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Adopt a shelterADOPT A SHELTER

Animal shelters across the nation are filled with countless thousands of cats and dogs needing forever homes. If animal lovers had their ways, these homeless creatures would fill their homes and shelters would be empty.

Unfortunately, many of us are already filled to capacity, and some can’t have animals at all where they’re at. But we still want to help these animals in need.

If you can’t adopt from your local shelter, there are still many ways you can help this cause. Of course there’s the usual method – donating. But sometimes our pocket books can’t keep up with what we’d like to give.

Don’t be dismayed – there’s still a slew of different ways to adopt a shelter and help the animals.


Most shelters are understaffed and underfunded. They don’t have enough hands to go around. Adopting a local shelter by donating your time is a much appreciated gift.

Donate by giving your time at the shelter: cleaning, walking animals, petting cats, putting up flyers, helping at events.

Donate by sharing your expertise: Help with a web page, write articles or grants, help with office work, photography, accounting or legal services.


Check with your local shelter to see what items are on their wish list. Many appreciate donations of new or gently used bedding (beds, blankets, and towels), crates, or toys.

Food, litter and cleaning supplies are always appreciated.

Mother Nature Network has an excellent article with 25 ways to help your local shelter. They mention scanning Craig’s List or Freecycle for items that would be useful at your adopted shelter.


Like your local shelter on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter. Share their posts to help find homes for the animals there. (They don’t have a Facebook page? Volunteer to set one up for them.)

Low Country Dog magazine has a link to Twitter a Critter, a web application that helps spread the word about pets that need adopted.


Get crafty and create some useful items for your local shelter. BarkPost has a post with 12 creative ways to help animal shelters. They include instructions on how to make a pet bed from an old sweater.

The Humane Society has a post with 10 ways to help your local animal shelter or rescue. They mention several ways to get crafty, with links for different toys to make, braiding strips of fleece and making DIY cat toys from empty toilet paper rolls.

Have you adopted a local animal shelter or rescue? What ways do you help out?


Abandoned kittens continue finding their way to Trisha’s north Texas home. After Scooter and his two sisters were saved from a feral life, she thought that was the last of the new arrivals. (They share their story in Scooter’s Tale.) But…after that came Jasper, and then Onyx. This past April little Piper joined the family after feral Mama moved her kittens before a big storm, but didn’t come back for Piper. A month later Onyx’s sister, CeeCee, walked in the house (very pregnant) and hasn’t left, even after giving birth to six coal black kittens – who now rule the household and think they’re related to gray tabby Piper.


Sunday, August 26th: Today is for the dogs; it’s NATIONAL DOG DAY. Sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation, they share a slew of ideas about how to celebrate the day. Below are a few, for the rest go check out their site

  • Adopt a dog from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk a dog or play with a dog, clean cages or anything else they need help with.
  • Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.
  • Have a National Dog Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!
  • Join a fun, dog friendly community online and post pics of your pooch for the world to ooh and ahh over!
  • Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog.
  • Buy your dog a fun new dog toy.
  • Give your dog some fun exercise by taking him or her to a doggy play resort.
  • Brush your dog to eliminate excess fur.
  • Give your dog a massage or holistic spa treatment.
  • Buy your dog a new collar.
  • Take your dog on a pet friendly vacation.
  • Buy yourself and your dog some matching tee shirts!
  • Create a Facebook page for your dog to share photos and stories for friends and family.
  • Dog-proof your pool to prevent the risk of drowning.
  • Microchip & I.D. Tag your dog so the shelter can locate you if he gets lost.
  • Teach your children and their friends to be kind to your dog by never pulling on his ears or tail.
  • Pledge to walk your dog every day for proper health and behavior management.
  • Install a fence around your unfenced yard so your dog can run and enjoy some freedom at home.
  • Pledge to never chain your dog to a tree or doghouse. Always include your dog in your family by letting him live inside the home with you.
  • And last but not least – pledge to never yell at or hit your dog…to be patient and kind and give your dog lots of love and praise every day.

April 2021

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