This year, why not make some resolutions for the animals – both those that live with us and those who have no place to call home. These resolutions may be easier to keep throughout the year than the traditional ones. These tips will certainly improve the lives of animals and will help us move toward a day of no more homeless pets. Between now and New Year’s Day I will be posting a series of articles on what you can do to help make a difference in the lives of animals in 2013. This is the third posting in the series. The previous postings were on “Giving your pets the best care in 2013” and “Being a better pet parent in 2013.”
Resolve to support rescue efforts in your community
If you can’t offer a permanent home to a rescue animal, consider fostering for a short period of time giving the rescue animal a safe haven until a forever home is found. If you can’t commit to fostering, volunteer to transport animals for a rescue group or give financial support to a struggling rescue organization. Remember, animal rescue is a 24/7 operation which requires ongoing funding sources.
The past few years have been financially difficult for most rescue organizations and many are struggling to keep their doors open. Organizations need as much help as they can get – both financially and physically. If you have two or three hours a week that you can spare, volunteer to clean cat cages or walk the dogs at your local humane society. It will be time well spent – both for you and the animals. Donate supplies to your local shelter – they all can use blankets, towels, food and toys. Most rescue organizations and shelters that have a website post their “wish lists” of the most-needed items.
Click here for an article from the Best Friends Animal Society website on what one person can do to support animal rescue efforts in their community. No matter how or where you volunteer, you can make a positive difference in the lives of homeless animals.
Keep up with local rescue groups on their Facebook pages. This is where you will find the most up-to-date information about their current rescue efforts and needs.
Resolve to stay informed and to educate your neighbors
No matter where your interest lies – animal companions, feral cats, local rescue efforts or environmental awareness – there is an online group that can provide you with up-to-date information. These groups can provide much needed advice and guidance. Educate your friends and neighbors on the dangers of chaining dogs outside and the benefits of spay/neuter and microchipping. The more you know, the more you will be able to contribute.