A lot of people do not realize how much help and support their local animal shelters really need. When in actuality there are many simple ways you can support them. Below is just a short list of the many things most shelters and rescues need.
1. Help them raise awareness.
You can help make a shelter or rescue well known by liking their social media pages, sharing their content and inviting your friends to do the same. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to grow awareness.
2. Say “Thank You”
Show your appreciation by simply saying, “Thank You.” Bring your local shelter cards, treats or even lunch to show them how thankful you are that they are a part of your community.
3. Donate Money
Rescues and shelters are typically non-profit establishments and need financial support from their community to give their residents the best care, treatment and attention they need while they are waiting to be adopted.
4. Donate Equipment
Shelters and rescues are always in need of simple items such as towels, toys for the pets, leashes, etc… Contact your local rescue and shelters to find out what they need.
5. Volunteer Your Time
At times shelters and rescues can be shorthanded on staff. Give them a helping hand and donate a weekend a month or even a couple hours a week. You’ll be surprised at how much love you get in return from those pets and employees by volunteering.
6. Do Your Part
Make sure your pets have the proper tags on their collars and that they are wearing them consistently. If they get lost or run out of the house it is easier for them to be returned to you and keeps them from taking up unnecessary room in the shelter.
7. Understand the Adoption Process
Understanding what it means to adopt a rescued pet and the process it will take to get them comfortable in your home will help keep them in your home and out of the shelter. Learn as much as you can from your local shelter before choosing a pet. That way you are prepared and can offer the best home to the pet that fits your life the best.