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Deb Collins

Deb is a New Zealander, aka Kiwi, who lives in Maine with her husband, Mike, and her happy-go-wiggly Labrador Retriever, Ted. In 2011, Deb launched her own online business. HappyME, to celebrate happy Maine stuff and exploring Vacationland with your dog. Deb will be blogging about everything dog and sniffing out fun things to do with your wag. More at HappyMEstuff.com | On Facebook at www.facebook.com/HappyMEstuff | Follow on Twitter @happyMEstuff

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Posted: December 16, 2014

Wag it forward – lend a helping paw to furry friends in need this holiday season

Written by: Deb Collins

As you get ready for your holiday celebrations with your dearly fur-loved, take some time to consider our less fortunate four-paw friends who are still looking for love. There are so many ways you can help make a difference – adopt, donate, foster, volunteer, participate in holiday events or simply share the furry good woof. Here are eight animal loving organizations that work hard, 365 days a year, to rescue and find happy new fur-ever families for animals in need. Meet their furry ambassadors and see how you can wag it forward this holiday season. Our own fur-kids leave paw prints in our hearts forever, helping other four-paw friends find their happy homes is what being an animal lover is all about.

Put on your Santa hat and wag it forward this holiday season.

Put on your Santa hat and wag it forward this holiday season.

Almost Home Rescue of New England

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Harley (left) and Dixie (right) are two of many furry friends in need at Almost Home Rescue. Click this photo for more information on how you can help.

Almost Home Rescue: A canine rescue group dedicated to saving lives and finding homes “for stray, abandoned and surrendered dogs, most of which are in high kill shelters”. Their policy is to “rescue for life” – if any of their rescued dogs can’t stay with their new adoptive families they must be returned to Almost Home Rescue.  A volunteer run organization with no paid staff or board members. They rely on a network of volunteer foster homes and don’t have a physical shelter facility.

Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

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Clifford (left) and Pumpkin (right) are two of many furry friends in need at Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Click the photo for more information on how you can help.

Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland: A private non-profit adoption agency that was established in 1911 and is now located in Westbrook. Their original shelter on India Street was funded by Maine’s Governor Baxter, who believed that “humanity had an obligation to creatures of the animal kingdom”. Each animal in their shelter facilities care is “given the time it needs to find a home regardless of its age, color or medical condition until the time it is reunited with its family or adopted into a loving and responsible home”. Their motto “everyone deserves a happy home” is a guiding principal.

Animal Welfare Society

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Ozzy (left) and Dorito (right) are two of many furry friends in need at The Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk. Click this photo for more information on how you can help.

Animal Welfare Society: A non-profit charitable organization located in West Kennebunk that was originally founded in the 1960s. A humane shelter that serves 21 neighboring communities and focuses on “caring for companion animals temporarily in need of housing”. AWS  actively promotes “kindness, the elimination of cruelty to and neglect of all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets”.

Coastal Humane Society

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Daisy (left) and Roy (right) are two of many friends in need at Coastal Humane Society. Click this photo for more information on how you can help.

Coastal Humane Society: Located in Brunswick, a non-profit charitable organization, animal shelter, and companion animal adoption agency founded in 1950 by Bowdoin College Professor of English, Stanley Chase. Their mission is to “protect and save animals’ lives; to educate and advocate for their welfare; to provide exemplary shelter and veterinary care; to place adoptable companion animals in loving homes; and to enhance the bond between humans and animals.”

Lincoln County Animal Shelter

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Rockko (left) and Shakira (right) are two of many friends in need at The Lincoln Animal Shelter. Chick this photo for more information on how you can help.

Lincoln County Animal Shelter: Serving Lincoln County and the surrounding communities by providing “humane care, feeding and shelter (and new homes) for the strayed and abused animals” that come into their care. Assists in the transfer of injured wild creatures to appropriate shelters for care and subsequent release.

Lucky Pup Rescue

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Harvey (left) and BG (right) are just two of many furry friends in need at Lucky Pup Rescue. Click this photo for more information on how you can help.

Lucky Pup Rescue: Based in Southern Maine but without a physical shelter, this non-profit organization was established to help families to foster and adopt dogs in need. The organization works to find new homes for local dogs and dogs from overcrowded partner shelters and rescues from the south. “Our dogs are brought to safety and cared for as we find families that will foster a dog until their forever family is found”.

Underhound Railroad

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Reno (left) and Smidge (right) are just two of many furry friends in need at The Underhound Railroad. Click this photo for more information on how you can help.

Underhound Railroad: Formed in August 2009 with the mission of helping dogs on death row in Connecticut and all of New England through a network of foster families and volunteers. “Since then, our mission has expanded to helping dogs and all our fellow animals on this earth, any way we can, everywhere we can.”

The Pixel Fund

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Jewely (left) and Rocky 2 (right) are just two of many furry friends in need at The Pixel Fund. Click the photo for more information on how you can help.

The Pixel Fund: A non-profit organization based in southern Maine and run by volunteers but with no shelter facility. Their mission is to “save lives of shelter pets through education, advocacy, and rescue efforts and through participation in community activities”.

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