By Laura Drucker
‘Tis the season for giving, and what better way to give than to help out animals in need? Check out these five ways you can help make an impact this holiday season, and get inspired to make a difference:
1. No pet should go hungry, which is why all over the city pet food pantries have been providing a place where struggling pet parents can come for assistance in feeding their pets. Next time you’re at the pet store, pick up an extra bag or a few extra cans of food and drop them off at a nearby pantry, such as the Tree House Animal Shelter or Care for Real. Be sure to contact the pantry first to ask about their specific needs.
2. You may not be able to adopt or foster right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save an animal from a horrifying situation. Head over to MillDogRescue.org, where for $60 you can fund the release of one dog from a puppy mill.
3. This year, play Santa Claus and pick up a few things for your local shelter off their wish list. Shelters are constantly in need of everything from beds to food to toys to cleaning supplies, and every tiny bit helps. Many shelters keep an active wish list on their websites where you can check out needed items, or you can see if they have a list posted on Amazon. No matter your budget, there’s always something you can deliver to help out in a big way.
4. Shop with a purpose—make a conscious effort to buy items from companies that donate a portion of proceeds to animal causes. If you don’t know where to start looking, check out the ASPCA’s corporate partnerships page, where you’ll see that companies like Juicy Couture and Pottery Barn Teen have teemed up to donate a portion of their holiday sales to the animals. Sites like Fun Time Dog Shop and The Animal Rescue Site also allow you to shop while donating to the animals.
5. Need gifts for the friends who have everything? Make a donation in their name to an animal shelter! Not only will you get to give people the gift of helping animals, you’ll also make a meaningful impact.
Remember that no matter your time constraints or your budget, there is always something you can do to provide assistance for pets in need. So this year, make a conscious effort to do a little something extra for the animals—you may enjoy the feeling of giving so much you keep it up all year ‘round!