Animal shelters, rescue organizations, and other animal-related nonprofits work around the clock to save and improve the lives of animals throughout our country and the world. Many of these groups are focused on using as much of their available funds as possible to help animals in need, leaving them to operate on shoestring budgets and an army of volunteers.
If you are searching for ways to include charitable donations into your seasonal gift giving, or to set a positive example of philanthropy for your children, we have a variety of ideas sure to meet your desire to help those less fortunate.
The Gift Of Funds
Without question, financial support is the greatest need for most animal shelters and related charities. Besides providing food, shelter, and veterinary care to the animals they serve, the organization likely has a variety of other costs such as transport and equipment.
There are plenty of ways to make a monetary donation, including:
- Become a monthly donor
- A one-time gift
- Include the organization in a bequest
The Gift Of Supplies
While monetary donations are wonderful, shelters and rescue operations usually burn through food, litter, blankets, and other items quickly. Ask friends and family to contribute, or consider organizing a supply drive in your community.
Most organizations have a wish list of desperately needed supplies, such as:
- Wet/dry cat and dog foods
- Pet beds
- Dog and cat toys
- Cat litter
- Small mammal bedding
Don’t hesitate to call your charity of choice to find out what they need most.
The Gift Of Time
Most animal charities rely heavily on their volunteer staff. Whether you volunteer to walk dogs, change litter boxes, help with data entry or graphic design, or simply spend time playing with the animals, consider offering a few hours each week or month to provide some much-needed help.
Encouraging kids to volunteer alongside you not only strengthens the family bond, it helps them understand the value of helping those in need and encourages the holiday spirit of thankfulness. Include the kids on your next volunteer visit.
Donating To Pets In Need
A quick internet search will reveal the many pet-related nonprofits in your community. For your convenience we have prepared a list of our favorite national charitable organizations:
Helping animals in need doesn’t have to end with the New Year. There are countless opportunities to be a hero for the least fortunate of our four-legged society, all year long.
Happy Holidays, from all of us at VitusVet!