September 11, 2016 | Erin | 8 Comments Last holiday season, I wrote a post about items that are in need by every animal rescue and shelter. Often times it is impossible to find extra funds in a holiday budget, and while we cannot write out a check, this list helps guide donations that we are capable of giving. Since Safe For Your Pet includes helping homeless pets, I thought I would update my readers with other ways of giving. Whether it is a lack of funds or time, you should be able to find something here that would allow for you to donate. Before I jump into today’s topic, I would like to take a moment to share a website that was given to me by one of my readers. It is a very unique site and I recommend taking a moment to check it out. Not only is it a portal to help pets, it is also an adoption site. What makes it unique is the live webcams that allow you to view pets as they go about their day. What a brilliant tool, one that I hope to see more shelters incorporate. The site also allows you to communicate with the shelter to let them know that a certain animal is the pet for you! http://animalslife.net Locate local shelters or rescue groups and let them know that you would like to volunteer. Ask what their needs are and let them know how your skills, and your time, could help meet those needs. Don’t be afraid of being creative. You may have a talent or special skill that could be put to use. You may even come up with new ways to benefit the shelter and the pets. Simple Ways To Help Walk dogs – dogs not only need the outdoor time for bathroom business, but exercise is especially important for those dogs that may be under stress being in a shelter setting. Visit cats – they need the human interaction and they love to be played with and petted. Drive a pet – shelters may need help getting pets to veterinarian appointments or to foster homes or adoption events. Hang Fliers – Announcing events or advertising animals that are available for adoption, fliers should be posted where they would be expected such as pet stores, vet offices, and dog parks. Share pet profiles – this is easy to do on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest accounts and may help a pet find their forever home. Skilled Ways To Help Crafters – Homemade pet bedding and toys can be made using old clothing and towels. Popular no sew fleece blankets are great for pets – both of my dogs have these and love them! An internet search can provide both instructions and videos on how to make anything that dogs and cats would like. DIY Experts – People that are skilled in carpentry and can make repairs to buildings and facilities would be providing invaluable help. Professional Ways To Help Lawers – Shelters and Rescues are required to operate legally and would benefit from legal advice Writers – From pet profiles to flyers to newsletters, the skill of a professional writer would be a great asset. Photographers – Quality photos and video are essential to present every special pet with their special personality. Web Designers – A professional website is a must for organizations helping homeless animals. It is a portal for pet profiles, for events, fundraising efforts, and blogs. Social Media Wiz – Generating interest in adoptable pets, fundraising and spreading shelter news will benefit immeasurably through platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The person skilled in social media is a must. Ways To Fundraise Gift events – For weddings or birthdays request that donations be made to shelters or rescues in place of gifts. Work – request financial donations from co-workers, hold a pet supplies donation request or enlist co-workers for other ideas in generating support. Online fundraising – consider using a site like gofundme.com to raise donations. Get creative, add excitement and incentives to get people to go online and donate. The last important way to help that I would like to mention is to foster a pet. Many shelters are overpopulated and they count on volunteers that can open their homes to animals awaiting adoption. So many animals are under a lot of stress in shelters that a foster home can be a place where they can relax and let their personality shine. This will make it easier to know the type of forever home and family that a pet needs. This also frees up room in the shelter for more pets to be rescued and it goes without saying how very rewarding it would be to help an animal in this way.