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Save a Stray
You want to help the local shelter or rescue group but you
already have two dogs and four cats. Or you don't have any pets because you live in a tiny
apartment where pets aren't allowed. Whatever your situation may be, there are more ways
to help than adopting.
|Do you have old blankets, sheets or even sweatshirts lying in the back of your closet?
Donate them to the shelter. They make wonderful bedding for dogs and cats. |
|Did you buy a new brand of dog food that your pooch absolutely detests? Don't throw it
out. Give it to the local shelter or rescue group. |
Each shelter has a wish list of items they need. Some of the common items needed by
shelters and rescue include: canned and dry dog and cat food, cat litter, leashes and
collars, toys, cleaning supplies and office supplies.
By talking to the shelter manager and staff, or going on the shelters site, you may
find that their needs match up with your extras or items, such as an old dog cage, your
friends or family members want to give away. Shelters and rescues also need help with
publicity. Offer to make and distribute fliers around town. If you have a computer at home
with Internet access, you can help animal groups update their pet lists on Pet Finder by
entering information about available animals or take pictures for the web site.
|Many groups also need volunteers for adoption days. Adoption days create exposure for
the shelter or rescue as well as facilitate adoptions.|
|If you want to work with animals, stop by a shelter and offer to take a dog for a walk.
A more socialized dog is much more likely to find a home. Take a brush and some no-rinse
shampoo and give a dog or cat a makeover; this also enhances their chances at adoption.|
|If you want to donate money but feel your bank account can't stomach a hefty withdrawal,
label a tin can and put your spare change in it. You can put one at work and get your
co-workers to donate as well. Then bring the money to the shelter or use it to buy some
dog toys or cat treats.|
There are so many ways to help animals that take only a few minutes or a few dollars at
a time, but they make so much of a difference in animals' lives.
Contributed by Sandy Koehler, a volunteer for Sayrebrook Adoption Center, based on her
experiences volunteering for local shelters and rescue groups.