Season’s Greetings! This time of year is the season of giving, as many people try to do what they can to help out their favorite charities. There are many wonderful ones out there doing all they can to help animals. If you’re an animal lover, you may be interested in finding ways to help promote good animal welfare. A Sarasota, FL vet makes some suggestions in this article.
Many animal shelters rely on donations from patrons to keep their doors open and provide food, shelter, and veterinary care for the animals in their keeping. Monetary donations are always welcome, but many also need supplies, such as toys, litter, and food.
If your budget is tight, or if you prefer to contribute in a different way, look into opportunities for volunteering and fostering. This isn’t just about cleaning cages or walking dogs: you may also be able to help by taking pictures, or even by participating in TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release) programs. These help combat pet overpopulation—which is a huge animal welfare issue here in the Sunshine State—by catching strays, fixing them, and then releasing them. Call around, and see what’s needed.
If you create arts, crafts, or goods, you have another opportunity to help. Donate the proceeds from a specific piece or pieces to a shelter. Auctions can be great options here.
As the war in Ukraine drags on, the situation for many animals in the area has become quite dire. There are several reputable organizations you can go through, such as the Humane Society International and the International Fund For Animal Welfare.
Host An Event
Want to combine all of the above? Consider putting a charitable twist on a seasonal event. If you’re hosting—or even attending—a party, take the opportunity to collect goods, such as pet food or litter, which you can then drop off. You can also host an auction, bake sale, or lottery, with the proceeds going to a charity of your choice.
There are some serious caveats to this one. The big one? Don’t adopt an animal unless you are able to commit to caring for it for the rest of its life. That said, if the time and circumstances are right, go for it!
Happy Holidays from all of us here at your Sarasota, FL pet clinic. Please contact us anytime!