Many of us are deeply concerned about the plight of homeless animals, and as families gather along with their pets to celebrate the holidays, it can be a particularly troubling thought.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive to help pets in need. Your efforts, both large and small, can make a huge impact in the lives of animals in our community or beyond.

Consider Pet Adoption

Every year, between 9 and 11 million homeless pets are euthanized in shelters across the country. The best way to help pets in need, and reduce this devastating statistic, is by opening your home and heart to a shelter pet. By adopting or fostering a pet from a shelter or rescue organization, you are very likely saving a life, and giving a second chance to an animal that would face a bleak future otherwise.

Adopting or fostering a pet is not a decision that is made lightly, and for many families it simply may not be an option. Thankfully, there are endless ways you can make a difference in the lives of needy pets this holiday season, and all year long.

Other Ways to Help Pets in Need

  • Volunteer your time – Animal charities run on the energy of dedicated volunteers. Besides freeing up funds that would otherwise be spent on employee salaries, volunteer efforts can help alleviate the overwhelming workload.
  • Organize a fundraiser – Charity events, such as bake sales, 5K races, car washes, etc., raise tens of thousands of dollars each year to help marginalized pets. Get the whole family involved!
  • Donate pet supplies – You can help a shelter or rescue organization save money by donating pet food, beds, toys, cat litter, blankets, and other essential items.
  • Ask for donations in lieu of gifts – Instead of the usual gift card or pair of socks, ask friends and family members to consider donating to your favorite pet charity in your name this year.
  • Educate your community – Volunteer your time and energy for an animal-related community outreach event. Educate your friends and family members on the importance of spaying/neutering and adopting from shelters.
  • Become a monthly or one-time donor – Animal shelters and rescue organizations generally operate on a shoestring budget and can always benefit from the gift of funds. Even a small amount each month is beneficial.

Helping pets in need is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Call around to your local animal shelter or rescue operations and ask how you can help.

Have a happy and healthy holiday season, from all of us at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital!