Surely if you are an animal lover you have ever wondered how you could do more for them. It is not strange to find news that tells of abandoned or abused dogs and cats with terrible stories that need help to recover and get a new home. You know about the work of different animal protection groups and you would undoubtedly like to be part of that movement, but you have not yet decided to take the step. Then, ¿what can you do?
In this AnimalWised article we explain how to help animal protectors so that you can contribute your grain of sand depending on your current situation. Of course, most of the aid that we will share is both for protection of companion animals and for foundations, shelters and reserves of rescued animals that cannot be adopted, but need help to be returned to their habitats or to receive the necessary care when they are not. they are releasable.You may also be interested in: How to help stray cats? Index
- Choose the animal protection association
- Volunteer at animal centers
- Be a foster home
- Become a godfather or godmother
- Donate materials or money
- Adopt, don't buy
Choose the animal protection association
In the first place, once you have decided to help, you should know what the difference between kennel and animal shelter. Kennels often receive public subsidies to take over the collection of cats and dogs from a given territory. Although the animal movement is pushing for zero sacrifice to be complied with in all of them, the truth is that, beyond the legal time in which the animal must be in the facilities in case its owner appears, they can be euthanized. This does not mean that all kennels slaughter by system when the animal arrives on a certain day, but, in general, it is strange that in these types of centers there are infants, patients or specimens that require some intervention ... It is very important, therefore, help the kennels to be emptied and, in fact, there are associations that precisely focus their efforts on this.
But perhaps you prefer to promote another type of treatment towards animals in which in no case their sacrifice is reduced if it is not for strictly humanitarian reasons. For this reason, we will focus on the following sections to explain how to help animal protectors that have the zero slaughter policy implemented.
Volunteer at animal centers
When talking about how to help animal protectors, many people think only of the financial contribution. And although money is vital to be able to continue with your work, there are other ways to help that do not involve contributing money if you are not in a position to do so. To do this, it is best to contact the protector in question directly and ask what they need.
Many are looking for volunteers to come from time to time to walk the dogs, to brush them or request drivers to be able to make transfers, especially to the vet. But there are many more tasks that, although they do not involve direct care of the animals, are equally essential for the proper functioning of the shelter. For example, make repairs on the premmises, improve computing, print or make posters, attend stalls in markets, take care of social networks, etc. Value what you can or are good at doing and offer your services. By the way, contact before going. If you show up without warning, they probably won't be able to help you.
Find out more in this article: "¿What does a volunteer in an animal shelter do? ".
Be a foster home
But if your thing is direct contact with animals, you have the option of being a foster home. This way of helping, which is becoming more and more protective, consists of take care of an animal collected from your own home while no home can be found. It is a very satisfying activity. Taking in an animal, sometimes in poor physical or psychological condition, recovering it and delivering it to a home where it will continue to be cared for is a very rewarding experience, but also very hard. In fact, it is not uncommon for the host to end up adopting the host due to the impossibility of letting him go. On the other hand, some people start with the reception to find out if they could take care of an animal permanently.
If you are interested in this option, discuss the conditions with the corresponding protector. Normally, they bear all the expenses, but on many occasions the host decides to assume them as additional help. Some protectors even pay. Of course, it is the protector who manages the adoption. But if you still have doubts about whether or not to be a foster home, in the following sections we explain how to help the animal protectors in other less committed ways.
Become a godfather or godmother
Sponsor or sponsor an animal protective clothing is an increasingly popular option. Each protector has its own rules in this regard, which will have to be consulted, but, in general, it is a matter of choosing one of the animals collected and paying a monthly or annual amount to help defray their expenses. Normally, in return you receive specific information, photographs, videos and you even have the possibility of visiting the chosen one. If you are interested in how to help abandoned animals, this may be a good alternative, since it allows you to establish a special relationship with an animal, but without making the commitment to take it home..
Donate materials or money
Surely if you have wondered how to help the animal protectors, you have already valued the possibility of becoming a member. It is a very good way to contribute to its maintenance with the amount and the periodicity you choose. Remember that contributions to NGOs are tax deductible in the income statement, which will cost you even less.
The normal thing is to associate, but the protectors also accept specific donations, especially when they have to attend to an emergency. Of course, you have to know that to organize it is much better for them to have partners because that way they know what money they have and when. In this sense, more and more protectors, reserves and shelters are implementing in their donation system the so-called "teaming ", which consists of making micro-donations of just € 1 per month. Although it seems a very small amount, if we add up all the monthly micro-donations, it is possible to help the animals that reside in the shelters a lot. Therefore, it is a much more accessible way to help them for all those people who do not have resources or time. If you can, become a teacher of one or more protectors.
Another way to help that some protectors offer is buy products they have for sale, such as t-shirts, calendars, lottery, second-hand items, etc. In addition, donations are not only cheap. These associations have very numerous and diverse needs. For example, winter blankets, collars and leashes, food, dewormers, etc. In fact, many even have a list of products they need on platforms like Amazon. Ask before so that they tell you what is urgent.
Adopt, don't buy
Finally, do not hesitate and, if you can, adopt. Of all the ways that we have explained on how to help animal protectors, associations or shelters, taking charge of one of their collections is the best and, perhaps for this reason, the most difficult and scarce. But adopt only if you can truly commit to caring of that animal. Only if you have the time and resources. If you are not sure, try to be a foster home first. And, if you don't make up your mind, you always have the option of spreading the benefits of adoption versus buying animals to help raise awareness. See What to consider before adopting a dog.
Share all the aid that exists is also a way of helping because you allow other people who may have the necessary resources to volunteer or donate.