National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is a great time to show support for our local shelters and rescue groups. As we enter the time of year that we give thanks to all that we have, our family and friends, lets also give thanks to our local shelters and rescue group for helping animals in need. Remember that shelters need help all year long but now is a great time to start.
Here are some ways you can show your local shelter or rescue that you care:
Volunteers are always needed at shelters to help keep the place clean and to take care of the animals. Many shelters have programs to help socialize the dogs by having volunteers take them for walks and spend time with them outside of the shelter. Check with your local shelter to see if there are age restrictions before going with your kids.
Shelters and Rescues are always in need of supplies and funding. Donation can be in the form of money or you can donate food, toys, blankets and cleaning supplies. Check with the shelter to see what they need the most.
3. Spread the word
If you have an adopted pet already, consider spreading the word about how wonderful adopting a pet can be. Many people are afraid of the unknown. It is helpful to have people share their adoption stories so other people have an idea of what to expect. Be honest. If you have had challenges let people know about them and how you overcame them.
Not everyone is in a place to adopt. Getting a pet is a long term commitment that you need to be ready for. If you would like to bring a pet into your life but you are not sure if you are ready for the long term commitment consider a short term foster. You will be making space for another animal that needs to be saved and you will get the feel of what life would be like to have a pet.
If you are ready to adopt go ahead and do it. Just make sure you are truly ready to make the commitment. Pets live a long time. They take time and resources to care for them. Make sure you have both before you adopt.
Let’s celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week by paying it forward. You can make a difference in the lives of animals living in shelters and rescue groups today.