Animal rescues help hundreds and thousands of dogs, cats and a whole range of other animals all year round. And they do all of this with very little publicity and certainly not enough recognition. Whilst they do all of this amazing work, there are a number of things we can do to help. So if you are looking for great ways to give back to animal rescue, try one or all of these 5 ways to give back to an animal rescue.
Dog rescues are always in need of goods like toys, blankets, towels and a range of other small to large items. Check with your local rescue shelter to see if they have a list of goods they are in need of that you may be able to help with. You can also donate goods that you no longer need that are still in good usable condition like toys that your dog no longer plays with or blankets & towels when you are cleaning out the linen cupboard.
Animal rescues are always in need of volunteers. This is a great way to help out your local shelter and have some fun doing it. So why not give a couple of hours of your week to helping out at your local shelter with walking dogs, playtime with dogs, general cleaning and just anything they may need. Dog rescues rely on volunteers and giving a couple of hours each week isn’t costing you anything. This is a great option for those who can’t afford to donate goods or money.
Fostering dogs or cats is one of the greatest things you can do. It takes a special person to look after and love a foster dog or cat until they find their forever home. And animal rescues are always in need of foster carers. This is perfect if you are unsure of being able to give the long term commitment that comes with owning a pet as you get the joy of having a pet around and help that pet have a loving home until they can be adopted.
Host a Fundraiser
A fundraiser can be a fun and great way to raise money for your favourite animal rescue. And this doesn’t have to be a massive event either. It can be asking your family & friends to sponsor you to complete a fun run, marathon or some other challenge. Or even turning one of your dog meet ups into a fundraiser. Special times of the year where you celebrate can be a great time to raise money. At Christmas you can offer Santa photos for a small cost with all money going to your chosen animal rescue or even creating show bags featuring local small businesses that you can sell for a donation to a charity. A fundraiser can certainly be a fun way to raise money.
There are always lots of expenses with animal rescue especially when it comes to vet bills and most animal rescues are run entirely on volunteers with no government funding. So one of the best ways to help an animal rescue is to donate money. If you can, donate some money every week, fortnight, month or even pay day. $20 a week can mean a lot to a rescue.
There you have it. 5 ways to give back to an animal rescue at any time during the year. Do you give back to an animal rescue? If you do, share your story in the comments below.