Ways You Can Help Local Animal Shelters
There are many ways you can help local animal shelters, shelters and rescue need as much help as they can get. Here are some ways you can help.
- Donate – You can donate to local shelters such as food, toys, crates, beds, blankets, towels, newspapers, and cleaning supplies. Animal shelters always need these items since they are always getting new dogs in the shelter.
- Share adoptable dogs on social media– If you have a Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Tumblr. Sharing adoptable animals could lead to the right family seeing the perfect pooch or kitty to adopt. A small button to press but a big chance for an animal.
- Flyers – If you know that there is going to be an adoption event, you could ask the animal shelters if they have any flyers that they need passed out to pet stores, local restaurants, and local vet offices to get the word out.
- Walk the dogs – Most shelters are short-staffed, they have volunteers to help with the animals, but some shelters need the extra help. Volunteer some time to take some of the dogs out, they need their exercise and socialization.
- Look for free stuff– There are many Facebook groups that have yard sales or give away free items they don’t want anymore, see if you can find any blankets or items that could be useful at the animal shelter, try posting a message for people to donate. You can also check out Craigslist, eBay, and Freecycle.
- Socialize with the cats – Cats at the animal shelters also need some hands on play, if you like cats take an hour out of the week and play with the them.
- Transporting – Sometimes shelters have a hard time arranging vet appointments or getting some animals to rescues. So if you have a car and some time to spare you can help some animals out getting from point a to b.
- Call around – Call some local hotels, office supply stores, and even some vet offices to see if they have any blankets, towels, newspapers, printer paper, envelopes, ink, and other items that they can donate to a local shelter.
Creativity comes in handy if you are creative and love doing crafts and other forms of creativity help out your local shelter they need some creative minds like you.
- Creativity – Help animal shelters with your creativity, you can make handmade toys and bedding out of old t-shirts, jeans, or old towels and blankets. If your really creative you can create an adopt me bandana to wear at special events. Look on Pinterest, my favorite website for some awesome crafty ideas for dogs and cats.
- Create flyers and more – If you know how to make cool flyers, then offer your time to help create event flyers and even some of those YouTube videos we all love to watch.
If you have a special talent use it to help, for example:
- Dog trainers– Can do behavior evaluations for new dogs in the shelter, help determine their personality, social skills, triggers, and behavior problems that they need some training on.
- Lawyers– always need a lawyer to help with contracts and forms.
- Accountant – Help with the books. Can help with tracking donations, grants, fees, and help keep structure of money for care of the animals.
- Writers – Help out with adoption profiles, newsletters, ads for events, and fundraising. A writer can help with the animal shelters success.
- Designers – Most shelters have websites that they need updated about upcoming events, adoptions profiles, and help keep the website up to date with the times.
- Social Media Experts – Help to keep the public up to date with events and share content on the right channels, gain social media friends, and keep a schedule up to date.
- Photographer – Photographers can help take high quality pictures to help show off the dogs and cats personality and uniqueness.
Fostering an animal
Shelters can fill up very fast, fostering an animal can help make room for new animals at the shelter. Most shelters will pay for the food and vet bills of a foster animal, so it won’t take money from your own bank account. If your interested in fostering check out my recent post http://thepoochpowwow.com/why-to-foster-a-dog/ of how it helps to foster a dog.
The biggest thing you can do for your local shelter is volunteer some of your time. Offer the shelter your time, knowledge, and creativity. It will not only make a difference in the animal’s life but it will make a difference in your heart and soul as well.