Love Animals: Make a Difference Today
Did you know that eight million dogs and cats end up in shelters each year? If you are an animal lover, that number will break your heart. But there is something you can do. Listed below are a few things you can do to begin helping our furry friends today:
Adopt a New Best Friend
Of course, the best thing you can do for a shelter animal is to give him a good, loving home. If you are looking for a new pet, please consider choosing an animal from a shelter instead of buying one. Many animals for sale come from a home or facility that is unclean, crowded, and from people who care nothing about the animal; they only care about making money.
Offer to Volunteer
Shelters are always short-handed. Volunteer your time to help clean out cages, feed the animals, or just sit and play with them for a while. Cats are especially prone to stress in a shelter and need lots of attention and interaction with humans. So, if you are a cat lover, you are especially needed!
Animal shelters are always in need of blankets, food, leashes, towels, cleaning supplies, bowls, toys, and other miscellaneous items. Call your local shelter to find out their specific needs.To help on a bigger scale, organize a neighborhood drive. We can always accomplish more together.
Become a Foster Parent
Maybe you can’t give an animal a forever home, but do you have additional room to foster a dog or cat until a permanent home can be found? When you foster, you are not only helping that animal but also allowing more space at the shelter to house another animal. Also, some Humane Society chapters will either cover all or at least part of the vet bills while the animal is being fostered. If you are interested in being a foster parent, call the local chapter in your area for more information.
Are you good with a camera and computer? If so, offer to build online profiles of animals in your local shelter or the Humane Society to help get them adopted. Use your Facebook or Twitter account or any other social media outlet to advertise the pets to a good and loving home. Remind all your friends and family that some of the best and most intelligent pets come from shelters.
Donate Through Ads
Visit your local animal shelter’s website often and click on any advertisements posted there. The shelter profits through the ads after receiving so many designated clicks in a specified time. If you happen to make a purchase via the ad, the shelter will earn even more money.
While getting shelter pets into loving forever homes is the best solution for this growing problem, there are other ways to contribute until each animal is adopted. If you are already overrun with pets, do the next best thing and try some of these suggestions. Both you and the animals will be so glad you did!