The Twelve Days of Dewey: Pledge to volunteer, and to adopt or foster a homeless pet

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This is it! It’s the last week of the Twelve Days of Dewey campaign. If you’ve taken any of the suggestions we’ve offered so far, thank you on behalf of homeless pets! And don’t forget to check out the new children’s book, Dewey’s Christmas at the Library.

The last two days of Dewey feature the most significant things you can do to make a difference in the lives of pets in need. We hope you’ll make one or both of them your New Year’s resolutions.

2) Sign up to volunteer for TWO hours a week with your local animal shelter or rescue group.
You can do anything from playing with cats and walking dogs to driving
pets to adoption events to answering phones. Remember, every hour you
give makes a difference to the pets.

1) Pledge to foster or adopt ONE pet. You can change a
pet’s life by giving him or her a forever home — but if you can’t do
that, you can have just as great an impact by fostering a pet for a
shelter or rescue group. Read more about fostering a pet here — or find organizations participating in our Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays program.


The holiday season is a great time to make a donation or volunteer your time, but each of the items in the Twelve Days of Dewey campaign can be done all year long. We hope you’ll continue to help homeless pets in the New Year and beyond.

Best wishes for a very happy New Year!


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Read the other Days of Dewey:

Days One and Two: Introducing ‘The Twelve Days of Dewey’: 12 ways to help pets, starring Dewey the Library Cat

Days Three and Four: Organize a pet-food drive!

Days Five and Six: Photograph shelter pets

Days Seven and Eight: Donate towels and blankets to your local shelter

Days Nine and Ten: Thank shelter staffers and volunteers for all they do

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