How to Indirectly Help Animals in Need

9 Ways to Indirectly Help Shelter and Rescue Animals

“I could never foster. I’d want to keep them all.” “My heart breaks just walking into a shelter, so I could not volunteer there.” These are just two of the many reasons I hear from people who care about animals, but can’t directly help with fostering or volunteering at a shelter. I truly wish more people would get over those reasons. Animals are my ultimate passion in life (so much so that I am even vegan). I get super emotional when it comes to animals, including ones I’ve never met. There have been plenty of fosters that were so hard to give up. However, you learn to work around those emotions or you just realize it’s a selfless act. Learn about my volunteer/rescue story here.

If you still don’t think you can stomach fostering or volunteering in a shelter, there are plenty of other ways you can help indirectly. Plus, I know some people want to help in those ways, but cannot due to schedule, lifestyle, and other factors out of their control. I’m a big believer that doing something is better than nothing. Imagine if we all did a small something. We could make so much progress in the world.
So here are nine ways you can easily help rescues or shelters without fostering or volunteering within the facility.


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Support Rescue Events or Fundraisers

Rescues cannot function without donations. Sometimes rescue groups will host events or fundraisers to help with the costs of rescuing. This can be a fun, simple way to help the animals. Groups often have 5k races, galas, silent auctions, shows, and more to benefit their group. This is always a great way to meet like minded people too.

Speak Up for Animals

It’s cliche, but if you see something, say something. It might be easier to turn a cheek to something wrong, but you could be saving a life by speaking up. This could be something as simple as speaking up about the importance of spay/neuter or something like reporting neglect. Animals do not have voices, so it is important for us to speak up for them if we want change.

Be a Responsible Pet Owner

Honestly, one of the easiest ways to help rescues and shelters is to be a responsible pet owner yourself. No facility needs more owner surrenders. There is not a shortage of animals in need. Instead of giving up on your pet and trying to dump it on others, try other routes such as training, seeing a vet, fundraising, etc. If there were more responsible owners there would not be as much of a need for shelters or rescue groups.

There you have it! There are plenty of ways to get involved and help animals. Remember, doing something is better than nothing! 🙂

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