"Every animal has his or her story, his or her thoughts, daydreams and interests. All feel joy and love, pain and fear, as we now know beyond any shadow of a doubt. All deserve that the human animal afford them the respect of being cared for with great consideration for those interests or left in peace." - Ingrid Newkirk
With thousands of animals entering shelters each year, there are endless ways you can help enhance the life of a homeless pet who is awaiting adoption. By walking the dogs, providing cats with much needed one-on-one affection, or teaching desirable behaviors and tricks to the animals in the care of a shelter, you can impact an animal's day in a very great way. Assisting with adoption events and fundraising is often welcomed, as is help with folding clean laundry or washing dog and cat dishes. If you are looking for more, consider fostering a shelter pet. Foster homes are crucial in animal welfare, as it not only opens the space in the shelter for another animal to enter, but you will also drastically reduce stress for the animal you bring into your home by removing him/her from the kennel environment. Shelters do the best they can with what they are given, and they do amazing work. But a home is an ideal place for a pet to await permanent adoption. If all of this is too much commitment, consider donating to your local shelter. You can call ask what their current needs are - dog food, cat food, litter, sponges, paper towels, laundry detergent, used blankets and towels... there is a very long list of what shelters go through everyday. There are equine and livestock rescues as well, for those who would like to work with large animals.
Contact your local shelter, humane society or rescue organization to find out more about how you can help the animals in their care.