It’s become a tradition by many to make a resolution at the start of a new year. These resolutions are often times personal goals such as eating healthy, joining a gym, finding a new job, or quitting a bad habit – which are all great goals to have! But, what if your resolution included helping others?
This year, we’re asking you to make a resolution to help adoptable pets. There are so many loving pets living in shelters, waiting to find their forever homes. Here are some ways you can help throughout the year:
Adopt a Furry Friend. If you’re interested in owning a pet, consider adopting from your local shelter. Animals make great companions, but having a pet is a big responsibility and involves a long commitment. Learn more about finding the right pet for you and find out if you have what it takes to provide a safe and loving home. Dog Adoption Checklist, Cat Adoption Checklist
Volunteer at Your Local Shelter. You don’t need to adopt a pet to be able help. Volunteering for a shelter is one of the most impactful ways to get involved. Many shelters need help with cleaning and caring for the animals, and keeping the facility in good condition. Find a shelter near you.
Spread the Word. Share adoptable pets on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ and other social media sites. Tell your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors about the importance of supporting animal shelters and their staff. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated on pets available for adoption.
Foster. Unfortunately, there are many shelters low on space, but fostering is a great way to help. If you love animals and have the perfect home, but aren’t ready to make the lifelong commitment, consider fostering a pet. It is not always an easy task, but there is nothing more rewarding than getting an animal ready for their forever home and uniting them with their adopted family. Find out if fostering is right for you.
Donate. Many animal shelters struggle financially so every penny helps. Consider donating to your local shelter or to the Petfinder Foundation. Also, your donations don’t need to be monetary. Shelters can always use extra supplies such as towels, blankets, toys, pet food, and pet beds. Contact your local shelter or rescue group to see if it has a wish list of items it needs.
Do Your Part. Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most important things you can do to reduce the number of homeless pets in your community. Learn more about why spaying/neutering is important and how you can find affordable options.
Every little bit of help counts! Make this a resolution you follow through on.