7 Ways To Be Extra Kind To Shelter Animals

It’s Be Kind to Animals Week!

In its honor, we’ve put together some ideas on how you can be kind to animals who need a little extra love.

In 1915, the American Humane Association introduced “Be Kind To Animals Week” in order to promote compassion toward animals. This year, it takes place is May 4 to May 10, and while you should be kind to animals all year long, this week lets you show the world how much you love animals. It’s true that “kindness is contagious,” and it’s the perfect time to become the person your dog or cat thinks you are! So this week, take it up a notch and be extra kind to shelter animals. These homeless pets could use an extra dose of kindness. Here are a few way to show a lot of love to rescues in need.

Donate items to your local shelter

Shelters all always in need of dog and cat items. Just a few include blankets, poop bags, leashes, cleaning supplies, bedding, toys, and shampoo. And if in doubt, get a gift card! By giving your local shelter a gift card to a pet, home improvement, office supply, or grocery store, they can get what they need, when they need it.

Throw a fund raiser

A garage sale, a car wash, a company-wide bake sale or a benefit dinner—these are just a few of the ways you can raise money for your local shelter. Make sure that if you’re advertising for a bigger event, you speak to the shelter you’re planning on giving money to. You want to have permission to use their logo and ensure that they’re onboard with any fundraising plans you have in mind.

Volunteer your time

Any shelter will tell you that it’s the efforts of volunteers that keep them up and running. You can clean out cages, offer transportation to vet appointments and just offer your love to pets who need it. Or you can volunteer your professional services. Ask to help with a shelter’s website, blog and social media campaigns, stuff envelops or hand out information at events—there’s no shortage of volunteer work you can sign up for.

Become a foster parent

Shelters are always looking for foster homes. Some shelters and organizations don’t have an actual physical location to home animals, so they need foster homes to take these dogs and cat in until a permanent solution presents itself. You’ll be looking after a cat or dog in your home for a short amount of time, which will help that pet adjust to a family environment and gain valuable socialization skills.

Walk a shelter dog

Looking to drop some of that winter weight? Taking a few shelter dogs out for a 30 minute to one hour walk will not only help get you into shape, but will get these pooches out of their kennels for some much needed exercise. As well, it helps with their socialization process, which makes them more attractive to adoptive families.

Spread the word on social media

Instead of just letting your friends and followers know what you ate for dinner, use that prime social media real estate to promote an animal waiting for adoption. Be sure to add a picture of the shelter animal, important details like age and gender, and where you can adopt this adorable pet. Be sure to ask your friends and followers if they can pass along the update on their social media accounts so pooch, kitty or other animal has a better chance of being seen by as many potential adopters as possible.

Adopt a shelter dog or cat of your own

If you’re in the position to do so, there’s no better feeling than bringing home a furry new family member. Just be sure that this is a step you’re ready for and that this pet is the right fit for your home and family.

Meet the Author: Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic is the Editor of Petguide.com, the flagship site to over 70 different pet communities, which offers pet parents a one-stop-info-shop for all things dog and cat related. Amy's been with PetGuide since the beginning, guided by the wisdom of her Shih Tzu mix and furry roommate, Oscar. Together, this pet power couple has their paw on the pulse of the pet industry, sniffing out trends, advice, news, tasty treat recipes and other tail-wagging stories.

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