The key programs to support to save the lives of homeless animals are to:
Adopt- Donate -Foster -Volunteer- a high-volume low cost Spay and neuter program needs your
support or to be implemented in your community (TNR) Trap neuter and return community cats to managed
How You Can Help
Get to know local shelter and their placement partners: Your local animal shelter accepts every animal that enters the facility regardless of age, health issues, behavior problems, or breed. Placement partners are the rescue groups that assist shelters.
Be a responsible pet owner: Be sure to microchip your animals, keep updated pet identification tags on your pets, spay/neuter, choose to adopt a pet only if you plan to care for them for their entire life. When you commit to your own pets for all of their natural life, you set an example for others.
Donate: Your donations are needed for animals to stay alive. When you donate to an animal welfare group, ask where they need financial assistance. If your concern is with dogs that need training, your gift can help a dog get the training it needs to become adopted. Your financial support can be given specifically to the program in need of your support.
Love and pet shelter cats: You can set a day each week to volunteer at your local animal shelter to interact with cats and kittens. Remember they are in cages twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week as they wait and hope for adoption. Your life will be enriched as well as theirs.
Fostering: Fostering a shelter pet can make the difference between life or death when a shelter is at full capacity. Many animals need a calm quiet environment to decompress and learn skills to become more adoptable. Becoming a foster parent frees up precious space in rescues and shelters for the incoming dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens.
Walk a shelter dog: There might be opportunities to walk dogs outside. They need fresh air, affection, exercise, and attention. It’s also a great way for you to get outside, exercise, and enjoy the fresh air in a new and significant way. Your attention will be greatly appreciated by the dogs that sit in cages or kennels all day.
Volunteer weekly: What does your local animal shelter or rescue need? Do they need help with cleaning cages or litter pans? Or maybe they need someone to take photos of the animals for social media posts. Find out what they need and commit to helping them by volunteering. Take yourself and a few friends to volunteer each week; it will make a huge difference.
Support high-volume/low-cost spay and neuter programs and clinics: High-volume/low-cost or free spay and neuter programs are the only way we will end the killing, and overpopulation, of unwanted pets. Please make sure your animals are fixed. Find a local nonprofit organization that provides high-volume/low-cost spay-neuter surgeries and make a tax-deductible gift today. The only way we can stop the inflow of unwanted animals is for them not to be born.
Adopt, don’t shop: Petfinder.com has photos and full descriptions of animals waiting for adoptions at shelters and rescues. You can also check rescues and shelters to see if they have a Facebook page with available animals listed. If not, you can take pictures on your phone and post them yourself.
About The Animal Adoption Center Founded by Rebecca Tinnes in 2004
For information on how you can help homeless animals, please visit these organizations.
The No Kill Advocacy Center
6114 La Salle Avenue 837
Oakland, CA 94611
The No Kill Advocacy Center is a legal advocacy organization that reforms shelters through litigation, legislation, education, consultation, training, and other direct assistance. The No Kill
education programs and services are proven to save the lives of all abandoned animals.
Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UT 84741-5000
Phone: (435) 644-2001
Best Friends Animal Society is an animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in collaboration with its nationwide network of members and partners working to save them all.
They have pledged to take our country to no-kill by 2025.
Alley Cat Allies
Bethesda, MD 20814-2525
Phone: (240) 482-1980
When it comes to cat advocacy, Alley Cat Allies is working communities to champion low-cost spay and neuter policies and programs, as well as the lifesaving trap neuter return (TNR) program. Once viewed as radical new concepts, these humane cat protocols are now mainstream. They are a resource for tens of thousands of dedicated cat caregivers, advocates, nonprofit
groups, and volunteers driving change and accelerating protection for millions of cats worldwide.
You can find TNR stories on my website:
Animal Adoption Center-Spay/Neuter Wyoming Program
270 East Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001
Phone: (307) 739-1881
Low-cost high volume spay/neuter clinics are the cornerstone program to stop unwanted animals from entering shelters they must not be born.