The sight of neglected or abandoned pets in your community can be heartbreaking. As an animal lover, you undoubtedly want to help. That said, you can’t give every unwanted cat or dog in your area a home yourself. Instead, find ways to help your furry friends more broadly. Here are some tips and tools from Siskiyou News to help.
Support Charities and Volunteer Agencies
Many animal welfare agencies rely on the generosity of people like you.
- Search an online database for local animal support groups using your zip code.
- You can also check with your veterinarian to see if there are nonprofits in your area that they recommend supporting.
- Cast a wider net by looking for nationwide charities you can support.
- If you can’t donate money, consider donating goods like food and toys.
- Another option is to volunteer your time, for example, by fostering kittens or walking dogs.
Consider Starting Your Own Nonprofit
If you don’t find charities in your area, why not start your own? These tools can help.
- Learn how to officially register a nonprofit in your area.
- Educate yourself about the tax requirements for nonprofits.
- Learn how to avoid conflicts of interest for your new charity.
- Raise the money you need for your nonprofit using diverse tactics, from creating donation pages online to launching crowdfunding campaigns.
Promote the Work You’re Doing to Get Others Involved
Rally your community to help support animals in need.
- Host a fundraising event to gather money for area charities.
- Motivate local volunteers using best practices like pinpointing common goals and boosting team spirit.
- Raise awareness and promote your nonprofit by creating business cards—you can try this online business card generator.
- Use special events to promote your work.
Adopt a Pet of Your Own
Set an example and bring a needy animal into your home.
- Learn about the requirements for adopting a pet.
- Protect your new pet by pet-proofing your home and yard.
- Consider purchasing pet insurance. Before choosing this option, check cost, coverage, and deductibles.
Do Your Part
Animals are an important part of your community, which is one reason why you want to make sure they’re happy and healthy. While you can’t care for every four-legged creature yourself, there are steps you can take to help more widely. Whether you support a local organization or start your own, take steps to care for the animals who need your help.