Top Ten Tips on How to Help Your Local Animal

It is Fun and Rewarding to Help Animals Says Igor Purlantov

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Animal lovers are often looking for ways to give back to animal charities or their local animal shelters according to animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov.  When researching an animal charity, a good place to start is Charity Navigator according to Wikipedia.

As for animal shelters, it is good to first ask family and friends as there is a good chance one of them has adopted a pet from a local shelter either directly or through websites such as Pet Finder says Igor Purlantov

Once you have chosen an animal charity or local animal shelter that you would like to give back to, figure out how you can reasonably help, which can including donating money or time according to Wikipedia.  Here is a list of ten great ways you can help out your local animal shelter or charity according to Igor Purlantov.

  1. Donate a bag of dry cat or dog food.  You can buy large bags of dry pet food at Costco that should help feed the bellies of several animals says Igor Purlantov.
  2. Ensure that bedtime is extra cozy for the shelter animals and donate old sheets, towels and t-shirts.
  3. Raise awareness in your neighborhood on the importance of having pets tagged since animal shelters spend a lot of time and money trying to reunite lost pets with their families according to Igor Purlantov.
  4. Post a photo of a shelter pet in need of adoption on your Facebook page or other social media page.
  5. Make a financial donation to the ASPCA or to your local shelter to help ensure that all homeless pets find a new home says Igor Purlantov.
  6. Volunteer to help with assorted tasks including feeding the animals, keeping their kennels clean, walking dogs, and brushing and grooming cats and dogs so they look their best when they are up for adoption.
  7. Offer to collect any supplies that the shelter may need including newspapers, books about animals and how to care for them, pens, pencils, and other office supplies says Igor Purlantov.
  8. Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered and encourage family, neighbors and friends to spay or neuter their pets as well.
  9. Always mention the local animal shelter whenever you hear someone say they are thinking of getting a pet, whether it is a cat, a dog or even a rabbit says Igor Purlantov.
  10. Make special toys to keep shelter animals socialized and happy which will in turn make it easier for them to be adopted.  You can use tennis balls for puppies or pipe-cleaners to craft toys for kitties.
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