We recently adopted our pet cat, Finley from the Fauquier SPCA. Finley, the super wonderful barn cat, who took to his job immediately! And, last year, we rescued sweet Wally, the mini-horse from Equine Rescue League in Loudon County. In fact, many of the families I photograph have rescued their beloved pets.
Thanks to social media, pet adoption rates have visibly risen in the past few years. Adoption success stories have become viral on the internet, but many shelters rely on outside help to stay open.
Here are some ways you can help your local animal shelter:
- If you read the newspaper, don’t throw them out! Stockpile your papers and drop them off at your local shelter whenever you have the chance. Many shelters rip up old newspapers and use them as litter.
- Is your spare closet filling up with old linens? Donate used towels, sheets, and blankets if you no longer have any use for them.
- Lend the lovely pups your time! Most shelters accept volunteers to help out with cleaning the shelter, socializing with and walking the friendly critters, and helping animals find loving homes. Volunteering directly is a great weekend activity and is lots of fun! Some shelters even accept volunteers under the age of 18, although their activities with the shelter may be limited.
- Many shelters accept direct donations! Whether you fundraise through your community or give your spare change, it will go towards a meal for someone’s future pet.
- 5) The essentials! Shelters don’t just run on kibble. Most shelters are in need of batteries, cleaning supplies, office supplies, Ziploc bags and more.
- Social media is key! The internet has proven to be powerful when it comes to bringing people, and pets, together. Follow local shelters on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and repost when they announce another adoptee. The more people that see it, the greater chance it will be that special someone.
Volunteerism is rewarding, whether you lend a minute or day of your time. Remember to research your local shelters specific needs before making any donations/volunteering.