Well it’s that time of the year again. Time to look back at what’s happened over the past year and make resolutions to change our habits or attitudes in the new year. While you’re making your diet and exercise promises to yourself, how about adding a promise to homeless pets? There are many ways to help them even if you have little extra time, money or space in your home.
Here are some ways to help the animals in need this coming year,
- Volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue group. There is a large variety of tasks that need to be done and not all are directly animal related. Of course, there’s always cage cleaning, dog walking and kitty playtime that needs to happen. But they also need people to do laundry, take pictures of adoptable animals, answer phones, help with adoptions and help out at adoption events. If you have a specific desire or skill, they can probably use your help.
- Use a site like Goodsearch when looking for info on the web and your designated charity will earn money each time you use it. Goodshop and Igive also donate to your charity when you purchase items from online shops like Ebay, Petco, Petsmart and 1-800-petmeds. Install the Goodsearch toolbar and it will alert you every time you go to a site that will earn money for your charity.
- Foster an animal that needs a little help before being adopted. Usually these are animals that are too young to be adopted, need a little extra TLC or are recovering from medical issues. This type of fostering is usually done for a short limited time and the group you’re fostering for will pay for the medical care and often the food.
- Collect pet coupons from the paper and use them when stores are having sales. Even if you don’t have pets of your own, you can buy the items and donate them to a shelter. Canned food for both cats and dogs is a staple that they seem to run low on rather quickly.
- Gather up your old towel and blankets and donate them to a shelter. We have six dogs of our own and usually several fosters. I’m amazed at how much dog laundry I do and how much bedding you really need for that many dogs. Imagine how much bedding the shelters go through in order to keep every animal dry, clean and comfortable.
- Buy pet toys and donate them. It must be really boring to be in a cage and look at the same four walls all the time. Toys are a great distraction to the animals but often are low on the priority list.
- Become a fan of local rescue groups and shelters on sites like Facebook. Make it a point to attend their fundraising events and have a good time while helping homeless animals.
There are so many ways to help homeless animals. These were just some ideas to get you started. Contact your local shelter or rescue group to see what you can do to help. The more people helping, the more animals can get adopted and the more animals that can be saved. This is a great way to involve your whole family or group in a fun activity that helps pets in need. Happy New Year!