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August 2020

5 Ways To Help Your Local Animal Shelter


As pet lovers, we are grateful for the tireless and compassionate work done on behalf of the animals at our local shelters. Many of us would love to do our part in helping out these organizations but are unsure how best to serve. Fortunately there are several options. Financial donations and volunteer workers are always welcome and there are sometimes openings for help with administrative or marketing tasks.

Here are ways that you can help your local shelter:

1. Share adoption profiles on social media
Many of us use at least one of the major social media services to keep in touch with friends and family or to share news and information. Networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can also be useful tools for helping animals in need and for getting the word out about adoptable pets in your area. It takes little effort (it's as simple as sharing a post)  but it can make a big difference in an animal's life. Follow or subscribe to your local shelter's social media site to find the most recent animals up for adoption.

2. Hang up fliers
You can either print out online postings or if you have familiarity with publishing software, you may want to make up a template and produce your own fliers of pets that need homes. You can then stop by vet offices, parks and local adoption events in pet stores and hang them up. This is a great way to get the word out while also establishing some good connections within the pet-care community.

3. Donate wish list items
Shelters are always in need of food, blankets, toys, bedding etc. You could donate items you no longer need or maybe pick up something while shopping to drop off later. You may also try calling hotels for these items or call an office supply store to see if they want to donate paper, envelopes, ink or other items shelters could use.

4. Use an event to fund-raise
Special events are a perfect opportunity to raise funds for animals in need. You could set up a GoFundMe and ask for donations for the entire month of your birthday. Or for your wedding you could set up a registry for donations for your favorite rescue, shelter or charitable cause. You could also throw a party and set up a jar for cash donations.

5. Use your own talents
Take an inventory of your business skills and personal talents and then come up with ways you could utilize them to help out with the animals. Shelters may be in need of carpenters, dog trainers, website designers, accountants or attorneys among many other trades. Contact them and ask if they could use you. Your time and expertise could make a world of difference.

Resources:
Here are links to local shelters in the West Georgia and Metro Atlanta areas:

Carroll County Animal Shelter

Douglas County Animal Shelter

Georgia SPOT Society


Article by: Mike Walker
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Aug 15: National Check the Chip Day
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Aug 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
Aug 26: National Dog Day
Aug 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Aug 30: National Holistic Pet Day

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Ingredients
  • 6-oz. container of plain, non-fat frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup of no-sugar-added fruit juice
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, minced

Directions
  1. Add the yogurt, fruit juice, and carrots into a medium-size bowl. Stir until the ingredients are smooth and well-blended.
  2. Drop the mixture into the ice cube trays by the spoonful.
  3. Freeze until the ingredients are solid.
In Memoriam

Remembering our dear friends who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge
"In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this."
 
~ Terry Pratchett
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