We all know that by helping animals we help one another. Many of you are in the trenches rescuing pets from all kinds of sad circumstances. Some of you spend 100 percent of your time volunteering to help homeless pets. For those of us who feel overwhelmed, we can do our part too. Here are a few ideas on how you can change the life of a homeless cat, dog, rabbit, guinea pig, or other companion pet.
Donate Slightly Used Goods to Your Local Animal Shelter
Maybe you purchased a case of cat food, opened one can and found out that your cat won’t eat it. A shelter would love to get a donation of food. If you have an extra leash or unopened pet toy around the house, why not donate it. I have a friend who always buys two pet toys. She gives one to her dog and the other gets put in a box. When that box is full, she takes it to her local animal shelter.
Use Your Blog for the Greater Good
If you have a blog, and a company asks you to do a product review, contact the company and tell them that you would love to get one, two, or three dozen of those items to donate to your local animal shelter. You can promise them a great write up about their generous donation.
Share Your Skills
If you are a photographer, bookkeeper, or handy person, contact your local animal shelter and volunteer an hour or two a week.
Brush a Cat or Dog
You can also play with these shelter pets, take a dog for a walk, or just spend time with a cat or dog in need.
Spread the Word
Tell everyone you know to spay/neuter their pets and tell them they should always adopt, not shop.
This post is sponsored by the Pets Add Life (PAL) campaign and the American Pet Products Association. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the benefits and joys of pet ownership. Check out PAL’s Facebook page and pledge to adopt your next pet, volunteer at a local shelter, and/or take a photo of a homeless pet and share it.