Floods. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. This has been a year filled with natural disasters. Millions of people and pets have been left without shelter and in need. It has warmed my heart to see the efforts people have made to help others. But many animal shelters around the country are underfunded, understaffed, and depend on donations to keep their rescue efforts afloat. If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference in the lives of pets in your area, here are 4 ways to help your animal shelter.
This is a parterned post with Tidy Cats Lightweight. All opinions are my own.
How To Help Your Local Animal Shelter
1. Volunteer- Even if you can’t keep a pet at home, this is a great way to get your pet fix! Many shelters need people to socialize the animals; taking them for walks or play with them. Who doesn’t like to cuddle and snuggle with puppies and kittens? Some shelters need Reading Volunteers to help calm abused or neglected animals or Adoption Counselors to help oversee meetings between animals and prospective adoptive families. If you’re not able to work with animals, shelters can still use your services! Many of them need help maintaining their websites or social media pages. Or, if they don’t have social media, someone who is tech-savvy enough to start social media accounts for them.
2. Foster. Many shelters are overflowing with animals and need people to provide homes for the animals until they can be adopted. Some shelters only require a commitment of a few weeks while the cat is recovering from being spayed or neutered. Others ask for a longer time commitment. Because many shelters have small budgets you might be asked to provide the food, litter, and other basic supplies for the cats. Be sure to write down all your questions and concerns to ask before you foster. Also, remember you will get attached to the animals. It is hard to let them go!
3. Take Pictures. Many shelters have seen an increase in their adoption rates when they begin to make flattering pictures of their pets. If you have photographic skills, offer to take pictures of the animals for the shelter website. Tip: Don’t take the sad-eyed picture of the dog in the cage looking through the bars of the cage! Try to take them outside and take pictures in the sunlight, find a comfy spot indoors, or use a neutral white background.
4. Donate. Sure, animals shelters need funds, but they need other items as well. Many shelters ask for items you might not have considered; old newspapers, towels, blankets, baby blankets for kittens, bleach, dish soap, garbages, paper towels, and office supplies. Of course, there is always a need for cat and dog food and cat litter. You’ve probably heard how much I enjoy the new Tidy Cats with Ammonia Blocker and all their other formulas too! It weighs 50% less than traditional litter, which makes it easy for me to carry to our different litter boxes, and it smells fresh. Plus, the clumping makes for easy cleanup. But I also love their philanthropic endeavors too. Thanks to Tidy Cats, our local Walker County Animal Shelter will be receiving two pallets of Tidy Cats Lightweight just in time for the holidays! This is the animal shelter where we adopted Daisy, Mitzie, and Trix the cats and Rio the dog. My daughter also adopted her cats Zeeba and Monster there, along with her dog, Minnie.
Do you volunteer at your local animal shelter? How have you found ways to help shelter animals in your area? Have you tried the new Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter? Which is your favorite formula?