Donate pet food or supplies
Another way to help is to donate pet food and supplies. Because caring for so many animals can be expensive, shelters need as much pet food and supplies as they can get. If you have leftover pet food or dog toys, for example, you can donate them to a shelter.
You may find that the shelter is especially in need of certain items. Ask the staff what they need most before you start your donation drive so that you’re not getting things they don’t use. Some of the most common donations are blankets and towels (for bedding), leashes and harnesses (especially if the shelter has outdoor space), pet food, toys, cat litter and cleaning supplies.
Help find homes for pets that need one
There are so many ways to help shelters and the pets that need homes! One of the best is spreading the word about animals who are available for adoption. Talk to your friends and family about adoption, and share information about available pets on social media accounts. The simple act of posting a picture or sharing an article can go a long way in helping spread awareness about this important issue!
Volunteer to spend time with the animals
Volunteering at a shelter can have benefits for both you and the animals in need. Spending time with pets can soothe your mind and reduce stress, so when you devote an afternoon to walking dogs or playing with cats, you’re also getting a nice break from the demands of the day.
Making sure the shelter has enough volunteers is essential, not only because it keeps things running smoothly but because it makes sure that each animal gets plenty of attention, making their stay there more comfortable. Whether you commit to an ongoing volunteer schedule or only help out on occasion, you’re doing good by supporting your local shelter.
Get the word out about events
If you want the event to be a hit, you’ll want to spread the word about it. Here are a few ways:
- Make posters and post them around town.
- Create a Facebook event.
- Create an event on Meetup.com (A great site that is kind of like Facebook but for events)
- Post event details on your social media accounts (Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.)
Help organize events
You can get involved by organizing an event. If you’re reading this and already considering taking on the task of being an event organizer, thank you! Here are some things you should consider when planning your event:
- Gather a group of volunteers to help with the planning, as well as working during the event. It’s important that everyone is on the same page, so plan for meetings to discuss what needs to be done.
- Contact local businesses to sponsor your event. Getting people from your community involved will increase awareness about animal shelters in your area and make it easier to find volunteers that want to help out at future events.
- Get the word out! Make sure there is enough advertising so that people know about your event and can RSVP or show up if they decide they want to attend at the last minute.
- Coordinate location and time with other organizers/volunteers so that everyone knows where they need to be ahead of time. You don’t want anyone showing up late or not knowing where they’re supposed to be!
- Make sure everything runs smoothly during your event by having someone responsible for each area or task that needs done (i.e., registration table). This will help prevent issues from arising throughout the day because there’s always someone else who knows how things work!
Give presentations on animal safety and care
Giving a presentation on animal safety and care is one of the most effective ways you can help your local shelter. By creating an engaging presentation on topics like pet adoption, basic animal care, and proper handling techniques, it’s likely you’ll garner interest in helping animals at a young age. Not only that, but you might also encourage children to visit the shelter as well!
Just be sure to obtain permission from all necessary parties before beginning your school presentations. It should go without saying, but make sure your shelter has approved of the effort first; likewise, check with school administration and individual teachers before setting up any appointments for presentations. Because there may be students who have allergies or who are uncomfortable around animals altogether, it’s best to confirm this is okay with parents too. If it helps to gain their trust or confidence in the project, consider bringing along some handouts that deal with allergy preparedness and safe practices for handling animals who bite or scratch (because sometimes they do). Finally—and this might seem like a given—make sure you have permission from the animals themselves! No matter what kind of animal companion you’re bringing in for this project (dog? cat? budgie?), make sure they’re comfortable being handled by groups of people. It’s not worth traumatizing them if they aren’t fond of crowds!
Teach classes on animal safety and care
You could teach a class on just about any topic you’re comfortable talking about. There are so many possibilities here:
- Basic pet care: feeding, grooming, cleaning, and walking your pet
- Animal health and first aid: understanding signs of illness or injury and what to do about them
- Dog training: basic commands like sit and stay, or perhaps more complicated tricks like playing dead or doing a backflip
Once you’ve decided what type of class you want to teach, consider the following questions to help make it both fun for students and effective at helping them learn:
- What are some interesting ways I can engage students? Can I incorporate games into my lessons? Can I use technology in a way that will be familiar to my target demographic?
- Does my material seem tricky enough to be useful but still manageable for a beginner? For instance, teaching dog training is great because the results of the lessons are almost instantaneous (when the dog learns).
Help support the shelters in other ways.
If financial donations are not in your budget, there are many other ways you can help a local shelter. The monetary donations do make a difference, but sometimes shelters can use extra help in other areas.
- Donated time: Many shelters will have pet adoption events and animal transports, which require volunteers to make the events successful. Do research online or call the shelter to see what volunteer opportunities are available.
- Donated equipment: Most animal shelters will accept old blankets, crates, beds and toys for their animals. Anything that is dog-related is typically useful to a shelter since dogs are the most common pet brought into shelters and rescued from puppy mills.
- Donated supplies: Most shelters will gladly accept cat litter, paper towels, cleaning supplies and disinfectants to help keep their facilities clean and safe for their animals. Most of these supplies can be found at yard sales so they don’t need to cost you anything extra either!
- Donated skills: If you are crafty with sewing or woodworking or even know how to do basic repairs or painting around the house you can offer those skills as a donation without having to spend any money at all! Shelters always need new cushions for cages and kennels along with an occasional fresh coat of paint on walls or fences!
If you aren’t ready to adopt a shelter animal, there are still lots of ways you can help.
Be sure to clean the shelter with non-toxic products! Check out this list of the safest cleaning products.
If you feel like fostering an animal, check out this blog post on what to expect and how to prepare.
Offer to help during an emergency! Shelters are always prepared to handle disasters, but they can never be too ready. Find out what your local shelter’s emergency plan is and see if there’s anything you can do to make it better. Maybe your job is researching or compiling a list of emergency numbers, or maybe you’re in charge of organizing how volunteers will get in touch if something happens.
Help organize adoption events at your school or place of work! Ask around about these events because often shelters don’t have the resources for outreach at schools and workplaces. Make sure the animals are spayed/neutered before adoption so that stray populations don’t increase even further. If you find a lost animal : Take them home and put up flyers around your neighborhood, look for missing pet ads in local papers, contact nearby shelters and ask them to post “found” posters on their bulletin boards for people who may be looking for their pets. If you find an injured animal: Call a vet right away! You should also call local shelters because many have vet contacts that specialize in rescue animals (i.e., they offer discounts when possible). Not sure if they need medical attention? If they appear lethargic or unresponsive then they likely do require urgent care; otherwise feed them something appropriate (cats need meaty food, dogs need dry kibble) before contacting a vet/shelter worker so that the animal has some strength when being examined by medical professionalsAre you a pet lover who wants to help local shelters?
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This is Shelter Pets Can Go To College Too, your go-to resource for learning how to help shelter animals. We cover everything from volunteering at your local shelter to fostering a pet to adopting one of your own.
We’re here to show you that there are pets of all ages, breeds, and personality types waiting for you to come give them a home—no matter what kind of human or other pets you live with. And if you’re not ready to take on the responsibility of having a furry friend of your own, we’ve got plenty of info about how to volunteer at your local shelter or foster an animal as it waits for its forever home.
We love pets—they’re our best friends and our family members. But there are still so many homeless animals out there, and so few people fighting for their well-being. That’s why we created this site—to help humans understand how rewarding it is to care for our animal friends and take responsibility for the ones that need us most.
The start of the school year is a busy time! If you’re lucky, you’re sitting on a freshly-cleaned floor that smells like a Clorox factory, you’ve got your syllabus in hand, and you’re ready to tackle your academic career with gusto. But even if you’ve already forgotten what day it is and where your classes are, we hope you’ll take a few minutes out of your day to help the local shelter.
Shelters are often called “no kill” because they don’t euthanize animals who come into their care. But unfortunately, many shelters can’t keep up with the volume of pets that need to be cared for. For that reason, shelters often have to make difficult decisions about which pets get to stay at the shelter and which ones have to be put down for lack of space.
The number one way that you can help your local shelter? Adopt! Find a furry friend who needs a home (and who will love you unconditionally) by visiting your local shelter today! If there isn’t one near you, check out [website name].
But there are other ways to help too:
1. Make food donations. Shelters’ food costs add up fast! Donating pet
Shelter pets are some of the most resilient, beautiful, deserving creatures you’ll ever meet. They know how to survive, and they’re not afraid to take a chance on love—and if you’ve been following our blog, you know we’re all about taking chances.
But today? Today we’re here to talk about something a little bit different: shelter pets in college.
We know what you’re thinking: but the shelter’s right down the street! Why would I need to adopt one of my local pet shelters’ dogs or cats to go off to school with me (or my children)?
– Having a pet around can keep your mental health as strong as it was when you walked in the door at the beginning of the semester.
– Having a pet can help you be more well-rounded.
– Having a pet can make studying less stressful, and make socializing easier.
– Having a pet can be fun!
– Having a pet is just good for your soul.
Hey, fellow animal lovers!
For years, I’ve been helping my local animal shelter take care of its furry residents. From the moment I first stepped through those doors, I knew I was hooked: one day, I’d devote my life to running a shelter and caring for dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes, and personalities.
Now that I’m in college, though, I’m realizing that this dream is becoming more of a reality. It’s not just about finding a job—I have to consider building a lifelong career. And that means being able to support myself with that career… or at least making sure there’s a safety net in place.
No one wants to be stuck working as a waitress forever (even if you love the job—and even if it’s your very own restaurant). It’s hard work: long hours on your feet, dealing with customers who may or may not appreciate your efforts. But if you’re doing what you love and studying what you’re passionate about… well, then going to school is actually worth it.
Especially when you’re studying animals!
That’s what I did. No matter where I go from here, no matter what happens next—whether I get accepted into vet school or start working at my
All over the country, college students are moving into their dorms, settling in, and preparing for the busy school year ahead.
But did you know that at an Oregon university, some four-legged freshmen are doing the same?
At Oregon State University, a program called Corvallis Pet Partners places shelter animals in off-campus housing with students who have time to care for them. The animals—current participants include cats and dogs from Linn County Animal Services—get out of the shelter environment and into a home where they can be cared for and socialized. This lowers their stress levels and increases their chances of being adopted into a permanent home.
And it’s not just good for the animals: it’s good for the students too! For those missing their pets from home or looking to combat stress during school, it’s an opportunity to care for an animal without having to make a long-term commitment. Plus, college is all about meeting new people and making connections… right?
Shelters are a great place to find your next furry family member.
Ever get the feeling that your dog is smarter than you? That’s because they probably are.
Dogs are super smart—they can learn thousands of words and phrases, and some can even do complex math problems (that’s more than I can say for myself). They’re also emotional creatures—they can tell when we’re sad and even understand when we’re trying to communicate with them but can’t quite get the words out.
So why on earth don’t we treat them like people?
Well, we should. And that’s exactly what happened at Yale University, where a shelter dog named John was accepted into a class alongside his human classmates. John had spent years being trained by prison inmates before he was adopted by a Yale student who continued his training and socialization in college.
The results? Super positive. Not only did John become an awesome addition to his human classmates’ lives, but they also became an amazing addition to his life, too—he got tons of exercise from playing with other students, got to explore new parts of campus (and off-campus), and got to hang out with lots of potential adopters who would come to meet him at events for the class! It was truly a win-win-win situation. John was adopted