Your Local Animal Rescue Needs You!

by | January 17, 2018

No matter how little or how much you can help, every little bit counts.

Adoption centres for companion animals.

Sanctuaries for rescued farm animals.

Rehabilitation programs for wildlife.

Regardless of what type of creatures they help, all animal rescue organisations have one thing in common: without the generosity of caring individuals like you, they cannot survive.

Adopt

Consider bringing a new furry family member into your home. Adopting a companion animal is a far better option than buying one from a pet store or breeder. Shelter animals are not ‘broken’, ‘aggressive’, or ‘dirty’. They are just down on their luck and need someone like you to give them a new start.

If you can’t adopt…..

Foster

Fostering saves lives. The number of animals who are processed through adoption centres and animal sanctuaries is mind boggling. Foster carers not only ease the strain on the rescue organisation, they also give their foster furkids a more comfortable environment while they wait for their forever home.

Fostering an animal doesn’t just benefit the animals though- your family will love the company and the rewarding feeling of helping their new friend.

If you can’t foster…

Volunteer

Believe it or not, you can even volunteer to help animals if you are allergic to them or don’t like to get dirty! There is always work to be done in an animal rescue organisation, including administration. Of course, someone needs to volunteer to do the dirty work too but they are often the ones who get the most furry cuddles, so it balances out!

Get in touch with an organisation near you or search online for a volunteer position that fits your abilities.

If you can’t volunteer…

Donate

No amount is too small to donate to your local rescue- and it doesn’t necessarily have to be cash! Your companion animal may have turned their nose up at the food you stocked up on but the shelter animals might love it. Plastic paddling pools or soft toys that your kids have outgrown may find new life as dog and cat toys. Old sheets and blankets can keep baby animals warm during the colder months. Even office furniture or supplies may be of use. Always check with your local rescue organisation before donating items to ensure they can be used.

Consider other ways to donate too- ask family and friends to donate in lieu of birthday or wedding gifts, leave a gift in your will, or find out whether your employer can donate a percentage of your wages each payday.

If you can’t donate…

Educate

Everyone can educate! Follow your local rescue on social media and share their posts. Encourage family and friends looking purchase an animal to adopt instead. Share delicious vegan recipes. Make watering stations for wildlife with the kids. Educate yourself as best you can so you are always armed with up to date information.

We can all help in some way. Raising compassionate children helps too! Each child that is raised to respect their fellow Earthlings will continue these efforts to help animals in need.

Kate Timmins. I’m a first time mama living in beautiful Adelaide, South Australia. When I’m not at home enjoying the company of my partner, our gorgeous baby boy, and our five rescue cats I love to spend my time walking along our local beaches and trying new foods from the growing number of vegan eateries in our city. I’m proud to be a foster carer for my local animal rescue; I believe that saving one animal may not change the world, but it will change the world for that animal! Follow me on Instagram for Cats, baby, beaches, and tasty vegan food.

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