How to Support

This is where I will write about how I intend to structure my animal rescue projects and how you can support them. There are a great many ways to support a project these days, and a great many platforms to use.

Here’s what we have so far.

Straight to PayPal:

Teespring Merch Store:

Official YouTube Channel: Please head over and subscribe so that I can set a friendly address instead of ^this^ monstrosity. Meanwhile, next up is puppies!

Before that, I want to outline my general rules. The first is to take support from individuals and for-profit companies, and to avoid taking support from non-profits. I would much rather have non-profit funds go directly to the animals. The second is to provide useful information to viewers of my work. I can show you sad critters in need of help all day, but I would rather show you how to actually help, both the animals in question and yourselves. Useful information. The third rule is to let you know where the money is going and how it’s being used in detail.

A real-life example is this: One of my fiction fans, Rosemary, contributed a thousand dollars to my first GoFundMe two years ago. It went to a stabilized camera that could shoot smooth footage at 4k resolution. Jennifer and Kelly added enough support to make sure that I could shoot all day with that camera with enough storage to hold all that footage both in the field and on my editing system. The camera in question is a piecemeal, finicky beast, and my cousin donated enough to make sure I could hold all the parts together without tripping all over myself. My wife and I have sacrificed to fill in a lot of the blanks. My nephew is starting a company, and his payment for my work to help him went directly into another camera that helps me shoot good dog footage and some software to turn the footage into something good. As you can see, it’s a piecemeal, shoestring development.

What am I missing at this point? A good interview rig that doesn’t depend on good weather in the Pacific Northwest, which is an oxymoron for most of the year. A camera that is both weather sealed and capable of low light footage and footage of higher technical quality so that I can meet the standards I need to meet. Audio that is both high quality and backed up as I shoot the interviews of experts in the field. A lighting kit that allows me shoot both interview and dog footage in sub-par lighting conditions. And finally, storage is never ending. There are two kinds. The online storage for active projects needs to be as high performance as possible, and the offline storage needs to be big and as reliable as possible.

There are a lot of potential methods for supporting this project. I can rely on YouTube monetization over time, I can use crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe or IndieGoGo, and I can seek direct sponsorship from for-profit companies that benefit from the project. There are great many companies that make great resources for our animals that could use the exposure of a large audience. The final answer is probably some version of “all of the above.”

I’m not setting out to build a nonprofit, which means I can never say that your support is tax deductible. I’m trying to build a for-profit that helps non-profit, animal-supporting groups. My sincere desire is to increase the odds that an animal will be adopted into a permanent home, and that I can donate to nonprofits with the best of intentions, organizations that can benefit from a donation back from my for-profit.

If you want to support an experienced couple of animal advocates who are trying to move into a larger effort for animal support, you are welcome to use the links above.

I will be adding more ways to support very soon, and every bit of it will go to telling the story of animals who need their own support to find a permanent, forever home. As I have said, the benefit goes both ways, to the animal and the family who gets to love it.

As the home for many lost animals, I can say without reservation that it is worth the effort.