Haven’t we all said at one time or another, “I wish I could save them all?” I know I have. While I know this is not possible, it does feel good knowing that, as a volunteer, I do help to save some. My involvement as a rescue volunteer happened quite by accident. I started small by offering to walk dogs at an adoption event. Over time I made some contacts in the rescue community and was asked to do home visits with potential foster and adoptive individuals and families.
Since that time, I have also started doing volunteer transports, helping to bring shelter dogs to their new foster or adoptive homes. It’s a lot of fun, especially when there are puppies involved, and it is something anyone with a license and a car can do.
Want to help? There are countless ways and even if you do not have a lot of spare time, every little bit can make a big difference. Here are a few ideas.
- Organize a collection drive of food and supplies for your local shelter or rescue.
- Clean out your linen closet and donate blankets and towels to your local shelter or to an organization that distributes them to rescues.
- Offer to spend an hour or two each week walking dogs at a shelter.
- If you sew or knit, perhaps you can make coats or sweaters for shelter dogs.
- Rescues need people to help with fundraising, bookkeeping, etc. Whatever skill you may have, chances are that a shelter or rescue can use your help.
- Have a party and ask people to bring a gift for a shelter pet.
Use your imagination. The sky’s the limit. Even if you can’t foster or adopt, you can still make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. Contact your local shelter or animal rescue organization and ask what you can do to help – then do it! You won’t believe how good it will make you feel.