How to Best Support Your Local Pet Charity
You may be an everyday person with an everyday pet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help the animals around you in a significant way.
One way you can show the kindness you have in your heart toward every furry dog and every cuddly cat is by supporting your local pet charity. You can help your local pet charity in both small and large ways…and either way, it makes a difference.
No matter your involvement interest, knowing where to start can be daunting. Fret not, dear reader!
We’re giving you a list of 5 ways you can lend your support toward a society devoted to helping animals. While this list probably doesn’t cover everything, it will get you started in the right direction!
When you give a pet charity your time, you have essentially given them something more precious than money. Dedicated, loyal volunteers cannot be bought, and the free assistance offered by volunteers is vitally important to nonprofits of all kinds.
For instance, the Canine Companions for Independence welcomes you to help raise puppies that will one day help the disabled. Don’t be afraid to support your local pet charities by asking how they need help. You may be surprised at the responsibilities you’re given!
Did you find yourself buying the cutest dog bed over the weekend? You knew you didn’t need it, but you know how Queenie feels about where she lays her weary head.
Instead of ditching your old (or not so old) dog bed, donate it to your local shelter. You can do the same with those used toys, too-small collars, and uneaten bags of dog food.
But perhaps you’re busy running a business and tackling the latest work project. If you can’t volunteer your time, your local pet charity would probably be more than happy to accept your financial assistance.
And you may be surprised at the level of involvement you can still have by donating your money. For instance, the PAWS Humane Society gives you the option of allocating which fund you want to contribute your dollars to.
Another way you can leverage the power of people to create change is to tell others about your desire to help pets and people! Here are a few ways you can spread the word about your favorite pet charity:
- Talk about your charity on your Facebook page.
- Promote your local shelter on Twitter.
- Talk about it on your blog.
- Email your friends about the latest fundraising.
Get the word out!
And maybe while you’ve been getting the word out, you’ve connected with some really great dog and cat lovers! One thing that local shelters can always use is loving homes for their cats and dogs.
According to the American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, each year sees 7.6 million companion animals begin life in a shelter.
See if you can put the animals at your local shelter into the safe homes of your pet-loving friends. (And if you want to adopt yourself, check out our blog post on ending pet abandonment.)
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