Seemingly everybody loves animals. Whether they’re dogs, cats, birds, or fish, most people have a sweet spot in their hearts for animals. However, far too many pets live in underserved communities right here in the United States.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, some 23 million pets take home in underserved communities.
Doesn’t it feel bad to know that tens of millions of innocent animals are owned by people who can’t afford to make ends meet with much leeway, let alone pay for proper animal care!
Commend pet shops that don’t source pups from puppy mills
Hundreds of pet stores across the United States have ceased their practices of sourcing juvenile dogs from so-called puppy mills. Shout them out on social media, tell your friends about them, or leave good reviews on those pet shops’ pages.
Not everybody can afford to give money to charitable causes. However, most people will find that giving less than 10 dollars – any donation with a single-digit dollar value is a good place to start.
Conduct a bake sale
Go hang out with pups
Dogs are more often found in animal shelters than any other type of animal in the United States. Since dogs are also the most popular pet, go visit a dog pound or animal shelter and give some lonely puppers love and company.
Build a dog house
Just as some individuals and households are in need, dogs can be legitimately needy in the same way humans can. Consider constructing a sturdy, spacious dog house and donating it to a local animal shelter for their own use or to distribute elsewhere.
Clean a shelter
Shelters are run through donations, volunteers, and severely restricted government funding. Pledge your time to a local shelter and offer to clean.
If possible, politely stick up for animals.
Many people think Pit Bulls are inherently bad dogs. This is false. If you can politely convince someone otherwise, go for it!
Look to social media
Share an animal-related issue of your choosing with your friends and followers on social media.
Give items to animal shelters
Don’t bring trash to animal shelters, but consider asking operators of animal shelters if they need your used belongings.
Fund an adoption
Many people can’t afford dog adoptions because vaccinations and neutering cost too much. Pay for the adoption of a dog at your local shelter – be part of the three-plus million animals that get adopted each year.
If you’re not ready to adopt, don’t do it. However, if you’re willing to be responsible, adopt away!
Landscape in the name of animals
Do society a favor and become a vet tech by taking on college courses – for example, one that offers a certificate III in captive animals upon completion.
Trap and neuter a cat
Cats are more frequently found as strays across the US than any other animal. If you can do so without getting hurt, consider trapping a street cat and taking it to get neutered.
What are your favorite ways to help animals?
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