Top 3 ways to help out animals in your community - without adopting
July 16, 2012
As an animal lover, becoming a pet parent could be like a dream come true, but some individuals may not be at the right stage in their lives to make that kind of commitment. If you've recently visited a New York animal shelter or a similar rescue group in your area, you probably know just how important volunteer help is to facilities like these. While you might not be able to take the step of becoming a pet parent, you can still put your best foot forward without bringing home your own furry friend.
1. Volunteer your time. One of the easiest ways to make a difference for animals in your community is by picking up the phone or walking in and introducing yourself to someone at the animal welfare facility. These organizations always need help during feeding time, setting up appointments for prospective pet parents and simply socializing with the animals. Because many of these groups are non-profit, any assistance from the community is appreciated.
2. Donate household items. Many unused products that are lying around your home could serve some purpose at your local rescue group. Consider giving towels and linens that can act as cage liners, as well as pillow covers, old bedding and pillows, paper towels, cleaning supplies and even a bag of extra treats. Keeping up with dozens of animals is a major job, so a small sacrifice on your part could make the animal shelter workers' lives much easier.
3. Participate in a fundraiser. Whether a group is trying to raise money for a local dog park or a similar pet-related cause, these events could be great ways to make a lasting difference in your community. If you're in the New York City area, one idea to consider is the Love on a Leash Walk 2012 - this 1.2 mile Bideawee event takes place along beautiful Westhampton Beach in Long Island and hopes to raise $10,000 to assist the animals in Bideawee's care. You can walk on your own, with a friend or encourage your whole company to come along and enjoy beautiful weather, food, raffles and music.
Until the stars align and you can adopt a cat or dog, getting involved with rescue groups and animal welfare groups is a surefire way to make a lasting impact on the pet community.