Dog rescue organizations are always in need of donations but they don’t always have to be monetary. These groups are involved in saving the lives of animals that have been abandoned by their owners and are living on the streets, or in an animal shelter or pound. Without these humane organizations, many dogs would suffer from hunger, illness and loneliness. Rescue groups need help from members of the community, because their expenses are great. Even if you’re not financially able to donate money, there are still numerous ways you can help your local animal rescue group.
Donate Your Time
If you are retired or your work hours permit, a donation of time is as appreciated as any. Rescued dogs are desperate for some love and attention and that is one thing you can give them that will cost just a few hours. These dogs need to be walked, played with, brushed, and bathed. This is very satisfying work as you see a shy, frightened rescue dog become a confident, happy and outgoing dog that is ready to be adopted.
If you’ve ever been inside a shelter, you’ll know what the conditions are like. Dogs are kept in cages, usually with concrete floors to make cleaning easier. If you have room in your heart and your home, you may consider the possibility of fostering a dog until it is permanently adopted. Fostering also involves teaching dogs that not all humans will harm them, and helping them to recover from any anxiety issues. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself falling hopelessly in love with one or two of your foster pups, and deciding to make them permanent members of your family.
How many times have you thrown away a blanket or towel because it was frayed and worn? These items make excellent bedding for rescue dogs and keep them off the cold cement floors that are usually found in shelters. Check with your neighbors and workmates, as they may have items they’d like to donate. Sometimes, if your budget allows, a rescue group will appreciate a donation of a bag of food or some worming tablets. Ask them what they need and if it’s beyond your financial reach, then you may want to organize some fundraising activities for them.
Do you have the gift of the gab? Are you comfortable speaking in front of groups of people? Can you write well? Anything you can do to make the general public aware of the plight of rescue dogs is a good thing. It will not only increase the chance of the rescue group being given donations of money or goods, but it will also publicize the dogs that need adopting and give them the chance of getting a forever home.
Helping your local rescue group doesn’t just involve giving money. There are other ways you can contribute that don’t affect your budget, but still benefit the animals in their care. Think about where your skills and interests lie and see how they can help homeless dogs find their new family.
Dr. Susan Wright, DMV is a professional on dog training collars. Susan has been giving care for pets as a practicing veterinarian for more than 10 years. As an authority on domestic pet care, Susan likes writing articles that help people make informed decisions.