October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. According to the US Humane Society an estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets are not adopted each year, and only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters and rescues. Do you know what happens to the 2.7 million healthy pets that are not adopted? They get euthanized. Euthanized is a nice word for KILLED.I know, not everyone can adopt a pet. There are already two of us adopted dogs living in our house and that is all we have room for. But there are lots of things we can do to help shelters and hopefully get more pets adopted.
The big word is DONATE. When people hear that word they automatically think money but there are so many other ways to donate.
Donate your TIME. Volunteer to work at a local shelter. You could walk the dogs or stuff envelopes for a mailing campaign. You could donate your time assisting at a fund raising event. You could donate your time hosting a collection drive or yard sale to benefit the shelter.Donate your SKILLS. Are you an amateur or professional photographer? Donate your skills and take photos of the pets to be put on the shelter’s website or on Petfinder.com. Have a way with words? Help write copy for the newsletter or fund raising materials.
Donate your STUFF. Donate out grown collars and leashes, crates, beds, or gently used toys your dog doesn’t play with. Pet food is always welcome. Donate office supplies, postage stamps, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies (scent free is best) and paper towels. Your old towels can be used to dry pets after baths and your old blankets make wonderful warm beds. Donate your olds newspapers. The shelter can use them to line cages or shred them for litter boxes.Donate your HOME. It takes a very special person to foster pets. Are you one?
Oh yeah…. You can donate MONEY. Support fund raisers and events designed to help your local shelter or you can write a nice big check.
Several times a year my company donates part of the profits from our Pet Gift Baskets to the local shelter. It’s easy.So, now you know you don’t have to adopt a shelter pet to help. If you know other ways, let me know.
P.S. Blatant self-promotion. Our To The Rescue Gift Basket has is the perfect way to welcome a new dog into your home.