This is something we are all glad about. In the spirit of Adopt A Shelter Dog’, we encourage all those who love animals to kick start the adoption process at their local animal shelters. It’s something useful to do.
Besides becoming a pet parent, you will also be helping rescue an animal. You will get a new dog, and you will help the shelter create space for another dog. But in some cases, you may not be in a position to adopt. People are unable to adopt due to several reasons, and it’s suitable for those who know it. For anyone willing to help, they have many options.
We had a chat with the CEO and founder of Grounds & Hounds, a company that brings together organizations that supports dog rescue activities through donations. The organizations give 20% of their profits to dog rescue initiatives. Jordan took some time to explain ways in which one can help pet shelters.
Maybe you would like to adopt, but you are a regular traveler and have no time to care for the dog. For such people, they could consider temporary care. There is hardly space in most of the animal shelters. You can offer to take an animal for a short time.
Typically, most animals will find a foster parent in less than three weeks, and if you can keep the animal in your home until a foster parent is found, you will have helped the pet shelter. Fostering helps shelters understand the needs of different dogs.
1) Foster parents give feedback to shelters about the needs of their pets:
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We’ve been telling our new pittie boy about all of the super amazing + wonderful people all over the world (literally – we’ve had donations come in from Australia 😳) that are loving on him, supporting him, keeping him in their thoughts + prayers, sending good vibes, and cheering him on as he begins to heal from his previous life…and he wanted to personally say thank you to everyone (but ya know, he speaks pupperoo so we had him write it out instead). Our Chance (yes he officially has a name!) wants to thank you all SO MUCH for helping him get his second chance. 💕💕
You could, for example, have found your dog likes children but is aggressive towards other dogs. These details are essential because they help shelters find the right family for specific dogs.
2) Voluntary service at a shelter:
Shelters need workers to help with all the daily tasks. The animals in these shelters need people to walk and feed them. There is a lot of cleaning in shelters, and all these tasks need to be done.
If you are willing to help, go to a shelter and tell them you want to volunteer, and they will give you work.
Local animal shelters can also give you some work. Call to enquire if they need help. They may not have work for you but could direct you to another shelter that needs your service.
3) Donating some money every week or every month:
Your donations can also be in the form of items. These include linens, towels, baby wipes, food, and toys, among others.
Continue to page 2 to see points 4,5 and 6.