Whether you are a pet owner or pet lover, I am sure it touches your heart when you see a neglected dog, a stray cat, or read about all the pets in the shelters.
While many of us wish we could just adopt all of them (I know I do!), it’s unfortunately an impossibility. However, there are many other ways to help. Here are some ideas:
First and foremost, teach and encourage people around you that they should always adopt from a shelter where they can also find pure breeds and puppies. There are some pet rescue groups that rescue specific breeds. A simple internet search can help people find these types of shelters if they are looking for a specific breed. Some even ship the pet to you from another state.
Most No Kill rescue groups don’t have a brick and mortar facility. Instead, they have volunteers who foster dogs and cats until they find a forever home, and they desperately need more foster homes. You get paid for the food and vet visits, so there’s cost for you. You only give love and attention.
Volunteers are also needed for brick and mortar shelters to walk the dogs, feed them, clean kennels, play with the cats, train dogs and socialize them.
Volunteers with computer skills are also needed. Tasks might include updating a website, accounting, photographing the new pets, etc.
Take part in adoption days. These are usually done once a week at a Petco store, vet clinic, etc.
Just walk in or call a shelter near you and ask how you can help. No volunteer will ever be turned down.
You may volunteer with pet rescue groups on a regular basis or just when you have time. Remember the dogs and cats who need you.
Find out more information about Animal Shelters & Rescues.