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Animal rescue operation announces push for volunteers, interns and grant writers to help continue mission of compassion to save animals in need. Sanctuary serves neglected population of animals.

November 3, 2012 (La Mesa) – The Helping Hands Animal Sanctuary of La Mesa announced on October 23 a unique holiday volunteer drive to help continue its mission of providing help to a neglected population of animals in need. The volunteer drive will seek individuals who are willing to assist with the rescue of dogs, cats, birds and other small animals in neighborhoods that may be overlooked by larger animal shelters.  The drive will begin immediately and continue through the end of the year.

“Due to the continued downturn in the economy we have received many calls from owners this year to take in animals who can no longer be cared for by their owners,” said Robyn Franklyn , Founder of Helping Hands Animal Sanctuary. “We rescue small animals, dogs, cats and others that would otherwise be given to a County shelter or picked up by Animal Control and possibly euthanized. Low adoption rates and overcrowding put all of these animals at risk. We are looking for help to continue our mission.”

The volunteer drive will end on January 1, 2013. Lay volunteers, veterinary professionals, student interns, grant writers and professional animal care experts are welcomed. In addition, donated supplies and financial support will be put to immediate and effective use. Major corporations such as Kong Pet Supplies, Inc. have already contributed valuable surplus supplies.

“We have already received great response from those who know of us and know our mission,” said Franklyn. “We are trying to expand our reach and get the word out that there is a place here for anyone who wants to show their compassion and love towards animals. Those creatures would be literally helpless without assistance. This volunteer drive is about kind and caring people who can help make a difference in the lives of rescued animals.”

Those who wish to volunteer or those who can provide contacts for assistance through corporations or grants can reach Helping Hands at 619-460-6679 or by email at

According to its press release, Helping Hands Animal Sanctuary is a unique rescue organization that takes in a wide variety of small animals. Dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs and rabbits are among the animals currently housed at Helping Hands Animal Sanctuary. The sanctuary provides food, shelter and companionship in clean, safe and uncrowded conditions. The organization has been in existence since 1985 and has saved hundreds of animals to date.

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