Frequently, I hear people lament that they would love to help with homeless pets but cannot (for whatever reason) adopt another animal.
Here are ways that one can get involved:
1. Foster. Often, dogs and cats already have a rescue organization who is willing to take them, but they need somewhere to stay for a few days or weeks until transportation to their ultimate destination can be arranged. Can you open your home to a shelter animal needing short term care? This will save that dog’s life and the one of the dog in the shelter who will take his place.
2. Transport animals to their new homes/rescue groups. Often, you do a “leg” so you would, for instance, transport from Charleston to Beckley and someone else would take the dog from Beckley to Virginia.
3. Donate time. Bathe, walk and love on shelter cats and dogs. Rescue groups need volunteers for incidental things like stuffing envelopes, making phone calls and other tasks that already taxed rescue groups could use some help doing. The “little things” really do add up.
4. Donate skills. Are you an accountant? You could help a rescue organization obtain their non-profit status. Are you a groomer? You could shave down a dog covered in mats and make him more adoptable. A budding photographer? Practice your skills taking wiggly pet pictures of adoptable animals at the local shelter.
5. Take up donations at the workplace. Shelters are inundated with donated goods during the Christmas holiday. Hold a “Christmas in July” donation drive at your workplace to provide necessary items for a shelter or rescue group: food, litter, grooming tools and shampoos are always needed.
6. Educate young children (your own and your neighbors’) about responsible pet ownership and spaying and neutering. The best way to lead is by example. If there are no homeless pets, the problem is solved.
7. Donate money. Money is needed for vetting, food, transportation, and foster care.
How else can we help? What ideas do you guys have?