots are given by a licensed vet and there isno “visit” charge. This by itself can save you $40-50dollars. This clinic is open to the general public and you don’t have to have an appointment or even be a member of CABRA to participate. So come on out

    Please be there before 1:00 if you are bringing multiple pets.

    Please notice that we use HomeAgain microchips. These cost us more than several of the other brands but we think they are the best.

    We accept cash, checks, debit, or credit cards.

    Don’t wait till your pet gets lost to think about microchipping. At these prices you don’t want to risk it. This low cost vaccination clinic event is sponsored by the Coalition of All Breed Rescue of Arizona (CABRA), a nonprofit IRS 501(c)(3) organization.

  3. Invitation to our “How You Can Help Animals! Tips for Where to Go for Free & Low Cost Help and What to Do to Solve Common Animal Issues” Seminars FREE & Open to the Public on or Saturday, September 3rd at Mesa Main Library!
    Also all of these dates & times:
    —–>Dobson Ranch Branch of Mesa Library: Saturday, October 22nd, 3-4:30pm. (location: Dobson Meeting Room)
    —–>Red Mountain Branch of Mesa Library: Tuesday, November 15th, 6-7:30pm. (location: Program Room)
    —–>Mesa Main Library Branch: Tuesday, November 8th, 6-7:30pm.
    —–>Express Library Branch of Mesa Library: Wednesday December 7th, 4-7:30pm.

  4. I would like to sign up for the meeting on 8/27. Please let me know if there’s anything else I need to do to attend. Thank you

  5. Tracey Varga, Shelter Director from Lost Our Home Pet Rescue will attend. Thanks!

  6. I will be attending the September 3 meeting on behalf of Arizona Sheltie Rescue and Southwest Collie Rescue

  7. I volunteer at Lost Our Home Pet Rescue and plan on attending tomorrow.

  8. Looking forward to meeting you all, tomorrow, Saturday, August 20th at Mesa Main Library at 3PM. Let’s work together to Help Animals! Come meet like minded people who also want to help cats, dogs & other animals! 🙂 We have 2 more people who have confirmed their R.S.V.P.

    If you have not yet sent in your R.S.V.P.:

    *****If you are an Animal Rescue–Please R.S.V.P. at this Link: http://communitycause.org/animal-rescues-working-together-august20th/

    *****If you are a member of the public who is an animal lover or a potential animal rescue volunteer, please R.S.V.P. for the Meeting by contacting us through the “Share Information & Resources” comment section at this Link: http://communitycause.org/animal-ambassador-seminar-resources/

    Thanks! Clare from DOG RESCUE & CommunityCause.org

  9. I plan to attend.

  10. I plan to attend on Saturday.

  11. Hello,
    Wildhorse Ranch Rescue would like to attend this event.

    Thank you,

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