Even though you may consider yourself to be an animal lover, you may not own pets or may want to find new ways to help animals. Here are three simple ways to begin helping animals, whether they're in your neighborhood or across the globe. These suggestions will help get you started on a path that will lead to increasing the well-being and welfare of animals.
- Volunteer at an animal rescue or shelter. There are many positions available for volunteers at animal care and control or rescue organizations, from doing simple office work like mailings and filings to the more hands-on tasks like dog walking, animal grooming and even training. For those who may desire the companionship of an animal in their home but may not be ready for the years-long commitment of owning an animal, many breed rescue and shelter organizations offer fostering programs which allow you to keep the animal in your care until an adoptive family can be found for the animal. This can include a mother cat and her kittens, litters of puppies and adult cats and dogs waiting on adoption. Contact your local animal shelter or breed rescue organization to find out more information about volunteering opportunities.
- Donate. There are several organizations to which you can donate in your community and worldwide specifically set-up for the benefit of animals. With a little research, you can find an animal cause to support which fits with your values and goals for the future of animal welfare. Whether you want to help save the whales or you'd like to increase spay and neuter programs to curb the pet overpopulation problem, any of these organizations welcome donations.
- Become a member of a national animal welfare organization. Several animal welfare organizations have been established worldwide with the goal of educating people about animal welfare causes, recruiting support and increasing general animal welfare. The American Humane Association has an animal welfare division which supports the education of animal care and control workers as well as monitoring the sets of motion pictures and television shows to ensure humane handling of animals used in acting. The Humane Society of the United States rescues animals left behind in natural disasters, promotes legislation to protect animals in Washington, and works to better the treatment of animals used for research purposes. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigates puppy mills and illegal animal trades and works with educators to promote a humane curriculum in schools across the country.
By becoming a member of any of these important organizations you will receive email updates, newsletters and calls to action on a regular basis.