Ways to help animal shelters
Do you love dogs and wish you could adopt them all and save them from being stuck in the animal shelter and at risk of being euthanized. Since that’s not practical let’s talk about some other ways you can help all those adorable dogs out there.
The easiest way to help out your local animal shelter would be to donate money. But that’s not always an option for everyone. You could always volunteer your time, but you may not have a lot of time to spare either Don’t worry there are many other ways you can help out.
Where to start
Call or go to your local shelter and ask them what they need. They might need money or they may have enough money in donations coming in. They may be short-handed and not have enough people to properly take care of the animals.
What are your skills
- Lawyers: Shelters need help with legal matters such as copyright in their advertising, legal forms, contracts, and more.
- Accountants: Shelters have money coming in from donations, adoption fees, and grants. And money going out for the care of the animals. You could help them get their finances organized, keep up on paperwork or do some bookkeeping. You can help them make sure they are spending their money wisely and efficiently.
- Crafter: You can make toys and beds for the dogs out of old clothes or items you have laying around the house. If you need inspiration, do a quick search and you will have lots of ideas to choose from.
- Carpenter: You can help with renovations and improvements or repairs around the shelter that need to be done.
- Dog Trainer: You can help get those dogs adopted by training them. You can teach them basic skills like sit, stay, and lie down. If your not a dog training expert you could take a dog or two to an obedience training class.
- Photographer: Do you know how to capture an amazing picture of dogs, showing off their unique personalities and all their loveable cuteness? If you can get some great pictures on the shelter’s website, you will be helping those dogs and their adopters find each other.
- Social Media expert: If you know how to create awesome posts and updates you could help the shelter a lot by posting dog profiles letting people know what dogs are ready to be adopted, updates about the shelter, and success stories. Don’t we all love a good dog adoption story?
- Writer: Shelters need a lot of writing done. They need newsletters, ads, adoption profiles created, and grant applications wrote. Your great writing skills can help the shelter in countless ways.
- Website designer: You can create an awesome website that features the dogs up for adoption. If they already have a good website you can help maintain it. They may need help updating their site with information on upcoming events or blogs.
Get the word out
- Fliers: Put fliers up around your community announcing events, dog profiles, or other marketing information.
- Social Media: This is perfect for you if you don’t have a lot of time in your schedule. All you need to do is share the profiles of dogs ready to be adopted. It’s free advertising for the shelter. You could be the matchmaker for someone and their perfect dog.
- Transportation: Dogs need to go to the vet. It’s hard for the shelter workers to take the time and energy in arranging and transporting dogs to their appointments. You would free the workers up to get more work done at the shelter and get some needed care for the dogs.
- Walk dogs: If you have an hour to spare you could stop by and take a couple of dogs for a walk. Or even play some fetch outside. You will help the dogs stay healthy and happy with exercise and socializing.
- Buy extras: Find out what your shelter needs most. It may be food, bedding, toys, cleaning supplies, or crates. This one is easy and doesn’t cost much. Just grab an extra bag of food or a little toy next time your shopping for your dog and when you get a few things together stop by and drop them off at your local shelter.
- Check online: Another way to get items to donate would be Facebook yard sale pages, eBay, and Craigslist.
- Check locally: Your local hotels may have items they cant use like bedding or towels or they may be willing to donate some cleaning supplies. Your local office supply stores may be willing to donate printer paper and ink or other office supplies. All you need to do is ask!
Turn a party or gathering you are already having into a fundraiser for your local shelter.
- Birthdays: Set up a gofundme.com account to raise money during the month your birthday is in. You can share it on Facebook to let people know you would like them to donate to your shelter. Or, you could ask people to bring gifts that you can give to your shelter.
- Parties: Any party can be a chance to raise money. Set up a jar for people to put some cash in at the drink or snack table.
- Yard Sale: Having a yard sale? Either let people know that your yard sale is a fundraiser for the local animal shelter and all proceeds will go there. Or you can simply put a jar out asking for donations.
- Work: Do a bake sale, raffle, or simply put a jar out on your desk and ask for donations. You could send out an email letting your co-workers know that you are collecting money for your animal shelter.
Say thank you
There are many ways to help your local shelter but the easiest is to say ”thank you” to the workers. They work hard and are usually under-paid. You will give them a boost that may help keep them going. It can be as simple as sending them a thank you card or you could buy them all lunch one day.
Become a foster fur-parent
Fostering a dog from an animal shelter will help free up space for new dogs coming in. This may not be easy but it can help the shelter tremendously. Some shelters even pay for food and vet bills, so you don’t have to worry about too many expenses. You can give the dog a temporary place where they can receive love, training, and food, all things they need to be happy while they are waiting for their forever home.