So you want to help your local shelter, but aren’t sure how. Do you love animals, wish you could adopt a pet, but aren’t living in the right situation to do so at this time? Even if you aren’t in a place to adopt a shelter pet at this time, you can help so much by becoming an animal shelter volunteer in more ways than one.  Read these helpful tips and you will be making a difference in no time!

1)    Donate. 
If you have tons of spare change in your pockets and wallets that you don’t know what to do with, the best way to spend it would be to donate it.  Every penny counts.  Money donated to shelters goes towards animals’ medical bills, maintenance of the building, toys and food for the animals and so much more.

2)    Volunteer. 

Shelters are always looking for volunteers.  You will have a number of responsibilities that will allow you to build relationships with the animals, the people you are working with and the community.  Volunteers are one of the most important aspects of shelters.  They essentially keep the organizations running.

3)    Adopt!
It’s understandable if you cannot adopt a pet right now or simply aren’t interested, however, if you are, adopting a pet from your local shelter is the perfect way to support it.  You will provide an animal with a better life than it had before, as well as supporting the existence of shelters.

4)    Foster. 
Fostering pets has become more popular these days.  A person who “fosters” an animal keeps it at their home temporarily until someone decides to officially adopt it.  Shelters are always looking for foster parents to prevent overcrowding.  This is the perfect option for an animal lover who cannot afford to take care of an animal on their own for the long term.

5)    Advertise.
Volunteering to help advertise your local animal shelter will definitely help to keep it running.  Talk about the shelter with your friends, co-workers and family to see if anyone is looking to adopt or volunteer.  The more people you can recruit to help out at the shelter, the better.  If you use Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus, you can post information about your local shelter, the adoptable pets available and how others can help support the shelter.  Some shelters allow volunteers to write newsletters which are a great way to keep members, supporters, adopters and the public informed about what the shelter does and what it needs. 

All of these are exceptional ways to become an animal shelter volunteer.  No matter what you choose to do, you are making a difference to more than one animal’s life.  You don’t have to be an animal expert to help out at an animal shelter either—most of them will allow people who don’t have experience with animals at all to volunteer.  All you have to do is pick up the phone and call your local shelter, or make a trip there in order to start making a difference!

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