We’re three months into our 12 Month Giving Challenge.
In January, we supported a local homeless shelter.
In February, we did something special for a senior in our life or community.
And in March, we’re going to do something to support your local homeless pets. Somewhere in your community is an animal shelter or rescue working hard to save animals, and they’re doing it with barely enough resources.
Did you know…
- 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year.
- Only 3 to 4 million cats and dogs are adopted from shelters each year.
- That means 2.7 million adoptable cats and dogs euthanized in shelters each year. That’s gotten a lot better when 12-20 million pets were killed every year.
What You Can Do:
- Spay or neuter your own pet.
There are now so many low cost options available, so if you’ve been putting it off because you think you can’t afford it, contact your local NoKill animal shelter and ask them if they know about any low cost options in your area.
The great new is that there is room for improving that 2.7 million euthanized pets, because only 30% of pets in homes today have come from shelters. The more people who adopt rather than buy a pet, the fewer pets who will die. So the first thing you can do to help a homeless pet, is to adopt one!
If your home is complete with the animals you have, can you foster a dog or cat until a forever home is found?
- Give Money or Goods
If you can’t foster, can you donate money or goods? A cash donation lets them buy exactly what they need when they need it, but they might also need specific items. So call them and ask, do you need food? blankets?
- Give Time
Finally, you can donate time. Dogs need to be walked and brushed. Litter boxes need to be cleaned. Websites maintained. Letters sent to past donors. Your local animal rescue may gladly welcome your time and expertise, so call them and ask how you can help.
So that is our challenge in March. Support homeless pets.
Thanks so much for joining me for month 3 of our 12 month giving challenge.
Leave a comment below about how you helped a homeless pet this month.