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How To Help Shelter Pets During The Holiday Season


After a very strange and eventful year, we are happy to say that the holiday season is finally here! This is the time of year when many animal lovers think about ways to do something good for the pets in their community. So we’ve put together a list of six ways you can help.

Share adoptable pet contributions

The easiest way to support rescue organizations and shelters during the holiday season is to simply share their “adoptable pets” content on social media. Many shelters write funny profiles of their adoptable pets and share them on their social media accounts to increase their reach. Sharing these posts with your networks can help increase the number of people reached. Who knows, one of your connections may find a new best friend to go on vacation with!

Volunteers at your local animal shelter

Do you have some free time during the holiday season? Check with your local animal shelter for volunteer opportunities! They rely heavily on volunteers all year round, but especially during the busy holiday season. Volunteers can help with a variety of tasks, from walking dogs and playing with cats to cleaning cages to washing. Sometimes they go to specific volunteers, e.g. B. those who have carpentry or sewing skills to help with larger projects. If you are unable to volunteer at the shelter, find out how to volunteer virtually. Maybe they need help with their website or someone to help collect items for a vacation trip.

Consider becoming foster parents

If you are unable to make that lifelong commitment to adopting a pet but are ready for the responsibilities, consider sponsoring. Unfortunately, a large number of animals are given to animal shelters before the holidays. Caregivers play a vital role in reducing the number of animals physically in the shelter so that they can keep their doors open to pets in need. Plus, homeless pets can enjoy a vacation with a loving family!

Donate to your local animal shelter

If you want to help protect pets but can’t promote them, consider making a donation. Rescue organizations and animal shelters usually have a list of their most needed items that they keep updated when new animals come through their doors. They also appreciate donations that they can use for the ongoing care of their animals. In addition to donations that go directly to the shelter, you can make ongoing donations using sites like when you are shopping, vacationing, or otherwise. These websites take a percentage of your purchase and donate it to the charity you choose, many of which are animal related.

Ask for donations instead of gifts

If you want to maximize the amount you give back this holiday season, consider soliciting donations to your local animal shelter instead of gifts. These donations can be sent directly to you in the form of food, toys and other required items or as a monetary donation directly to the animal shelter. When asking about items to send to you, it may be helpful to share a list of the items you need most. This makes it easier for users to know what to shop for.

Adopt, don’t buy

While it can be tempting to keep a surprise, bringing a new pet into your home should always be a family decision. Regardless of age, pets are a lot of work and when you bring one home you are making a lifelong commitment. Since the whole family will likely be involved in caring for them, everyone needs to know what to do and be ready for responsibility. If you all think that now is the right time to get a new pet, the first thing to consider is adoption. Your local animal shelter has young, adult, and senior pets of all shapes and sizes so you can easily find the right pet for your family. Keep in mind that some animal shelters close their adoption programs during the holiday season to avoid an influx of surrenders in the New Year.

From our Freshpet family to yours, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!



Robert Dunfee