SPARTA, TN--(Marketwire - November 1, 2010) -  Sharon Langford doesn't want to focus as much on the overly-publicized crisis facing animal shelters today as she does on the joy that the loving animals housed there can bring to people's lives.

What's more, she's willing to put her money where her mouth is when it comes to spreading that message. That's why Langford, author of "Living with the Rescues - Life Lessons and Inspirations" ( -- a love letter to the pets she's had in her life -- is donating all the proceeds of her books sales to animal rescue charities. But she also knows that not everyone who wants to help these pets can find the time or money, so Langford offered the following "Rescue Tips" to people who want to help these loving, caring animals:

  • Volunteer -- Many people think that volunteering at a shelter is too time consuming, but the truth is that most shelters are happy to get any kind of help, even if it's an hour or two each week.

  • Foster -- Many shelters have foster programs in which a rescued animal is placed in a home temporarily until a suitable long-term home can be found. For those households that can't support a pet long-term, fostering one from a shelter can help alleviate overcrowding while also acclimating a rescued animal to a household setting until their new masters come along.

  • Sponsor -- If you can't house a pet because of your lease restrictions or allergies, but you hate to see these rescued animals suffer, you can always sponsor a pet. Many shelters will allow you to help pay for the regular costs of feeding and caring for a pet.

  • Supply -- If, like many Americans, you don't have the budget that allows you to foster or sponsor, then maybe you can help with supplies. Call your local shelter and ask them what supplies they need regularly, or might be short on -- food, collars, brushes, shampoo, treats -- and then you can donate what you can when you can.

About Sharon Langford

Sharon Langford is an entrepreneur, management consultant, college instructor, and coach with multiple degrees, including an MBA. She has also been involved with the Elephant Sanctuary since its inception, as well as being a volunteer for the Nashville Humane Association.

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