Figuring out how to help dogs, whether they be preloved dogs or otherwise, is often so overwhelming that many people end up doing nothing.
I was the same.
I used to think: How can one person make a difference?
How Can You Help?
Here’s a list of helpful things you can do. Maybe you will find one or two things that you might want to try.
- Volunteer at your local dog shelter.
- Offer to take photos of shelter dogs to be advertised online.
- Donate old blankets or food to your local dog shelter or rescue group – often they will have a website listing what items they need.
- Offer a particular skill to shelter/rescue dogs – massage, training, walking, etc.
- Foster a dog.
- Offer temporary dog shelter to centers for victims of violence – family dogs may need a temporary home too.
- Donate funds to your local dog shelter, or dog rescue group, or to pay for a dog’s care in a foster home.
- Check with your local hospice or aged care facility – offer to look after someone’s beloved pet and bring it in for visits.
- Help the elderly or disabled by volunteering to take them and/or their dog to vet appointments, or even just to walk their dog.
- If you have a talent or product, consider making a donation for fund-raiser raffles.
- If you have a business, consider donating a percentage of sales to a dog-related charity.
- Hold a garage sale and donate the proceeds (or a percentage) to your local dog shelter – get your neighbors involved too.
- Set up your own website and share your knowledge and enthusiasm for dog training, care or other aspects of owning and caring for a dog – it’s easy to get started with WordPress.com.
- Write articles for local newspapers or magazines.
- Approach local schools about talking to the kids about being kind to animals – take your dog along and show off some ticks, let the kids say hello to your dog.
- Create a Facebook or Pinterest Page for lost and found animals in your community.
- If you know a lot about dog training, donate your time and write articles or answer questions on dog-related websites.
- Start a small rescue group – for your favorite breed, for small dogs only, for seniors, etc – something that suits you.
- Start a collection center for dog food, supplies and toys – distribute to dogs of the homeless and others in need.
- Adopt a dog from your local dog shelter or rescue group.
Create some positive energy in the universe.
Can You Help PreLoved Dogs?
If you do just one thing on this list, together we can make a difference.
Are you going to try something from this list? Do you have any other ideas for the list?