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How You Can Help Animals In Your Community
Everyone loves helping their community, and if you’re an animal lover, one of the great ways to get involved is with your local animal shelter. The most obvious way to do this is, of course, to adopt a pet. But what if you’ve already got enough furry friends? What are some other ways you can get involved with animals in your community?
Fostering – Even if you aren’t prepared to add a permanent family member, you can temporarily provide a home for an animal in need. Shelters and rescue organizations often use foster programs to help free up space in their facilities. Many rescues don't even have a central site and rely fully on foster homes. Animals that are fostered can also get more attention and become better socialized and trained while getting used to a supportive family environment.
Volunteering – Organizations need volunteers for lots of different positions. Shelters need people to process adoptions, walk dogs, play with cats, and stock shelves. Assistant vet techs also come in handy, and you can use other applicable skills, whether you design websites and logos, organize events, or something else entirely.
Donations – Contributing money to shelters helps them run, but you can donate in other ways, too. Shelters often need supplies for the animals they care for including food, litter, toys, collars, and leashes. Cleaning supplies for pet messes and old rags also come in handy. Even old blankets and newspapers are useful boons. You can also enter your shelter as the beneficiary of contests and raffles for pet supplies!
Spread the Word – Talk about your shelter. If you can’t do anything else, make sure your friends and family know you support adopting pets and tell them why they should, too. Follow your favorite shelter on social media and share their posts. You never know if your old college roommate and her fiancé are looking for a dog just like the one your shelter just posted a picture of. You can even wear apparel that promotes & advertises your local shelter – it may trigger a reminder.
Here are just some of the many shelters and animal rescues in the Triangle area you can help:
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