For many of us, our hearts go out to shelter animals but we are just not in a position to adopt any. Until I read this article in Redbook, I was not aware of all the different (free) ways to lend a hand and help shelter pets. According to the article, there are roughly 6 million pets in shelters each year.
Here are some free ways to help animals in shelters:
1. Donate pet food to Petco’s Food Bank Collection Program which helps owners would have fallen on hard times find participating locations at Petco.com/Petco foundation.
2. Supply shelters with cozy bedding. Pets often sleep on the cold concrete or in cramped cages as they await adoption.
3. Answer the daily trivia question at freekibble.com and the pet food company Halo, Purely for Pets will donate 10 pieces of three kibble to one of more than 50 shelters nationwide. Since the site launched in 2008 the nonprofit has fed over 5.6 million meals to dogs and cats.
4. Like Petango.com at Facebook.com/petango . They featured currents pets available for adoption. You can “re-post” your favorites on your Facebook wall.
5. E-mail a free “adopt-a-gram” to animal loving pals. It’s a low-pressure way to remind them that they can find great pets at their local shelter. Go to the adorable website www.theshelterpetproject.org and click on the Boston Terrier (you’ll get it when you see it) and send one.
6. Visit the animalrescuesite.com. Every time you click the”Click Here to Give – It’s Free!” button. The site’s sponsors will donate money to animal charities nationwide. To date, they’ve donated enough cash to pay for more than 404 million bowls of pet food.
7. Volunteer at a shelter in your neighborhood. To find one close by enter your zip code at ASPCA.org/adoption/shelters. You can play with the animals and help adopters find the perfect match for their family.
8. Tweet and spread the word about shelter pets that need loving homes. Log onto adoptapet.com/twitteracritter, pick an animal that you want to help,then post a Twitter message to all your followers to see. You never know who you could motivate to adopt!
Thank you to Redbook, for these great ideas. The article did also encourage adopting a pet, especially a special needs pet if you can. Find them at www.petfinder.com. They have a directory of more than 13,000 shelters.