Need a Better Way to Spend Your Time? Start Volunteering at the Animal Shelter!

Maybe your landlord won’t let you have pets. Maybe you’ve already got four cats, but you wish you could do more. Maybe you’re just sick of kicking back with the TV all weekend and you’d like a better way to spend your time.

Whatever your reasons, you couldn’t think of a better way to spend your free time than helping homeless animals in your area and also help them find a new home.

By doing your part and volunteering your time at the Pet Shelter, you’ll be able to give these furry companions all the love & care that they deserve—nothing is more admirable than that.

9 Ways to Volunteer at the Animal Shelter

Here’s 6 super creative ways you can volunteer to help animal shelters. Get ready to see a lot of wagging tails and purring cats:)

Go Shopping for Your Shelter

Animal shelters don’t just need time; they also need care items. Check with your shelter for a list of goods they currently need. If you can’t find a list, most shelters are in constant need of food, toys, cat litter, and scratching posts. For a safer bet, just go with a gift card to your local pet store. It’ll be thoroughly appreciated by any shelter.

Donate blankets, toys and other comfort items to your local animal rescue. If you have feeding bowls or dishes, bedding or food, consider donating those as well. Most animal shelters are funded at minimal levels and every donation helps. Check out your local Goodwill store, thrift store or Habitat for Humanity store – most major metro areas have at least one of these – and pick up a blanket or two. Your donation can make a big difference.

Give Shelter Dogs Some Exercise

Being cooped up in a shelter all day isn’t healthy for any dog, let alone dogs with an active lifestyle. Better still, shelter dogs that have been exercised will be much more calm than a pent-up dog when a potential adopter comes by to visit.

Volunteer in the Office

Stuff envelopes, answer phones, greet visitors—these jobs are just as important as walking dogs and cleaning litter boxes.

Volunteer Your Talents

Are you a skilled writer, a gifted photographer, or a web designer? If you’ve got a special talent or skill set (or set of equipment), volunteer your gift at your local shelter! A whole shelter full of animals is waiting for you. Pick up the phone today and ask how you can best help your local shelter.

Throw an Animal Rescue Theme party

Throw an animal rescue theme party at your home. Invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, local businesses or your church congregation. Put together a simple flyer to announce the party and set a ticket price – perhaps just a few dollars to cover your cost of food, beverage and fun. Add enough to the ticket price so you’ll have a surplus to donate to your local shelter. People love to win prizes, so adding gift cards or other inexpensive prizes to your event may encourage even better attendance. You can decide whether to raffle the prize, raising yet more money, or find another way to make the award. Your only limit in fund-raising is your own creativity.


Visit the Animal Rescue Site and click on the “Click here to give – it’s Free” button. Working in concert with, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your click will provide more than one-half bowl of food. Nothing could be easier. So click there every day!

How can I go an extra mile in volunteering for Pet Shelters?

Volunteer at your local shelter

Volunteer at your local shelter. Many of the people you meet at a shelter are volunteers; you can be one of them! Offer your help in dog-walking, cat sitting, promoting the shelter, building a Facebook or web page or even doing handyman work around the facility. No matter what your skills and specialty, you can show your love for animals when you stand up and volunteer a few hours each week toward their welfare.

Become a Foster Family

Shelters always need foster families. Sometimes fosters are needed purely for space reasons; other times, they’re needed for higher-maintenance pets, abused pets, stressed pets, or pets that are too young to stay in a shelter. Fostering puppies will become easier for owners with pet doors, since dog doors lessen the chance of in-home accidents (a must for anyone constantly taking in young puppies).

Become an Adoption Representative

Not all potential pet owners come to the shelter looking to adopt. Sometimes, it’s better to bring the pets to them. Becoming an adoption representative will allow you to take homeless pets out into your community and interact with people and (hopefully) potential adopters. It’s a great way to spread the word about pets in need of a home.

Don’t let this special week pass by without taking some positive action toward helping your local shelter. Every shelter is under-funded and your volunteering help, contributions and donations all provide comfort and safety to homeless animals.
Check out the Woods Humane Society, our featured pet rescue of the month!

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