If you are a regular reader of this coulumn you know I am all about helping animals get adopted. But knowing that not everyone can adopt an animal I asked the folks at ARFHouse to tell us about other ways that people can help animals in need.
Have you ever wanted to help your local animal shelter, but were unable to adopt a pet? Adoption is not the only way you can help; there are many opportunities available for you to make differences in the life of homeless animals.
Fostering an animal is much like fostering a child. You provide a temporary loving home to a homeless animal while they wait for their forever family to adopt them. Fostering is a mutually beneficial relationship. The animal is provided with a comfortable living arrangement where they can learn to behave like part of a family, while the guardian can provide a short-term home for a needy animal without making any long-term commitment.
Animal shelters are always looking for volunteers. Volunteer opportunities vary between shelters, but might include walking/socializing dogs; socializing cats; helping with events and adoptions; or participating on committees like marketing, fundraising, graphic design and community outreach. Contact your local animal shelter to see what volunteer positions are available.
Something as simple as donating or attending an event are great ways to support animal shelters. The United States has between 6-8 million homeless animals entering the shelter system each year, and many shelters struggle with having enough funds/supplies to support all of the animals that need their help. People can donate money or supplies, such as newspaper, food, bags, collars or leashes. Your donation or event admission is an important and helpful way to support animal shelters everywhere.
If you need to find a shelter in your area, visit www.petfinder.com .
Information was provided by ARFhouse Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter. www.arfchicago.org
Grease Sing-A-Long Sneak Preview Fundraiser at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. SouthportMay 16, 7:30-9:45 p.m: Proceeds benefit Red Door Shelter. The original movie now has subtitles so people can sing along. Come in costume! Buy tix online at www.redoorshelter.org .
Meet a pet available for adoption by clicking on the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=14858