You can find homeless dogs virtually everywhere. There are so many dogs out there that are left without a home and end up being displaced at a shelter for several reasons that shelters are a good first place to volunteer your time. If you are seriously thinking about helping any of these homeless dogs but aren't sure what to do, the best way to improve the lives of any shelter dogs is to adopt one. Giving any of these dogs a good home is the single most important thing that you can do. But if adopting a dog is just not an option for you right now, then there are several other things that you can do to help better the lives of many shelter dogs.
Below are seven suggestions to keep in mind if you are interested in doing this. 1. First, visit your local animal shelter and spend as much time as you can with the dogs. Donating some of your time to simply hang out and play with these canine residents can make a huge difference in their lives.
A lot of the time, the shelter staff are very busy with their regular work and simply don't have the extra time to play with any of the dogs. Shelter employees can always use the help of others to come and play and socialize with these animals. Shelter workers will be more than happy to show you around the shelter and help you figure out what you can do to help. As a volunteer, you can give them a little extra pampering by brushing their coats, taking the dogs for a walk around the block or just being there to hang out with them. Usually shelter dogs get very little attention and socialization, and a short visit with them does a lot to improve their overall well-being. 2.
You can also volunteer to be a doggie foster parent and keep a rescued dog at your home until he or she finds a permanent, full-time home. This also goes a great way in helping the dog to adjust to family life. The overall socialization just can't be beat! 3. You can also volunteer to take these dogs to an obedience class that will better their chances for a possible adoption.
Behavior problems are the #1 reason many dogs are given up in the first place - a trained dog will be much easier to adopt out. 4. Sponsor fund raising parties for the shelter and donate all the cash to your local rescue organization. You may also ask for donations of items that you can bring to the shelter such as: blankets, food and treats, collars, leashes, toys, kennels, etc. 5.
Help wash and groom the dogs and then bring them to adoption fairs. 6. Inform people about all upcoming dog adoptions and fairs and by being a shelter volunteer try placing an ad in your local paper or putting up flyers on bulletin boards and at dog parks. 7.
Last but not the least, keep in mind that the best way to prevent shelter overcrowding is to spay or neuter your pets and to spread the word about the benefits of getting these house pets fixed. Just following any of these methods can go a long way in helping the overcrowded situations in shelters all over the world. A little bit of your time can go a long way in any shelter dogs life.
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