5 Ways to Help Shelter Animals

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December 19, 2011
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This holiday season, why not give a little to the animals who are waiting for their forever home? Many of the animals in rescue organizations and shelters make great pets and are just waiting for someone to come and adopt them. Some were surrendered due to changes in their former homes, allergies, or sometimes financial problems.

If you want to bring a little cheer to their days, here’s how:

1: Volunteer some of your time. Many shelters need people who will spend about 8 to 10 hours a month socializing and exercising the animals. Cats need pets, brushing, and comfort. You could spend a few hours a week petting the cats, playing with them, and helping to find them a home. The dogs need people who will take them for walks, jogs, and get them out into the fresh air for a few minutes everyday. Some shelters also have rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals that also need some TLC.

2: Donate to your local shelter. If you have some gently used blankets that you no longer need, donate them to your shelter. Most places also take food that your pet may not like, toys, and stuffed animals. The stuffed animals can sometimes be pillows for a cat or dog.

3: When shopping for your pet this holiday season, why not pick up a bag of treats and donate them to your local rescue or shelter? If your children want to do some community service, help them collect pet supplies, treats, and food that you can then donate to your local humane society or shelter.

4: Foster a pet! If you have the space, the time, and are thinking of adding a new furry buddy to your house, fostering is a good way to see if you’re ready for another pet and also help that pet remember and learn what it is like to live in a house and not a kennel or cage. Many rescue organizations are always looking for foster homes.

5: Once the holidays are over, why not actually adopt a pet?! It would be a great way to ring in the new year. Pets aren’t often good as gifts and the decorations in the house can pose some additional dangers that you need to watch out for such as chewing on tinsel, eating people food that is harmful, and knocking over things. But once the holiday festivities have died down, why not add a new pet to your house and share the love?

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