by Brandon Butler, Guest Blogger to Your Pets Forever
Each year, more than 6.5 million companion animals wind up in shelters. But many more aren’t even counted because they don’t make it into the shelter in the first place. Plus, shelters are only a temporary – and often tragic – solution to a widespread problem.
So how can you help neglected and abandoned pets? With these grassroots, animal-saving ideas from Your Pets Forever.
Look Around Your Neighborhood
You may feel drawn to help animals because you’ve seen strays in your neighborhood. Start near home with these ideas for giving.
- Overhaul your garden and add a wildlife/local stray watering hole for warmer months.
- Take action to help animals left out in the cold.
- Stand up against the use of exotic animals as pets and props – helping avoid neglectful situations.
Support a Local (or Global) Cause
Donating and volunteering are two totally grassroots ways to help animals – and it may come down to life-or-death action.
- Volunteer at or foster pets from the Humane Society nearest you.
- Engage in everyday activism in your neighborhood and online.
Think Big with Pet-Saving Efforts
If the above ideas aren’t enough to amplify your love for animals, take bigger steps and make a broader commitment to critters in need.
- Organize and launch a nonprofit exclusively dedicated to your humane cause.
- Check all the boxes to ensure your organization is legitimate (click here to learn about starting a Wisconsin business).
- Promote your cause widely on social media and in-person; visibility is an asset.
People who are cruel or neglectful to animals have a significant impact on the lives of all kinds of critters. But those who care enough to act can make a positive difference. By taking any of the action steps here, you can start working toward a happier future for abandoned and neglected pets where you live, and all over the world.
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Brandon loves all animals–whether they’re four-legged, two-legged, furry, or feathered. He enjoys writing about pet care and sharing the knowledge he’s gained as a vet tech.
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