Ways You Can Help Homeless Pets This Holiday Season

A puppy peeking through a fence

In a perfect world we could help all animals, regardless of circumstance. If you have ever been to your local animal shelter, you know how hard it is to walk away without adopting them all.

You might not know that there are many great ways you can choose to help homeless pets.

Here are some of Berkeley Veterinary Center’s favorites.

7 Ways to Help Homeless Pets… and Give Yourself Some Holiday Cheer

  1. Donate pet supplies. Shelters and rescues are always in need of extra supplies. Items like dry and wet food, treats, dog waste bags, toys, blankets, and other supplies are in high demand. Call your local shelter for a list of the most needed items. Another fun idea is to get your friends together to sew simple blankets, toys, and dog beds to be delivered around the holidays.

  2. Donate your skills. Nonprofits depend largely on volunteers and can always use a hand. If you have special skills in accounting, marketing, photography, or any other valuable skill, donate your time for a good cause. Even if you don’t have the career skills that apply, there is always a need for dog walkers, kitty snugglers, kennel cleaners, and so many other ways to contribute to the cause. Up your game by enlisting your coworkers or friends to participate.

  3. Fundraise for the cause. Use your creativity, social media savvy, and sales skills to organize a fundraiser. Examples include organizing a group yard sale or car wash. Proceeds can then be donated to your local animal shelter or rescue group. Some choose to form a sponsored 5K or neighborhood walk. Perhaps even a chili cook off, which is perfect for the colder time of year. There are so many fun, creative ways to raise funds!

  4. Donate money. This very necessary act of kindness may not allow you to get on the front lines, but financial support allows shelters to keep their doors open, helping the thousands of animals that come through them. Don’t feel bad if you don’t have the time to volunteer during the busy season. Your monetary gift is ever so appreciated!

  5. Spay and neuter for the cause. We hope you have made the important decision to spay or neuter your own pets, which is one of the most vital ways to prevent pet homelessness. Spread the word among friends, family, and neighbors on the importance of spaying and neutering in the battle against pet overpopulation. Ask a local rescue how you can help educate the public.

  6. Help street pets. If you find a lost or homeless pet, help them stay safe until they get help. Use a separate space for them in your home, away from your own pets, and call a rescue for further guidance and assistance. If it is cold out, provide shelter in a dog house, shed, or other space. Put out water for local homeless pets.

  7. Spread the word. Get the word out about the importance of adoption in the fight against homelessness. Talk to your friends about possibly adding a furry friend to their home this holiday season. Bring your favorite cause to life on social media by talking about the joys of your special adopted pet.

We hope these suggestions give you some great ideas about how to help homeless pets this holiday season (and throughout the year!). The team at Berkeley Veterinary Center support and commend you in taking up this special cause.

Please call us for more suggestions, or to schedule an appointment for your pet.

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