Animal shelters may become overcrowded, especially during kitten season. At those times, shelters can really use the assistance of the public to help them both financially and in other ways. If you would like to know how you can help animals who are living in animal shelters, here are a few suggestions.
One way of helping out a shelter is by donating money to the shelter. Some animal shelters and rescues allow you to donate money directly through their website. You can also mail checks to the shelter or go to the shelter in person to drop off a donation. The money may be used for food, veterinary services and other supplies.
Another way of helping is to call your local animal shelter and ask if they are in need of any supplies. If so, the shelter staff will most likely tell you what supplies are needed. You may have items around the house that you no longer use, such as old newspapers, bath towels, or unopened bags of pet food. You may be able to donate these items to the shelter.
If you do not have the money or any supplies to donate, you may want to visit the following animal rescue site at theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com. This website allows you to click on a purple banner that says “click here-it’s free!”. When you click on the banner, you will then be routed to another webpage that will thank you for your click. When you click on the banner, the animal rescue site will fund bowls of food for animals in need.
The animal rescue site at theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com also has another way for you to help out by making purchases on their website. Each item you buy will fund at least 14 bowls of food for animals in shelters. There are items on the website available for purchase, such as animal themed clothing, jewelry, and pet food and supplies for your own pets.
If you have an old car that you are looking to get rid of, you may want to visit the Humane Society’s website at www.humanesociety.org/donate. Here you may find out how to donate your old car to the Humane Society and how it may help out animals in need.
Another way of helping an animal shelter is by volunteering your time. You could go in person and volunteer your time by helping to clean animal cages, socialize animals, do clerical work or answer phones for the shelter. Volunteering your time can be very helpful to the shelter staff who may be overwhelmed.
You can volunteer for an animal shelter in your home by fostering animals. If you chose to foster an animal, you will bring the animal into your home and take care of it until it is old enough or ready to find a home. Then, you will find potential adopters for your foster animal. Fostering is a good way to get animals out of crowded shelters and into homes where they can receive more personal attention. Fostering may also lower an animal’s risk of catching an illness or infection from other animals in the shelter. By taking a shelter animal into your home as a foster, you will also free up space that can be used for other animals who are dropped off at the shelter.