No one wants to be homeless for the holidays, but millions of cats and dogs nationwide are without homes and that includes tens of thousands here in the metro Atlanta area. Helping them is not as hard as you might think.
1.) Spay or neuter your own pets. Estimates are that 100,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters in Georgia annually, at significant cost to taxpayers. You can do your part to end pet overpopulation with a routine surgery for your dog or cat. Non-profit, low cost spay and neuter clinics like the ones run by LifeLine Animal Project actually make fixing your pet more affordable than caring for a litter of puppies or kittens.
2.) Donate needed pet items. Beds, crates, collars, leashes, cat litter, dog and cat toys, treats, food, blankets, sheets and towels all make life easier and nicer for shelter pets and are a great help your local rescue’s bottom line.
3.) Donate money or gift certificates. Donations of any amount help greatly and are tax deductible. Even giving up those large caramel mocha lattes for a week and donating the cash will help to save lives (not to mention calories!)
4.) Start a “Friends Of” club for your local shelter or rescue. There’s power in numbers. Your office, church or hobby group can have a yard sale or gather donations of money or needed items to help homeless animals this holiday season.
Lots more here: Animal Rescue Help for the Holidays – East Cobb, GA Patch.