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How You Can Help Your Local Shelter

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Jenna Pringle is the marketing manager at Seattle Humane. To learn more about this amazing organization, please visit them and check out the amazing dogs that are available for adoption or foster.

The importance of volunteering at your local shelter:

So, most shelters are run by volunteers. Many shelters are outnumbered by the hundreds of volunteers even and so it’s really important to volunteer and get back to your local shelter. They often have weekly shifts, monthly shifts or if you just want foster that’s definitely more flexible.

In what other ways can you help your local shelter or rescue?

Shelters and rescues can often take advantage of any of your talents from animal care to writing, web developments and it just depends on about the capacity of your local shelter. Some other ways to get involved if you can’t adopt, foster or volunteer, is obviously to donate. You can donate cash or every shelter has a list of much-needed items often like food or toys or whatever it is that they might need for their particular animals. But also sharing a dog’s profile on social media brings that visibility about that particular animal to thousands.


What are some things you can donate to a shelter beside money?

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your local shelter or rescue and ask them if they have a list of items that they are in need.

  • Pet food and treats.
  • Towels and blankets
  • Kitty litter and cat boxes
  • Collars, harnesses, and leashes
  • Grooming supplies
  • Toys
  • Crates and carriers
  • Paper towels and cleaning supplies
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener, and bleach
  • Dog and cat beds and dog houses
  • Heating pads
  • Office supplies
  • Food bowls