Animal shelters need help year round. Whether it’s with adoptions, volunteering or donations, it’s always a good time to assist rescues. August 20, 2017 is National Homeless Animal Day, so let’s discuss some ways that you can be a big help to the homeless animals in your area and around the world.
National Homeless Animal Day
One of the best ways to help animal rescues is by donating. Typically shelters have a wishlist set up so you can donate specific items. Many of those shelters need items like food (wet and dry, for dog and cats), blankets, towels, paper towels, kitten formula and litter. If there’s a rescue you want to help out which is outside your local area, consider donating money via that particular rescue’s website. The homeless animals at shelters will be grateful that they could live one more day because of your help.
Remember that you don’t need to buy brand new blankets or towels. Clean out your house and donate anything that you don’t use! You can also make homemade blankets to donate, which is one of my favorite activities. Check out this super simple, no-sew DIY blanket project!
Volunteers are always appreciated to help with the large amount of homeless animals who are in need everyday. Interested in volunteering with animals in your area? Find out which rescues are in dire need of help by simply calling around. Your helping hand will mean the world to the other workers and animals at the shelter.
Adopt, don’t shop! Looking to add a new member to your family? The very best way to help homeless animals is to adopt one!
Can’t adopt? Look into local rescues in your area that need fosters. Fostering saves lives!
Every now and then you may come across a homeless dog or cat. Maybe you can’t get them immediate help or take them in your car. Carry some spare dog/cat food and water in your car so you can give it to homeless animals if you happen to see them.
Spread the Word
One of the most effective ways to help homeless animal is to spread the word. Social media can be very beneficial for animal rights and saving animals’ lives. If you see animals in need, share the post. If you know of a rescue that needs help, share their page. It’s super easy to click the “share” or “retweet” button on Facebook or Twitter. Even if you aren’t on social media, educate those around you by telling them which local shelters could use volunteers or donations.
Shop at PetSmart
Right now at PetSmart if you buy a bag of dog or cat food, PetSmart donates a meal to homeless animals with the Buy A Bag, Give A Meal™ campaign! I know you probably didn’t need another great reason to shop there, but now you have one! I do all of my shopping at PetSmart so I’ve helped donate a lot of meals this year.
For National Homeless Animal Day, what are you doing to help animals in need?