Do you love animals? Do you want to help your local animal shelter in some way, but you’re not sure how? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are MANY ways you can help your local animal shelter and you don’t even have to break the bank to help!
Volunteer Your TimeYou don’t need to be rich to be able to give back to your local animal shelter. Donate any spare time you may have by becoming a volunteer! Animal shelters always need more hands on deck to help care for the animals there. You could be tasked with doing a variety of things including caring for the animals, cleaning cages or litter boxes, doing paperwork, showing animals at adoption events and much more. Your reward for volunteering your time would be the satisfaction of knowing these animals are being taken care of, loved and they’re being given a helping hand to find their new forever home. You can’t ask for more than that when you volunteer!
Share on Social MediaIf you don’t have the time to commit to volunteering in-person at your local animal shelter, you can also share its website or its social media pages on your social media profiles. You can share individual animals that need homes, information about adoption events or even just information about the shelter itself. You reach a larger audience when you share something online, which is great for the shelter. Your post could reach someone that’s also looking to help a shelter, someone who’s looking to adopt an animal or even someone who has supplies to donate. The possibilities are seemingly endless! All it takes is a few seconds of your time to make a potentially substantial impact.
Raise Money for the ShelterIf you’re unable to donate either consistent time or money to your local animal shelter, you could create a fundraiser and raise money for the shelter. The fundraiser or event doesn’t have to be extravagant. It literally could be as simple as a lemonade stand or creating a Go Fund Me page, depending on how hands-on or tech-savvy you are! If you have a Facebook page, you could ask your “friends” to donate to the shelter on your birthday in lieu of being wished a happy birthday as well. Additional hands-on examples of simple fundraisers are hosting a car wash, having a garage sale or even holding a bake sale.
Donate Supplies to the ShelterAnimal shelters are constantly in need of a wide variety of supplies. Any little bit you could possibly donate will help. Some daily supplies your local animal shelter needs include:
- dog and cat food
- food and water bowls
- cat litter
- litter pans and boxes
- carriers, crates and baby gates
- leashes and collars
- chlorine bleach, laundry detergent and other animal-safe cleaning supplies
- hand sanitizer
- sheets, blankets, pillows and pet beds
- pet toys
- office supplies