Here's how you can help:
Give supplies. Pet shelters and rescues, and human service organizations, need pet supplies on an ongoing basis, and they accept donations from the public. To find out what a local organization needs most, check to see if there’s a wish list on their website. You may be able to order supplies online and have them sent directly to the organization.
Used supplies are useful, too. Many pet shelters and rescue organizations, as well as human service organizations, accept clean, gently used blankets, towels and/or newspapers, among other things. To find out what donations an organization accepts, check their website. You can also donate used supplies—including pet food, treats, toys, leashes, beds and crates—to people in your community through Nextdoor and free giveaway groups.
Volunteer with a local organization. Interested in doing volunteer work to help keep pets and people together? Consider volunteering at a local human social service organization who helps people with pets, animal resource center or food pantry. Check their websites for opportunities to get involved. There are many ways to donate your time, both in person and from home. Hands-on volunteer tasks from administrative help, stuffing envelopes, making phone calls to walking dogs, socializing cats and assisting at events. Remote roles include website, social media and fundraising help.
Donate money to local organizations that support pets and people. Many local pet shelters, rescues, food pantries and social service organizations rely on donations. To give, visit the organization's website and click on "Donate." If your employer has a matching gifts program, your gift could make an even bigger impact.
Set up a personal fundraiser. Want to help local pets on your next birthday? Ask friends and family to donate in your honor to your favorite pet shelter, rescue or social service organization that helps keep pets and people together.
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