The purpose of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is to honor the shelters that offer care for so many abandoned and lost animals in order to help them find homes. This week-long event takes place in November each year. Furthermore, it praises the people who assist shelters in their efforts to keep pets healthy. Dogs and cats are some of the most popular pets in the United States, but pet homelessness is a serious problem here. Every year, 70 million stray animals are in America. It is estimated that 8 million of these animals end up in animal shelters. There are 3,500 animal shelters in the country, where pets are offered a second chance.
Animal rescue organizations would cease to exist if it weren't for the community's support. National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is the perfect time to express our gratitude to animal shelters and rescues. Here are a few ideas on how you can show your support and gratitude to a nearby animal shelter and help out.
1. Visit an animal shelter
If you live near an animal shelter, why not make a trip to visit the animals there? Visiting your local animal shelter is a great way to help out the pets living there, while also celebrating National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. You can volunteer at the shelter, or simply visit the animals to make they stay a little more enjoyable.
2. Help out in your local shelter
If you have the time, consider making a few visits to your local animal shelter to help out with various tasks. You could help out with feeding the animals, cleaning out their kennels, or doing some general gardening work. Whatever you’re able to do, your local animal shelter will be massively grateful for any help you can provide!
3. Adopt a pet
Not only is adopting a pet an amazing way to help out your local animal shelter, but it’s also a great way to start a new chapter in your life with a new furry friend by your side. Adopting a pet from your local animal shelter is a great way to help your local shelter, while also ensuring that the pet finds a loving home. Not only does adopting a pet from a shelter give that animal a new home, but it also gives space for other pets in the shelter to be adopted as well. Adopting a pet is a great way to help out your local animal shelter, and you’ll get a friend for life in the process!
4. Donate your unwanted items
If you have any old items that you no longer need or use, why not donate these to your local animal shelter? You can either bring them to the shelter or drop them off, making sure to get in touch with them first to let them know what you’re planning to do. Your local shelter will be able to make use of anything you donate, whether it’s cages, beds, toys, or other items. Donating your unused items is a great way to help out your local animal shelter, while also getting rid of items you don’t need anymore. Another option to donate items to your local animal shelter is to set up a donation box at home. If you have any items you don’t need anymore, but know they’d be useful to your local shelter, put them in the box and drop them off whenever you have time. Your local animal shelter will be grateful for any items you donate!
5. Be a responsible pet owner!
Another approach to help animal shelters is to act as a conscientious pet owner. Keeping your pet spayed or neutered prevents litters that are unwanted or unintended and keeps your pet from contributing to a large number of pets looking for homes. It is also a great way to show responsibility for your pet by keeping your pet's identification on at all times. The most reliable and long-term method to identify your pet is to microchip them and keep the information up to date. Accidents happen, so keeping your pet's ID on at all times is always a good idea.
6. Show your support online
While it may not seem like much, showing your support for animal shelters online is a great way to celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. Whether you use social media or other online platforms, you can encourage others to get involved in the celebrations. You could share stories and pictures of animals available for adoption in your area, or even create your content such as memes and GIFs to help spread the word. Showing your support online is a great way to get the celebrations for NASAW started, and you may even inspire others to get involved too!
Celebrating National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is a great way to show your support for local shelters and the animals they care for. You can get involved by having a cleaning day, donating your unwanted items, adopting a pet, visiting an animal shelter, helping out in your local shelter, and showing your support online. There are plenty of ways you can celebrate this week, and the more people who get involved, the better!