There are millions of homeless animals in shelters all across the country. The ASPCA has thus decided that October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to help homeless animals in shelters all across America find loving, happy homes! Here are some ways the shelters suggest that you can help out this October:
If you’re ready to open your heart and home to an animal in need, please consider adopting a pet today. There is absolutely no pressure to adopt, but if you’re ready for this huge responsibility, be sure to check out your local shelters for a lovable companion. All dogs will have passed behavioral testing and after a short adjustment period, should easily settle into their new role as your best friend with training and patience. Take an honest look at your life to help decide if you have the time and energy for a puppy, or if an older dog might be more suited for you at the moment. Most people tend to forget about older dogs in shelters!
If you are not ready to adopt, but still want to help out, you can lend a hand by raising money to donate to your local shelter. Whether it’s running a bake sale or collecting donations in lieu of birthday gifts, you can give proceeds away to shelters in your area to help feed and rehabilitate the animals there, and help get them ready for a new, loving home!
If you feel like giving money isn’t enough or doesn’t feel quite right to you, you could donate toys or food to your local shelter. Most animal rescues are non-profit organizations so every little thing helps. Check with your local shelter to see what they will accept or are in need of! Sometimes, it’s as simple as bringing old towels, blankets or a roll or two of paper towels.
Some shelters will gratefully accept volunteers to help walk dogs and socialize the rescues that are getting ready for adoption. Some shelters do require background checks to work with the animals to ensure that there is no chance of any harm coming to them, since most of whom were strays or suffered from abuse or neglect. The majority of shelters require that volunteers are over the age of 18. If you wish to volunteer, be sure to check with your local shelters as each shelter has different requirements.
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