- Donate old blankets, towels, pet beds, and toys to your local animal shelter or humane society. In some instances, you can even get a tax deduction for this.
- Donate cleaning supplies, paper towels, and pet food to your shelter.
- Have a little extra cash? Make a small monetary donation. Every single dollar is needed and appreciated by local shelters and rescues.
- Have a couple of extra hours a week? Shelters need volunteers for all sorts of jobs including animal care, walking dogs, petting cats, cleaning, laundry, doing dishes, answering phones, and many odd jobs that I’m sure you can do.
- Every day, donate your social media space to at least one shelter animal by posting their photos and stories for all to see. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are all great places to promote shelter pets. By doing this, you can help animals all over the country! When you network shelter pets, it catches like wild fire and before you know it, a potential adopter has seen an animal they’d love to take home.
- One of the most important things you can do to help shelter animals is to spay and neuter your pets! When there are already more animals than there are homes, you can make a difference by not contributing to the problem.
- Don’t support pet shops and private breeders. It’s foolish to spend hundreds of dollars on “pure bred” animals from puppy and kitten mills when shelters are full of animals that will make excellent pets. Did you know there are many pure bred animals waiting in shelters right now?
We’ve all seen that Sarah McLachlan commercial for the ASPCA. And if you’re anything like I used to be, I’ll bet you change the channel when it comes on, don’t you? It’s just so painful to watch.
But here’s the thing. Someone has to make a difference. Someone has to step up and be an advocate for these sweet animals. Someone has to initiate the change.
Why not YOU? Why not ME?
No one’s asking you to give hundreds of dollars to your local shelter. No one’s asking you to volunteer all day, every day, every weekend. No one’s asking you to adopt or foster every homeless pet.
No one can do it all. But we all can do something.
What will YOU do today to make a difference in the life of a homeless pet? Here’s just a short list of ideas:
I used to turn the channel when that Sarah McLachlan commercial came on because even though it broke my heart to see the sad eyes of those sweet animals, I didn’t know what to do to help. But the truth is, everyone can do something. We can’t wait for someone else to do it.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, Be the change you want to see in the world. Don’t expect someone else to do the work. If you care about saving shelter animals, it’s up to YOU.
What will you do today to make a difference? You can start by visiting our Facebook to find out how YOU can save a life!