December 4, 2015 | Erin | 12 Comments I give a monthly gift to my local Humane Society and today I received a letter from them thanking me for my efforts and inviting me to do more. Their accomplishments this year include placement of 91% of the animals that were brought to them for help, and providing assistance to more than 2,700 families in my community in the form of low-cost veterinary care and spay/neuter services. It feels tremendous to know that I have had a part in this, helping pet owners and more importantly, the pets themselves. This reminds me that safe for your pet is really all about safe for all pets. While I am sure that I will try to increase my monthly gift in 2016, it is not always possible to give financially. My pets have challenged my budget in recent months, my Boston Terrier had a malignant tumor removed from her leg a few months back and my aged Beagle has become incontinent and always seems to need another test, another medication. So the best of intentions can’t always become a reality. Considering the season, I thought this was the perfect occasion to talk about the countless other ways to help the homeless animals in your community. How You Can Help Local Shelters and Rescue Groups You can be a foster in your home and give a pet more than just food and shelter Donate your time. This is a significant way to help by caring for the animals and helping the facility keep clean and running. Shelters need help taking great photos and videos of available pets Donations help keep a shelter running and many of the items necessary include: Pet food Towels and blankets Newspaper Toys Kitty litter and cat boxes Grooming supplies Leashes, harnesses and collars Crates and carriers Dog and cat beds Paper towels Cleaning supplies Laundry detergent, bleach and fabric softener Flea and tick treatment Food and water bowls Garbage bags, mops and brooms Rubber gloves Hand sanitizer If you are interested in giving a monthly monetary donation, you may wish to consider the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA. For close to 150 years they have made it their mission to end animal abuse and neglect.