You're tired of seeing news stories featuring pets being killed. You can't remember the last time you heard of a police officer being held responsible for a Puppycide. Maybe, like too many of our volunteers, you have lost a pet yourself. You want to make sure that the truth gets out.
You want to make a difference.
If any of these are true for you, you've come to the right place. We started the Puppycide Database Project (or chose to help out once we heard of it) because we felt the same way you do now. The Puppycide Database Project is in a position to make a difference to the way the world sees police violence toward animals not because of what we have done with computers, but because we have been fortunate enough to attract some of the most determined, talented and fearless people in animal and human rights activism.
The Puppycide Database Project doesn't make a difference. The Project can help YOU make a difference.
Here are a few things to know before you begin working with us that set us apart from many other volunteer or charitable organizations you may have encountered in the past.
1. First of all, The Puppycide Database Project does not accept donations from our volunteers or from anyone else. Part of what makes us special is that we try to find ways to accomplish our goals in ways that don't require large expenses. This provides us with a lot of advantages. We spend ALL of our time working on our mission of researching and publishing all things Puppycide. We don't have to waste any time on fundraising. Time is of the essence - every day animals are being killed. Its not enough for us to change how police treat our pets: we have to accomplish that goal as quickly as we can, so we can save as many lives as we can.
As an organization, keeping money out of it makes working together a lot easier as well. Because none of us are paid for our position within the Puppycide Database Project, we are all equal. No one gives or takes orders, and no one is "The Boss". That makes it easy to focus on our work without wasting time on internal politics and silliness.
2. We are working on dozens of different types of projects that we need your help with! You might think to youself that we are looking for a specific type of volunteer with a specific sort of skill-set; the word "Database" is in our name, so aren't we focused on working with people that are good with math or computers? While many of our projects depend on our more technical volunteers, what we really have a need for right now are people with any of the following skills:
Photography - Are you a camera buff, or familiar with PhotoShop? Then we could really use your help with our Faces Project !
Film - Do you like to make your own home movies? Ever uploaded your own clips to Youtube, or produced your own movie using a program like Camtasia? Do you know absolutely nothing about making movies, but want to learn how and get some experience for your CV? We are launching a new film section on our website that will be mirrored to video sharing sites all over the world and you could be a part of it!
Creative Writing - For the moment only a handful of people are signed up to write for this blog. If you have something to say related to The Puppycide Database Project, our mission or research - or if you would like to write about a related topic (like your own website or work, for example) then we would love to hear from you. Get our contact information from our contact page and send us an email today. This is your blog too!
Journalism - Most of our founding members are either journalists or work for a news agency in some capacity. If you are a colleague we are more than happy to share our information with you for a story you are working on. We would also love to have you as a partner of the Puppycide Database Project!
Students Quite a few of our volunteers are currently college students. We help our volunteers by sharing our experience in the industry, writing letters of recommendation and helping students apply for grants and scholarships. More than one of our volunteers is using the research they have done here at the Puppycide Project as a project for University or as part of a grant application. And for high school students - college admissions evaluators really like to hear about your community service work. The Puppycide Database Project is already part of more than one successful, well-rounded college application.
Research Last but not least, all of our volunteers will at some point help out with our research goals. If this sounds awful and dreary, don't worry! You don't need to get involved with the statistical analysis that goes into our research publications. Most of the research we do is honest-to-goodness detective work. We ask police the tough questions. We interview the families of victims. We find and collect important records. A single Puppycide record can be easily submitted to the database using our online form in just a few minutes!
3. Finally, its important to keep in mind that working with The Puppycide Database Project does not need to be a big, life-changing decision. It can be tough to find the time to volunteer for just about anything these days. And that is OK! The Puppycide Database Project is not a full time job.
For many members of our team, volunteering with the Project means submitting a few records using the Puppycide online form every now and again. But let's think for a minute what is accomplished in just the few minutes when that form is submitted.
When you complete and submit our online form, you are ensuring that event will be remembered. Many of the records we collect are stories that were never on TV, that never went "viral". For some of those stories, the only people who remember what happened are the families whose lives were torn apart by violence.
When you submit the form, you are ensuring that family is no longer alone. You are ensuring that we will remember what happened. We will bear witness, and we will always remember.
In the end that is all that we ask - that you help us remember. We welcome as much time and effort as you can give in helping us with our shared goal. Together we will make a difference.