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How to Help Your Local Animal Shelter



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 Time

You 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 Media

If 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 Shelter

If 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 Shelter

Animal 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
  • newspaper
  • office supplies

Even if you have just one blanket, one food bowl or one bag of dog food to give, your local animal shelter will appreciate it as it’s one less thing it needs to budget for purchasing.

Foster Shelter Animals

You can always apply to foster animals in your home from your local animal shelter. Each animal you’re able to foster means there’s another space in the physical shelter for a different animal to be housed until it can find its forever home.

Obviously, this is one of the more expensive ways to help as you’ll have to pay for most, if not all, of the animal’s expenses while you’re caring for it.

That being said, fostering an animal from your local shelter will help it learn what love is. The animals will know what it feels like to have a warm bed to sleep in at night and to know what full food and water bowls are. Opening your home to foster animals is one of the best things you can do for your local animal shelter.

Adopt Shelter Animals

The biggest way you can help your local animal shelter is to adopt a shelter animal. This is a major commitment; once you agree to adopt a shelter pet, it’s important you love it and keep it safe for the rest of its life.

Once again, this is THE most expensive way to help your local shelter, so you need to be 100% sure that you can afford to adopt a pet.

But when you know adopting a shelter pet is something you want to do and can do, you’ll be so glad you did it. Your new pet will literally change your life for the better. Forever.

What are you waiting for? Go out there and help your local animal shelter today!

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