Show Your Local Shelter Some Love
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is Nov. 7-13, 2010
The Humane Society of the United States’ National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is a way to honor animal shelters and their dedicated staff across the country.
There are approximately 4,000 animal shelters across the U.S., available to serve the estimated 6-8 million homeless animals who seek refuge each year. While 63 percent of American households include pets, only 10 percent of owned dogs and 18 percent of owned cats are adopted from animal shelters.
Spread the word about animals waiting to be adopted, and celebrate the many services provided by your local animal shelter—here are some ideas!
Donate a Subscription to Animal Sheltering Magazine
Shelter workers just can’t get enough of Animal Sheltering—an award-winning bi-monthly magazine chock full of articles to educate, inform and inspire anyone who works or volunteers with homeless pets. Donate a year’s subscription to your local shelter for just $20.more »
Learn How to Help Injured or Abandoned Animals
Your local shelter and animal control officers depend on the community’s help to reach animals in need.
Be an Email Ambassador
Spread a shelter-friendly message every time you hit send—attach a tagline like the one below to your signature for all outgoing email messages: Love animals? Support your local shelter!
Adopt or Foster an Animal
Consider adopting or fostering a homeless animal. Whether you decide to bring home a new pet or foster an animal until she finds a forever family, you’ll be giving a critter a safe and caring home while making room for another homeless pet in your community’s animal shelter, where space is limited. You can find adoptable pets in your area at The Shelter Pet Project’s website or Petfinder.com.
Say Thank You
Drop a note in the mail or shoot an email to your local shelter and let them know how much you appreciate all they do for animals. If you can, sweeten your thank you by adding an item from the shelter’s wish list, a check or a gift card from a pet supply store.
Volunteer Your Time and Skills
Whether you end up walking pooches, helping at special events or lending your expertise as a newsletter editor, your shelter can match your schedule and talents to their needs. Not only will you be helping animals in your community, but you also will be building knowledge and skills. Call your local shelter and find out how to start volunteering. more »
Spaying or neutering your pet or offering to help fund a spay/neuter surgery for a friend, family member or neighbor’s pet will save animals’ lives by helping to lower the number ofunwanted animals in your community and reduce the strain on your local shelter’s resources.more »
Donate a Dog Bed
No shelter dog should have to sleep on a cold, concrete floor while waiting for a forever home, but providing bedding for the millions of homeless animals in our nation’s animal shelters can add up to thousands of dollars each year—not to mention loads of laundry. Help a dog in need by donating a durable, shelter-tested bed to a shelter of your choice through the Kuranda shelter donation program. The beds can increase the overall physical and mental well-being of a shelter’s doggie residents. more »
ID Your Pet
Your pet should never go naked—that is, without a collar and ID tags. It’s the number one way that lost pets are returned to their owners. Without it a Good Samaritan or animal shelter will likely have no idea how to contact you. Even if your pet is microchipped or your cat never goes outdoors, always err on the safe side and make a collar and tag permanent—your pet’s life could depend on it. More on microchips » More on dog collars and tags » More on cat collars and tags »
Article Reposted from HumaneSociety.org