Animal lovers know that adoptions save lives. But what if you love animals and are allergic or simply cannot take anymore in at the moment? Here are 15 other ways you can help animals:
1. Post. Social media is a great way to spread the word about animal issues. Repost an article that you believe in (like this one!), share an invite for a pet-related event, or post photos of adoptable animals. You never know who may log in, see the call, and help.
2. Collect. Hold an item drive for your local shelter or just collect the items in your own household. Shelters are always in need and some of the items are things you may just throw away: Towels (pets don’t care if the towels looks a little worn), newspaper, and unopened pet food and toys. Even used cell phones are popular items because many nonprofit organizations participate in technology recycling programs that also act as fundraisers. Check with the shelter first to see exactly what is on their wish list.
3. Film. If you are a gifted photographer or videographer, you could volunteer at your local shelter to capture great images and video stories of animals. A pet may sit in a shelter for months (especially if they are a little older and get passed by for kittens/puppies), but once the public sees his/her personal story people may flock in to offer a loving forever home.
4. Speak Up. Public perceptions can be a huge problem for animals. Someone may hesitate to adopt a cat for fear of being labeled a “crazy cat person” or someone else may not adopt a Pit Bull because of a misconception. Speak up for animals without a voice and herald the benefits of adoption, breeds you love, and the human-animal bond. If you change someone’s mind, it may save a life.
5. Clean. From scrubbing kennels to collating documents to washing pooches…shelters can always use a helping hand. Know that every shelter is different though and some larger urban facilities may have hundreds of volunteers and require some form of a training procedure for volunteers in any role.
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