4 Practical Ways to Help Homeless Dogs During Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month
There is more than one way to help homeless dogs find their loving forever homes during “Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month.” Adopting a healthy, loving, beautiful dog is one obvious way. Other ways including becoming a foster parent, volunteering, donating, and spreading the word about available dogs in your area.
- Become a Foster Parent: Foster parents provide temporary in-home care for puppies and dogs until they can be adopted. Dogs who live with foster parents are sometimes adopted quicker since they have had more human contact than their counterparts in the shelter and are more socialized. Check with your local shelter about their fostering program. Fostering is not for everyone, but it’s a rewarding and fulfilling program that helps save the lives of animals that might not otherwise have a chance.
- Volunteer: Contact your local shelter or rescue group and sign up as a volunteer. Shelters are in need of volunteers to socialize dogs by playing with them and taking them out for potty breaks, people to help facilitate adoptions and volunteers to help out with off-site adoption events. If you are good with a camera, you can volunteer to take photos of dogs in shelters. Research shows that animals who have more appealing photos are more likely to be adopted and less likely to be euthanized.
- Donate: The majority of shelters and rescues operate solely on donations. Financial donations will help save the lives of healthy, loving, deserving dogs. Dog food, cleaning supplies, and blankets are also welcomed donations at most shelters and rescues.
- Spread the Word: Are you a Facebook fanatic or a blogger? Do you tweet? Use your voice and your social networks to spread the word about dogs available for adoption at your local shelter or rescue. Considering posting one available dog each week. Also use your online voice to educate pet owners about the importance of spay and neutering.
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