These days, there are pet shelters in virtually every single city. However, most people still don’t realize how important those shelters actually are for our society. Not only do they contribute to things by caring for stray animals that would have no chance of surviving, they also take care of pets that have been abandoned by their owners and offer them a second chance at having a good life. However, that takes a lot of work and pet shelters often struggle with their resources. In this article, I am going to examine some of the ways in which one can help the cause these institutions are fighting for.
First of all, there is the obvious option of donating money to the pet shelters in need – and there certainly are plenty of them. The good thing is that it doesn’t require any commitment at all from your side – and every bit of your donation, no matter how big or small, will go to where it is needed the most. The downside is that you probably aren’t going to feel like a true part of the pet community, but whether that is something that would bother you is up for you to decide.
Secondly, you could also consider doing some voluntary work for your local pet shelter. There is usually plenty of work that you could do, so you should be able to find something that is both interesting and helpful. Administrative tasks are just the beginning – many pet shelters will be more than happy to allow you to participate in their fund-raising projects, basic maintenance work, and even practical animal care. And practical animal care doesn’t have to be only about dog walking, although that naturally is what most pet shelters need the most. All kinds of skills are needed and appreciated, so it should be a worthwhile and enjoyable experience for you as well.
Finally, you can also consider adopting an animal from any given shelter. That, quite obviously, would be the biggest help possible – however, this choice also comes with plenty of responsibility towards both the shelter and the animal you decide to adopt. It really is a true commitment to the cause, so you should definitely think things through before going with it. If long-term adoption is not really an option for you, many pet shelters also offer short-term foster care, so that is yet another idea that you should consider.
The bottom line is that there are plenty of ways in which one can help pet shelters to succeed in their task of helping those in need. Donations are the traditional option and there is no doubt that any amount of cash will be greatly appreciated, but there are other options as well. If you want to become involved a little bit more, you should definitely consider doing some voluntary work in your area. And there is also the option of adopting one of those animals in need. If you love animals, there is simply plenty that you can do!
Scot Parris writes for rspca.org.uk, UK’s largest animal welfare charity. If you are interested in volunteering don’t hesitate to take action, any kind of help can make a difference.