Opinion, Siskiyou

An Animal Lover’s Guide to Helping Neglected Pets in Your Community

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.

Promote the Work You’re Doing to Get Others Involved

Rally your community to help support animals in need.

Adopt a Pet of Your Own

Set an example and bring a needy animal into your home.

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.

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