— Top 10 Ways To Help Pets Find a Loving Home This Year —
LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 2, 2013 — Adopt-a-pet.com, North America’s largest non-profit website, encourages pet-lovers to share in our “Resolve To Solve” New Year resolution to help empty animal shelters. Adopt-a-pet.com presents 50 simple and fun ways that people can get involved to help end pet homelessness. For a detailed list, visit www.adoptapet.com/blog/resolvetosolve
Here’s our Top 10 ways you can help find pets a loving home this year:
1) Adopt a pet:
Open your home and heart to a pet in need. Not only will you be helping a pet that might otherwise not find a home, but you’ll also be the beneficiary of unconditional love, loyalty, and lowered stress levels.
2) Hold a neighborhood pet food & supply drive:
Ask friends and neighbors to drop off donations such as gently used collars, leashes, blankets, pet toys and other miscellaneous pet items that local shelters and rescue groups would really appreciate receiving.
3) Volunteer to put your skills to use at a local animal shelter:
Carpentry, painting, sewing, office skills, graphic design, public relations and marketing — all of these abilities and more are valuable! And, of course, volunteers are always needed for training, walking, and giving love to the animals in the shelter.
4) Be a foster parent just once this year:
Foster homes are always in need, and usually in short supply. Giving a shelter pet more time to find a permanent home is a wonderful and fulfilling way to save a life.
5) Utilize your social media network:
When pets are seen, pets are adopted. Use Facebook and Twitter to get homeless pets exposure, and you may very well save a life with just a few clicks on the computer. Here’s how: Use Adopt-a-pet.com to find a pet you’d like to help, and then click the Facebook or Twitter icons on that pet’s page. Also, “Like” Adopt-a-Pet.com on Facebook, and share our featured pet of the day.
6) Say Cheese!
Calling all photographers to volunteer to take fetching photos of adoptable pets being cared for in local shelters. Great photos are crucial for online marketing sites like Adopt-a-Pet.com. The better the photos, the better their chances of finding a loving home.
Every dollar counts when it comes to animal rescue efforts. Consider skipping your next latte and donate $5-$10 to your local shelter or rescue group, or gather a group to hold a bake sale or garage sale and donate the proceeds.
8) Teach Children:
Caring for animals and responsible pet ownership starts early. Visit a school to make a presentation and educate children about the benefits of pet adoption, and also about the importance of having pets spayed or neutered.
9) Provide Transportation:
Sometimes the only barrier between a homeless pet and a loving home is distance. You can help by volunteering to transport a shelter pet to their new home.
10) Spread the word about Adopt-a-pet.com:
Believe it or not, there are still some local shelter and rescue groups that don’t know about our free service. Call, write or even hand deliver one of our flyers to let people know how easy listing on Adopt-a pet.com can help find the animals in their care a loving home.
“If every pet lover out there chooses just one item from the list to add to their New Years Resolutions, together we can make 2013 a much better year for pets in shelters,” states Abbie Moore, Executive Director of Adopt-a-pet.com.
Adopt-a-Pet.com is North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website. We help over 12,000 animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their purebred and mixed breed pets for free to millions of adopters each month. Sponsored by the pet lovers at Purina and Bayer AnimalHealth LLC, we help homeless dogs, cats, and even rabbits and other animals go from alone to adopted. But we don’t stop there. Adopt-a-Pet.com also provides valuable information on the human/companion animal relationship to help keep pets healthy and successfully living in their loving homes. Visit our facebook page and blog for supportive content and articles, and our YouTube channel for entertaining and informative pet training videos, all produced by our staff of experts in animal training and behavior, as well as human psychology.
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Nikki Pesusich Sue Cornick