National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week is November 3-9, 2019. Shelters and Rescues are a safe haven for pets. They help provide medical attention, reunite lost pets, help neglected or abused pets, provide spay/neutering to help reduce pet overpopulation, vaccinate, microchip, find them a forever home, and show them that somebody does care about them.
This is a great week for you, your friends, family, and community to become acquainted with the local shelter and pet rescues in your area.
Here are a few ways you can become more involved in helping shelter/rescue pets:
- Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue. Though there is an adoption fee, it typically includes the pet being updated on vaccines, microchipped, spayed/neutered,and more. This saves you from having to pay to get those services done. Some shelters waive adoption fees.
- Foster a pet. If you are not ready to commit to adopting a pet, you can open your home to fostering a pet. Being a foster pet parent allows the pet to be in a safe happy home until it gets it’s forever home. A foster parent can also describe to the new owner how the pet is in a home setting. Does he/she like cats, other pets, kids, toys, walks, etc.
- Volunteer. If you are unable to adopt or foster a pet, volunteers are always needed. Depending on the organization, this could be walking, cleaning, feeding, driving to vet, etc. Call them and ask if they need help.
- Become a fan and share on social media. Follow shelters and rescues and share their posts on pets available, fundraisers, events, etc. You never know when someone is looking for a pet to adopt or an organization to help. This is a great way to give support.
- Donate items. Do you or your friend have new or slightly used pet items, extra pet food, blankets, etc? Many shelters and rescues can use these items for the pets that are under their care. You may even be able to set up a donation drive or donation box to help collect items that the rescues and shelters need.
- Be a responsible pet owner. Once you adopt a pet, they are part of your family for life. Ensure you do not let them roam. Keep their microchip info up to date and theirs tags on at all times. Spay/neuter and vaccinate your pet.
Contact your local shelter or rescue to see how else you can help celebrate National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week!
Written by Susan Aranda