If you have ever seen a stray cat digging in a garbage can for food or a lost dog scared and starved, you may have wondered what you could do to save them. Unfortunately, there are thousands of homeless pets roaming the United States and although we cannot adopt every one we find, we can see that help finds them through other means. Listed below are 5 ways you can help save an animal in need:
Volunteer at your local animal shelter – most animal shelters are on strict budgets and can only afford the necessities. This means that for every animal they take in, the shelter must provide financial means to care for it. The more volunteers the shelter can count on, the more they can save in order to house, and hopefully adopt, more animals.
Give monetary donations or supplies to animal shelters – many shelters are non-profit organizations, meaning that they operate with no tax funding and only charge enough to cover their expenses. Financial donations may provide funding for building maintenance, medical expenses, and more while donating supplies such as dog food or cat litter will cut down on basic, everyday expenses for the shelter.
Report abuse – if you suspect an animal is being abused, contact your local animal control agency immediately. Abuse may include, but is not limited to, physical injury, inadequate shelter, starvation, and failure to provide medical attention or other forms of neglect.
Spread awareness – in the United States alone, there are thousands of dogs and cats born every year. Regrettably, most of these animals will become victims of euthanasia due to lack of homes. This problem is often overlooked simply due to lack of awareness. Spread the word by telling neighbors, coworkers, family, and friends and ask them to help in any way possible.
Spay or neuter your pet – due to the overwhelming number of homeless pets, many pet owners have decided to stop the problem before it begins. By spaying or neutering your pet, you are automatically reducing the pet population. The fewer number of pets breeding means the fewer number of homeless pets ending up in shelters.
As you can see, saving an animal’s life is not as difficult as it may seem. Volunteering your time, donating to shelters, reporting abuse, spreading awareness, and being a responsible pet owner are just a few of the many ways that you can help animals in need. To find out more about how you can help save animals’ lives, contact animal welfare organizations such as the ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) or the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) for more information.