By now you probably know how much we love furry friends—our own pets, those of others and those who are waiting to become bona fide pets. So, it won’t come as a surprise that we’ll use our own blog to shamelessly promote the organizations that work to the benefit of (hopefully temporarily) homeless pets and use it as a platform to request your help.
Nearly every month is dedicated to raising awareness of some pet/animal-related issue. Last month, for instance, was Pet First Aid Awareness. Next month, we’ll look forward to Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month. But in the here and now—May 2013—the focus is on feeding homeless pets.
According to ASPCA, nationwide, between five and seven million companion animals (mostly dogs and cats) are taken into shelters every year—some surrendered by owners, some picked up by municipal animal control services. In New Mexico, there are hundreds of animals that call places like Animal Humane New Mexico and Watermelon Mountain Ranch home. Those lovable bundles of fur and energy need to be fed and bathed and given a safe, comfortable, clean environment, but that doesn’t come cheap.
To care for homeless dogs and cats, these organizations (and others like them) are always in need of:
- Dog food
- Cat food
- Cleaning supplies (including laundry detergent and bleach)
- Paper towels
Each organization will provide different kinds of space/sleeping arrangements for their guests, so shelters may also need pet bedding, kennels/crates/carriers, etc.
How You Can Help
Of course you can always donate money so that your “pet” shelter (that’s a pun…get it?) can buy the items they need. You can donate your time, particularly to help with adoption events that help get homeless animals homes. But, if you don’t have the time or allergies prevent you from volunteering comfortably, yet you want the satisfaction of knowing how your money is helping shelter dogs and cats, you can buy the stuff that shelters need and donate it directly.
What do shelters need? Check out their wish lists to find out:
Every little bit helps. And if you can go fetch a friend to help, that helps a little bit more. So spread the word. Together, we can all help sustain the organizations that sustain the animals who are waiting to find the object of their unconditional loyalty.