puppykissesblog (puppykissesblog) wrote,

Support Your Local Shelters!

...So, OK, don't donate the cat! But there are other ways you can support your local animal shelter and the innocent, homeless critters hoping for a new forever home.

Most of us live near one or more shelters. Some are municipal, others private. But pretty much all of them are short of resources -- space, money, help, or all three -- and even moreso in these tough economic times.

We animal lovers can, of course, contribute money to shelters, humane associations and rescue groups. Most shelters can also use donations of clean blankets and towels. If your dog has toys she never plays with, the homeless doggies might appreciate them. And if you have food your pet didn't like, or no longer eats, many shelters welcome donations of fresh food as well.

Many soft-hearted souls say they can't even go into a shelter because they want to adopt all the homeless animals. But even if you can't do that -- or adopt even a single one -- there are other ways you can help make their lives more comfortable while they're waiting to become someboy's well-loved companion. To find out what your local shelter can use, please give them a call or check their websites.

Howard Weinstein started Day One Dog Training in Howard County, Maryland in 1998. You can reach him through www.dayonedogtraining.com. He's also the author of Puppy Kisses are Good for the Soul & Other Important Lessons You & Your Dog Can Teach Each Other (available in both paperback and e-book at Amazon.com or www.dayonedogtraining.com).

Tags: animal shelters, donations

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