help homeless petsDuring the holiday season, it’s natural to turn our thoughts toward the needs of those less fortunate. As pet owners and animal lovers, it can be difficult to think of the plight of so many pets who languish in shelters all over the country.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to help homeless pets in your community and beyond, and the benefits are well worth the effort!

Donate Your Time

Organizations such as the SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County are always on the lookout for volunteers looking to donate their time and talents to help homeless pets in our community. Volunteers may help with anything from basic animal care, walking pets, cleaning cages, fundraising, administrative duties, and more.

Gather Supplies

Having enough pet care supplies is critical for the success of any rescue operation. You can help by collecting and donating food, dog beds, blankets, cat litter, and more on your own or by organizing a collection drive at your local school, library, or community center. Each organization has its own specific wish list of needs, so be sure to call ahead first and find out which supplies would best serve the organization of your choice.

The Gift Of Funds

Rescue organizations such as MJ’s Animal Sanctuary and Rude Ranch Animal Rescue are committed to saving animal lives, and rely on monetary donations to keep their doors open. Your donations helps to support the ongoing health and safety of pets by providing money for food, vaccinations, spay/neuter procedures, and so many other critical needs.

Pet Owners Unite

Low-income families often struggle with the cost of pet care, especially during the holiday season. Your donations of pet food and other supplies to your local food bank can keep a family in need from making the difficult decision to surrender a pet due to financial hardship.

Community Action

Donations and volunteers are the bread and butter of so many local rescue operations, and you can increase your community’s awareness of the homeless animal problem through education. Talk with friends and family members about adopting or fostering a pet, the importance of spaying/neutering, etc. Sharing your efforts to help homeless pets or highlighting organizations you support on social media is a great way to spread awareness far and wide.

Are you helping pets in need this year? We’d love to hear about it! Post your efforts on the Highway Veterinary Hospital Facebook page to help spread the word. And as always, we are here to meet your pet care needs and answer any questions you may have about the health of your pet.