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10 Amazing Ways to Support Your Local Pet Rescues

Posted by Polly Godwin on

Local dog rescue groups can always use these 10 things.

Chances are, you have a local pet rescue shelter in your community. You’re an animal lover, have pets of your own, and would love to help. But, in the hectic pace of everyday life, you’ve forgotten to call and check in to see what they need. Ok, it happens. Here are 10 valuable ways that you can contribute and help out that local shelter.

So, whether you love dogs, cats, ferrets, or reptiles, you can be a very valuable resource to pets in need. While some of these are monetary donations, others are not. Anything you can do or donate from this list of items below will certainly be appreciated.


Most pet shelters are run on tight budgets with volunteers. There’s usually only money in the shelter budget for building utilities, food, and veterinary bills. Therefore, these volunteers often open up their own wallets to help make the pets more comfortable. Donating money is awesome because the shelter coordinator knows the most urgent needs and can spend the money according to where it will do the most good.

Your local pet rescue always needs money.

Volunteer Hours:

Do you love playing with dogs or cats? Spend a couple of hours a week at the shelter. You can offer to walk dogs, play with kitties, office cleaning, help with feeding or kennel cleanups, or answer the telephones. Anything that you can do, according to your own abilities, is needed. There’s really no special experience needed. Most rescues would love the help from any animal lover who wants to pitch in for a few hours to a few days per week.

Save Old Newspapers:

If you subscribe to a newspaper, save them for the local shelter after you’re done reading them. While you’d normally recycle them at your curb, the pet rescue puts them to multiple uses.

They might use them to shred them into a free means of animal bedding, kitty litter, puppy pee-pee pads, or even to clean the windows of the facility so they sparkle for potential adopters. Pet rescues are very creative with finding ways to use this free resource.

Save up those old newspapers and put them to great use.

Play the Role of Santa Paws:

Around the holidays, families start to consider pet adoption to satisfy their children’s wishes for a new furry buddy. That’s where you come in. Play “Santa Paws.” You’ll help the pets look their cutest by purchasing and donating collars, leashes, or harnesses. In turn, the pets will look irresistible and you’ll help them find a new fur-ever home in time for Christmas.

Social Media Skills:

Are you a social media influencer with awesome promotional skills? Even if you don’t have time to drive to the shelter to volunteer or money to donate, you can utilize your mad media influence! Offer to post photos of adoptable pets across your social media, blog, or website.

If the pet rescue has a blog or social channels, they’ll probably be glad to allow you to grab photos to share. If they don’t have one, offer to help them get one started.

Help pet rescue groups create social posts in your spare time.

Save Plastic Bags:

Poop happens, and a lot of it at pet rescues. Save up your plastic grocery store bags to donate to a local rescue. Many rescue groups go through plastic bags as quickly as they can replenish them as they are a free resource.

One note. Do their volunteers and workers a big favor and don’t save bags with holes in them. Ick.

Emergency Foster Care:

If you really have the heart for it, providing emergency foster care for a dog or cat it can literally save their life. There are a few reasons that shelter dogs or cats need to move into foster care.

  • 1.The shelter is out of space. If a pet is in a kill shelter, you can take a pet off the “red list” and out of harm’s way.
  • 2.Some animals are sweet but can’t be adopted until they learn social skills and manners. Taking in a pet with a good temperament but who needs to learn the rules of the pack boosts his chances of finding a great permanent home.
  • 3.There are dogs and cats who have physical disabilities. Injuries, or illnesses. They might need special one-on-one care as you nurse them back to health and into the loving arms of a new family.

Your Time Running a Fundraiser:

If you have any experience at planning or implementing fundraisers, the pet shelter will welcome your expertise with open arms. Fundraising is a necessary means of keeping pets in shelters cared for. Unfortunately, with their tiny budgets and even tinier staffs, it’s often shifted to a back burner and monies raised are limited.

If you can step up to the plate and kick off a fabulous fundraiser of any kind, you’ll be a hero to dogs and cats in need.

Recycle Towels and Linens:

If you’re planning to purchase new towels, sheets, or blankets, consider giving your old ones to a pet shelter. Even though you’re replacing them because they look ratty and faded, I promise you that the pets don’t care! They can be utilized for pet bedding, bathing days, or cleaning rags.

While you’re fixing up a donation box, clean out your drawer of old t-shirts—they’ll gladly put those to use, also!

Towels are a must-have for every dog rescue.

Cleaning Supplies:

If you want to make a budget-friendly contribution, shop for some cleaning supplies to donate. Reputable shelters strive to keep the environment clean to make it appealing to prospective adopters as well as to ensure staff and animal health.

They need any cleaning items you can think of:

  • Laundry soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Spray cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Mops
  • Trash can liners
  • Dusting spray
  • Paper towels

Pretty much, if you think they can use an item to maintain cleanliness, they probably can!

Pet rescues will accept any cleaning supplies you can share.

Final Advice:

Supporting your local pet rescue will keep them in the business of helping those pets who need their care. Check the rescue shelter’s website or give them a call to ask them what they need. They will be glad to tell you and welcome your donation of time, goods, or money.