Friday, November 13, 2015

10 Ways to Help Shelters on World Kindness Day

   Today is World Kindness Day. It’s the perfect day to share a few ideas on how you can help your local shelter. The colder weather is not far off and in some areas, has already arrived. This is a tough time for many rescue groups. People are busy preparing for the holidays. Buying Christmas presents can put a strain on everyone’s budget. I hope this list will show you that helping doesn’t have to cost too much.
·        Many stores have fleece blankets for sale under $4.00. Pick up one or two whenever you see a great price.
·        Shelters are always in need of paper towels and cleaning supplies. Keep an eye out for bargains.
Adoption flyer for Dolly  from Pose-a-Pet

·        While you are busy in the kitchen, why not bake a batch of dog treats? There are many recipes that can be prepared with ingredients you probably already have in your cabinets. Check my Dog Yummies board on Pinterest!
·        Volunteer a couple of hours. There are always dogs that need to be walked or exercised.
Adopt Jade flyer from Pose-a-Pet
·        Offer to help clean up the dogs' play area or empty litter boxes.
·        Do you have a green thumb? You could work in the yard or adding some flowers near the entrance.
Adopt Livingston flyer from Pose-a-Pet
·        Any donation of toys will be appreciated. There are so many DIY ideas that cost little or nothing. Again, check my Dog Crafts board on Pinterest.
·        If you put your spare change in a jar each day, you’ll be surprised how quickly it adds up. Donate that money at the end of the month.
Adopt Moose flyer from Pose-a-Pet
·        If none of those ideas appeal to you, sharing the adoptable dogs and cats on your social media costs absolutely nothing. When you are on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, post a photo of a homeless pet in your area.
·        I made these fliers for dogs that are available for adoption from our local Humane Society of NW. Louisiana with Pose-A-Pet®. It’s a free app and does a terrific job!
Adopt Ryder flyer from Pose-A-Pet
*The Humane Society of NW Louisiana is in a contest to win $5,000. Voting is simple and only takes a moment. I’d appreciate you casting a vote for them. Vote Here.
Humane Society of NW LA. logo
If there is one thing that we can learn from dogs and cats, it is kindness. Pass it on.
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  1. that's a wonderful way to help a shelter :o) my granny and her friend made a dog bed for the friend's dog and while they were on it, they made some more what my grampy brings to the shelter this weekend :o)

  2. Those are all wonderful ideas! I just made a big donation of treats, toys and food to our favorite shelter. I sure hope it helps the dogs still looking for forever homes.

  3. Awesome list. It is a wonderful way to spread love to these pups. I like the idea of picking up a blanket or food and sending it to them. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. There are so many fun blog link ups I am going to have to start writing more :)

  4. This is great Melissa!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  5. Wow, what a wonderful day to celebrate and remembering a shelter is super! I'll bark to my Mom about donating some goodies. OMD she'd love to bring home Livingston. Alas, I'd be horrible about sharing my territory. Hmpf.
    Great post for today!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

  6. What beautiful pups. We will be kind to every buddies today
    Lily & Edward

  7. I could do something really special, bring my cat bro Bert and conveniently forget him there...Mom says that is not nice, but that is where he came from and he is a pain in my furs most of the time. Our shelters are a bit of a drive, but we donate food and stuff to other rescues closer to us.

  8. Our city shelter has a new director. She wants no volunteers or donations. We are mystified.

  9. We think these are all SUPER ideas fur how to help the shelters out... THANKS fur putting them out there fur us to chews from... there is SOMETHINGY fur everybuddy's level of giving in this post.

  10. Great ideas! love your flyers too
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  11. Those are all great ideas for helping those that are less fortunate than most of us.

  12. What wonderful ideas!! Mama says we are going to do some Holiday cookie baking for the Shelter Pets!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  13. Excellent ways to help shelters. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Great ideas, Melissa! And our wish is that one day all pups will have a loving forever home!

  15. What great ideas! Since I am currently starting to clean out the house for our possible move, I am going through all of the pet stuff and I've started a box for our local shelter. I will also add old sheets, blankets etc., and when it comes time to make the trip there I'll add in some other supplies they can use.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  16. Great ways to help, thank you for sharing.


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