pet sheltersThe holidays are upon us, and it’s a time of giving and giving back. If you’re thinking about how to help animals this holiday season, this blog is for you! Our local animal shelters are always in need, and with so many homeless pets it’s easy to think of ways to help them.

There are many ways to give back to animals during the holidays; and while it’s best to contact the organization you wish to work with directly – to know what they really need, here are a few of our favorite ways to help animal shelters.

The Gift of Time

Volunteers are always needed at animal shelters, and there are many, many ways to donate your time. We put our heads together to give you a few ideas for how to donate your time at the shelter this holiday season.

  • Walk dogs
  • Give extra TLC to cats and pocket pets
  • Groom, bathe, and brush pets
  • Clean kennels and cages
  • Organize and clean shelter facility
  • Volunteer at adoption days or other events
  • Offer your assistance with administrative tasks, if that’s in your experience
  • Volunteer your home to foster a pet in need

The Gift of Practicality

Shelters are always in need of practical items used on a daily basis which need constant replenishment. Start by checking out the shelter websites as many of them have wish lists published that can help guide your donation choices. Wouldn’t it be fun to put together a gift basket for the pets at the shelter this holiday season? Here are some common needs:

  • Brushes and nail trimmers
  • Clean, bath sized towels
  • Pet food
  • Litter boxes
  • Old newspaper
  • Leashes
  • Dog and cat crates/ carriers
  • Food and water bowls

The Gift of Awareness

Shelters need community awareness, and you can help them greatly. “Like” their social media pages and share their events and pictures of pets in need with your social media community. Awareness about homeless pets, the benefits of adopting versus buying pets, and the amazing work that shelters do can inspire others to give back to shelters, too!

It’s easy to find a local, community shelter if you’re interested in making an impact close to home. Here are a few of our favorites close to Tigard.

  • Oregon Dog Rescue
  • Cat Adoption Team
  • Oregon Humane Society
  • Bonnie L Hays Small Animal Shelter

The Gift of Green

A monetary gift can go a long way to helping to care for pets and offset the shelter’s operating costs. Again, contact the local shelter you wish to support to find out if your donation is tax deductible and how to make a gift.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

If you have decided to add a new pet to your family this holiday season, adopt a pet in need from your local shelter or rescue group. There are adoption days you can attend to meet adoptable pets of all shapes, sizes, breeds and personalities. Of course, this can’t be a snap decision and make sure you consider the commitment involved with bringing home a new pet. But, if you’re ready, we can’t think of a better gift to give than providing a pet in need with a warm, loving home for the rest of their life.

It doesn’t take a lot of money or time to help pets in need, just a little effort. At Community Pet Hospital of Tigard, we love to make a positive impact and helping animals in need is our favorite way to make the world a better place. Give us a call if you’d like more ideas about how to help animal shelters this holiday season.