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January 20, 2020

How To Participate in Change a Pets Life Day

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January 24ths is Change a Pet's Life Day and is dedicated to raising awareness around animal shelters. This includes everything from mindfulness around animal issues and pet adoption, to recognizing all the volunteers and workers that help improve animals' lives. This is the perfect day for anyone who loves animals to go out and make a difference for their furry best friends. Here are some great ideas for participating in this day that's dedicated to changing pet's lives.

Donate to a Shelter

While it may not be at the forefront of your mind, animal shelters incur a lot of costs to run and operate. Additionally, most shelters are non-profits. Their main source of funding comes in the form of donations from people just like you. These donations allow shelters to save and care for more animals. Every monetary contribution to an animal shelter helps ensure that animals receive food, vaccinations, medical care, microchips, and other things that allow them to stay happy and healthy.

Donations don't just include money, however. Check with your local shelter to see which items are on their "wish list." Common items that shelters are in need of include toys, food, heating pads, warm bedding, and placemats.

Volunteer at a Shelter

Volunteering at a shelter can go a long way towards making pets more adoptable. Giving your time at a shelter will help to provide care for all the animals they look after and give those furry friends the love and attention they need.

There are many different ways you can donate your time to a good cause at a shelter. This can include cleaning kennels, walking dogs, petting cats, and even just playing or reading to them. This is an important part of helping shelters do their job. Consistent socialization helps animals become friendlier. This increases the likelihood that they will be adopted, which in turn will change their lives.

Raise Awareness for Shelters

As an avid animal lover, you may be aware of some of the challenges that shelters face. Many other people, however, are not. One of the best ways to help in this area is by raising awareness for animal shelters.

Many shelters hold events for Change a Pet's Life Day. Check with your local shelter and see how you can get involved. Bring your friends and family to some events held by the shelters to help raise awareness for their cause. This is a great excuse to get together with people you love for a cause that you care about. Besides, who doesn't want to spend a day playing with cute cats and dogs?

Adopt an Animal

One of the most direct ways you can make a difference in a pet's life is to adopt one. Unfortunately, many cats and dogs end up euthanized because people don't adopt them from shelters. With limited spaces and resources, many shelters only have the capacity to care for a certain number of animals. When you adopt from an animal shelter, you are saving that animal's life. Not only that, but it frees up more resources so that the shelter can take in more homeless animals. Many shelters also offer discounts on Change a Pet's Life Day, so it's a perfect day to bring home your new best friend.

Foster an Animal

Fostering an animal is another great way to help out shelters. If you aren't sure that you are ready for the commitment that comes along with owning a pet, try fostering one instead. The socialization will go a long way towards helping your foster animal find their forever home. Not only that, but it helps free up resources at the shelter so they can care for more animals at their location.

Sponsor an Animal

If you aren't able to have an animal come to your home, many shelters will allow you to sponsor an animal instead. Depending on the shelter, you may get pictures of your animal in the mail and updates to let you know how they are doing. A great way to do this is by sponsoring an adoption fee. This gives families an incentive to adopt your animal into a loving home because the adoption fee is already paid for. If you can't adopt one of your own, this is a great way to make a positive impact on a pet and save their life.

Take to Social Media

A great way to spread more awareness around this day is to post about it on social media. Many people just aren't aware of the limited resources that animal shelters may have. Social media is a great way to tell people you know about Change a Pet's Life Day, and what they can do to help. People who have been thinking about getting a pet may choose to get one from a shelter if they are aware of the impact it will make.

Instead of posting pictures of cats in funny outfits , create a post explaining how people can positively make a change in the life of a pet instead. It might only take a few minutes of your time, but it can end up making a huge difference in the life of an animal.

Introduce Positive Changes for Your Pet

If you already have a pet of your own and you want to do something to help change their lives, you can make some positive changes for them (and yourself). If your pet needs more exercise, create a new routine for both of you that includes more physical activity. This can also include things like committing to a healthier diet . It may even be as simple as spending more quality time with your pet on a regular basis.

There are so many things you can do on this day to change the life of a pet, not all of which include bringing one home. By donating your time to a shelter, you are helping animals get the care that they need to be happy and healthy. If you don't have a lot of time to spare, however, you can sponsor an animal or make charitable contributions. Spread awareness around how people can help a shelter themselves, and make sure to give your own pet the love and attention they deserve.

 

Yvonne Helms on January 20 at 1:13 PM said:

Great suggestions-- thank you so much for supporting animal shelters! ADOPT ~ DON'T SHOP!

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