Many people are animal lovers and want to help, but they don’t have the space to adopt or the extra funds to sponsor an animal, so what do you do?
Surprisingly there are a variety of different ways that you can help animals and charities without that extra commitment. It’s a great way to feel warm and fuzzy inside because you can help one of the many thousands of animals in need, but in a way that suits you too! It’s a win, win and charities are always looking for people to help.
For me, animals are a huge part of my life and if I had all the money in the world I would probably have my own shelter and take in all the abandoned and unwanted. Unfortunately, I have neither the funds or the space to do it so I have to settle for other ways to do my part. So here are some ways you can help animals without spending money, regardless of your time commitment that isn’t as much effort as you think!
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Another option is volunteering your unique services, for example, if you are a photographer you could spend a couple of hours per week or month, photographing the animals and getting their best side for the website or publications to make them look more adoption-worthy! As an IT or marketing expert, you could offer free services to help with online advocacy and improve website navigation and usability making it easier to search for adopted animals online. Don’t feel like you have to do the traditional volunteering if you aren’t able, there is always something for everyone!
Volunteering also doesn’t have to be a permanent thing, many charities run family or corporate days so a large group of you go in and perform a variety of tasks to help with a backlog or merely pitch in for the day to take some of the pressure off and these can be excellent team building or family bonding exercises.
It may seem silly but petitions and getting involved can make a powerful impact and cause pressure to make changes! Unity is important when it comes to changing large industries and it is something quick and easy you can do from your desk or phone at work or during your lunch break! If you think that signing a petition isn’t worth it, look at the 14-year-old Lucy Gavaghan who fought Tesco and won using petitions to stop them selling eggs from caged hens due to their unethical treatment. Your signature matters!
What part of animal care are you passionate about? I advocate for owners to neuter their pets (here’s why) and I use the platforms that I have to speak about them and try to be informative. You can do the same, whether it is about animal testing, food production, animal adoption, dog fighting or the number of other issues that need to be discussed and identified, become an advocate, educate yourself and start discussions with others.
Plus, you never know who you might reach, your next door neighbour could be looking for a new cat or dog but haven’t found one yet and voila you could be the catalyst to a new animal finding its forever home!
It’s not always about the money and you can fundraise other items that can be just as helpful;
- Leftover animal food
- Blankets for the winter
- Cleaning products
- and even silly things like newspapers and plastic bags that can be used for smaller animal hutches and lining cages helps.
Anything that you can donate can be helpful because it saves a shelter or charity from needing to buy them itself!
For the knitters – Here is the knitting pattern for “Captain Cat Battler, The Catnip Mouse”
Ultimately, it is all about doing what you can and using your own skills and expertise to help others! Even if you aren’t a cat lover or are allergic, these can also be adapted to other charities you are more passionate about.
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