6 Easy Ways to Help Shelter Dogs and Cats

According to the ASPCA, 7.6 million companion animals enter the shelter system in the U.S. yearly. Approximately 3.9 million of those are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Each year, 1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats are euthanized.

Years ago, when I was between dogs, I volunteered at the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA. I loved walking the dogs and playing with the cats.  Later on, after I adopted a dog, I worked in the education program, taking my Golden Retriever to schools and educating children on the benefits of neutering and spaying. While my schedule no longer allows for weekly volunteer assignments, it’s important to remember that there are other ways of helping shelter animals, with very little time and effort.

1. Shop on the Animal Rescue Site

Whether you are shopping for clothing for you or pet supplies for your cat, consider shopping on  The Animal Rescue Site. Every purchase helps fund food and care for rescue animals. Each item you buy funds the purchase of at least 14 bowls of food for shelter animals in need.

2. Share your rescue story

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and Purina Cat Chow is subsidizing cat adoption fees of $30 per cat for every cat rescue story, picture or video shared online using the #MyRescueStory hashtag. They anticipate donating $75,000 to one of its 50 shelter partners. In addition, Purina Cat Chow will conduct a $25,000 shelter makerover at the SPCA of Wake County in Raleigh, N.C., to help improve the environment for cats awaiting adoption. This, in turns, increases their chance of finding their forever home.

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3. Get crafty

Got fleece? Simple cut long strips of fleece, braid them together, and you’ve got an inexpensive dog toy that a shelter pet might adore. Or “Adopt Me” bandanas for adoptable animals to wear while they’re out at events.

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4. Use your talents

Like photography or writing? Creating high quality, unique photos that capture a pet’s true personality helps increase his chance for adoption. Same is true for well written, creative copy describing a shelter pet’s personality. Your words just make all the difference on whether Fido and Fluffy find their forever home.
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5. Scan Freecycle

Often times, Freecyle, Craig’s List and eBay have free to inexpensive resources just waiting to make a shelter pet happy. Collect them and bring to your local shelter. You’ll be paid with wagging tails and the sweet sound of purrs.

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6. Say thank you

Mother Nature Network had one of the simplest suggestions for helping shelter pets. Simply say thank you to a shelter worker and volunteer, or send them a hand-written thank you card. You’ll put a smile on their face and all the positive energy will get transferred down the other end of the leash to the shelter pets.

Do you have additional ways that you help shelter pets? Thanks for sharing your stories in a comment below.

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Cindy S
Cindy Smith8 months ago

thanks!!!!!!!!

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Past Member
Past Member 8 months ago

Thanks.

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Michael Friedmann
Michael Friedmann8 months ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

thanks

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Ralph F.
Ralph F3 years ago

Good ideas. Shelter workers certainly are unsung heroes.

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Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa3 years ago

Thank you

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Caroline d3 years ago

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