When it comes to helping Fort Worth’s rescue organizations that help make a difference in the lives of homeless or abandoned animals in our community, many people think that the only way they can help is by adopting the pets. While this is probably the most helpful thing you can do, it is not the only thing.
Here is a link to an informative video with one of our supported Rescue with our Dr. Tracey Hageny
Here is a list with links to the websites of local rescues we support through veterinary care at Summerfields Animal Hospital:
Here are 10 creative ways you can help make a difference for these rescues.
1. Like & Share on Social:
Use social media platforms like facebook, twitter and pinterest to get the word out. Sharing the local rescue’s tweet, pictures or postings helps to increase our community awareness of these rescues and the pets in rescue needing adoption. Volunteer to be the rescue’s online community manager to create compelling content, post adoption events, recruit new volunteers, and communicate with the public. Twitter a Critter is a great place to help you tweet about adoptable pets in our area.
2. Donate your time through fostering:
Fostering is one of the most impactful ways to get involved. Fostering can be fun, rewarding and sometimes, challenging. By opening your home to a dog, you are opening up a spot in the rescue and also the shelter they pull pets from that otherwise wouldn’t exist. The length of a foster can vary from a couple of days, weeks or months. Fostering a pet is not only a rewarding experience, but it’s a great way to help out our local rescues from the comfort of your own home. Click here for more information on fostering.
3. Donate your skills:
Photographer? Accountant? Videographer? Webmaster? Web site designer? Do you have a special skills, talents or hobbies? Photographing rescue pets or creating an adoptable pet video for the rescue can bring attention to pets that need adoption. Great photos or videos are more likely to catch an adopter’s heart. Here is a helpful link on how to get good pet photos. An experienced accountant is always helpful when services are donated to our local non-profits. Lend your graphic design, coding or writing skills to help with a rescue’s website, social media or newsletter efforts. Running a rescue takes a lot of work and things like this are often put on the back burner.
4. Donate cleaning goods or pet care items:
Rescues can always use some extra supplies like food bowls, litter pans, towels, blankets, sheets, cleaning supplies, newspaper & bedding to name a few items. Contact local rescue groups (see list with links above) to see if it has a wish list of items it needs. Spring clean and donate your “slightly used” items like leashes, collars, pet carriers.
5. Donate pet food and litter:
Rescue groups go through a lot of pet food and cat litter each day. You can purchase pet food in bulk at wholesale store like Sams or Costco and donate. Use sites that you can order from directly online and send the donation directly to the rescues.
6. Donate Funds:
Money is always helpful to any nonprofit rescue.
7. Donate your Labor:
If you’re good with your hands, you can help by helping with repairs, painting or even building houses and furniture for the animals. Poop pick up is always a bonus.
8. Transport Animals:
Our Rescue pets can’t drive themselves, so they need someone to take them places. You can do something as simple and helpful as volunteer to take a dog to its foster home or forever home. Sometimes it can be a couple hours or just a part of the transport leg in an across the US.
9. Throw a Party:
Is there a big event or gathering you are planning like a wedding or throwing a party? Set up a registry page specifically for one of the listed rescues so guests can donate to them rather than purchasing a customary wedding or party gift. It’s a rewarding experience for you and your guests and a great way to add meaning to you event. Whether it is a pizza party or a fun day at the pool with a $5 donation and plenty of raffles, all of the proceeds go back to the rescue.
10. Donate your time:
Offer your time at adoption events. These are typically held on the weekends and the more people available to help show the available animals to prospective adopters the better.