Shelters do some amazing work by rescuing animals and helping them find loving homes. It’s even more impressive how they do it on limited budgets, resources, and publicity. Thanks to hours of hard work, countless animals have found a forever home.
It’s important to show your support for these organizations. It doesn’t matter if you’ve adopted from them or just love animals. A small act on your part can help make their job easier. There are plenty of options beyond giving money.
We have a few ideas to help you get started making a difference with a shelter near you.
The simplest way you can help a shelter is by volunteering your time. You could arrange a time to go and do whatever tasks they need doing. Or you could think about what skills you have and apply them. This could be bookkeeping, cooking, sewing, carpentry, electrical, or accounting.
Sometimes shelters just need people to play with the animals and help them socialize. It can get lonely in their cages, and socialization helps them get adopted.
Another option is to help the shelter at local events. Help the shelter establish a presence in the community by attending local events or hosting their own adoption drive.
Have you recently upgraded your pup’s supplies, and now you have double of everything? Why not donate the supplies you no longer use to the shelter? As long as they are in a good, safe condition, the shelter can use them with their dogs. This could be everything from collars and leashes to food and water bowls.
- Unopened food or treats
- Leashes, collars, and harnesses
- Durable toys
- Towels, blankets, sheets
- Cleaning supplies
- Office supplies
- Cages and carriers
There is also the option of donating money. Don’t feel like you have to donate a lot to make a difference. Every penny counts when it comes to running a shelter. The money you donate will go towards paying expenses like insurance, utilities, and maintenance. It’ll also help the shelter buy the supplies they need that don’t get donated.
Sometimes all it takes is a simple like, share or follow on social media. These platforms are a great way for shelters to get the word out about available animals. The problem is the platform’s algorithm needs to think that people want to see their content. By engaging with the shelter’s social media account, you're helping more people see them.
If you have experience with social media, why not put your skills to work for the shelter? Help the shelter create a strong social media presence with a large following. Social media success is all about consistency, and that’s hard to achieve if you’re focused on running a shelter. You volunteering to take on this task can relieve some stress and improve their profile’s performance.
Adopt or Foster
This is the most obvious way you can help a shelter. By adopting an animal, you are increasing the size of your family while creating an empty space for the shelter to help a new animal.
If you can’t permanently adopt, another great solution is to foster. This can help the shelter rescue more animals than what will fit in their shelter. It also helps them cut down on overhead by not having to pay for the upkeep on a larger facility.
Help Your Local Shelter
With all of these easy options, why not start supporting your local shelter today? You can choose how involved you want to be. Start with a like or share on social media. Then before you know it, you could be volunteering on the weekends or representing them at an adopt-a-thon.
Get started today by upgrading your pup’s leash and donating your old supplies today.