The decision to foster an animal that would otherwise be confined to a cage at the shelter, or worse, euthanized, is a commendable act. The goal is to get more people as an animal shelter volunteer to open not only their hearts, but also their homes to these animals. A good place to start looking for more potential foster families is right at the shelter.
Information on foster programs for individuals that are adopting can also spread the word. These kinds of people will be much more inclined to pass the cause along to their friends and families, perhaps opening more opportunities for adoption or foster care in the future.
Any animal shelter volunteer should be made aware of the growing need for foster positions, but they will also need to know about the toll foster care can exact on an individual. Tight emotional bonds with the foster pet in need are inevitable. It’s almost always a bittersweet goodbye when the animal either goes back to the shelter or moves on to its forever home. These emotional strains are at times severe and foster volunteers should be properly prepared for this kind of eventuality from the beginning.
The idea is to find reliable long term volunteers that will continue to help these animals by opening their homes time and time again to a creature in need. A support structure should be in place to help volunteers cope with stress. It should offer insight into difficulties the animals might be having and provide needed education to would-be foster parents.
Successful foster programs include both staff and animal shelter volunteers working closely together, allocating resources and finding the right home for the right pet, even if it’s just temporarily in these cases. In some really lucky turn of events, the animals may even find a permanent home within a foster care situation.

One look into the eyes of an abused and discarded animal is enough to melt the heart of any animal lover. You know that animal is looking for love and affection, you know that animal has never been given any. This is most evident when you see pets in a shelter. They are either very friendly or very angry. The two extremes are there for a reason. Just like any human would react to mistreatment so do animals.
However shelter pets make the best pets:
They are not Spoiled
Animal lovers the world over have the worst trend of spoiling their pets. Pet shops also need to make that animal look and smell great in order to attract a sale. The pet is groomed and given a clean bed sometimes twice a day. Their only job is to look pretty so they can be sold. A shelter animal before arriving at a shelter has been lying in it’s own feces and fleas and dirt for so long that when he is cleaned it is a luxury and not a expectation.
They can Stomach variety of Foods
From their hard life on the streets when a animal is placed at the shelter they adapt to eat the food given. They are not fussy and do not need special diets. They just need a well balanced healthy meal.
Very Loving
A shelter animal can become very loving once adopted and treated well. Even the animal that has become aggressive from abuse, can with a gentle loving touch and good care become a loving pet. They have hardly known love so when they feel it they adore it and fall in love with you immediately.
Disciplined
A shelter animal is also more disciplined once they have been taught and are loved. The reason for this is that they have known a bad life and they do not want to go back to that life. They listen when you talk and they try not test your patience.
Healthier
A shelter pet is healthier as it has had all it’s shots and also from a life of abuse and living on the street it has learned to eat lower quality food than normal. It’s immune system is higher and the animals threshold for catching diseases is strong.
Shelter animal most definitely make the better pet.Stop by your shelter today and get a friend for life.

It is heartbreaking to see animals that become neglected or abused. As an animal lover, all you want to do is reach out and help make the lives of those beautiful creatures better. With the proper steps, help can happen, but each step must happen in ways that are not only safe for you, but the animals as well.
#1 Evaluate the Situation of the Animal
One of the worst things you can do is rush in and try to help the animal you want to give care and support to without fully evaluating the situation. You can do this by examining the animal from a distance and asking these questions:
• Does the animal look as if it has mange?
• Is the animal suffering from starvation?
• Does the animal have wounds on it from being abused?
• Is the animal sheltered properly?
#2 Determine the Best Solution for the Animal
After evaluating, you will need to come up with a solution to rescue or help the animal. If you are unsure of what to do and know the animal is in great danger, you can call a local humane officer and report the situation. The human officer will than look into the case and help the animal.
#3 Adopt the Animal or Bring it to a No Kill Shelter
If the animal is neglected, and in need of a home, consider taking it to the vet for a checkup and adopting the animal. If you cannot adopt the animal that has been neglected, bring it to a no kill shelter so it can get the care it needs and have the possibility of finding a new home that is right for it.
#4 Provide Food and Water
Sometimes the only thing you can do to help a neglected or abused animal that cannot be capture right away is to leave food and water out for them so they at least get nutrients to help keep them alive and well until it can be rescued.
#5 Provide Shelter
Providing shelter to an animal that has been abused or neglected can help greatly. Just make sure a vet checks out the animal and a behavioral specializes before taking it inside your home to make sure it is safe and right for the both of you. If the animal is outside and abused without shelter, place a shelter like structure in their area needed.

One of the best ways to ensure that your shelter has all the supplies that it needs is to hold a drive. Just about anyone can participate in a drive and it really serves to unite the community for a good cause in animal welfare. .
The first thing to do is determine exactly what the shelter needs. Shelters typically need toys, food, animal beds, office supplies and much more. If there is a specific need for food and towels, list those on the shelter’s website along with information about the upcoming drive. It’ll raise awareness so that the public knows that the shelter is in need and a simple donation can really make a difference. By pointing out exactly what is needed, it will motivate more people to donate excess supplies.
Once you’ve determined what the shelter needs, pinpoint a date for the drive. The most successful shelter drives are often scheduled simultaneously with another event or even a holiday. People are in a festive mood around holidays and out and about, shopping and partaking in events, so they’ll be more likely to stop by the shelter with a donation.
Make it easy for the public to donate items by establishing multiple local drop off locations. Ideal drop off spots include pet stores, churches, community centers and supermarkets. Set up boxes at each location that will be large enough to hold sizable donations without any overflow. Just make sure that the managers or owners of the drop off location are on board with having large boxes set up on their property.
Aside from putting a notice on your shelter’s website about the need for certain items, raise awareness in other avenues as well. Go out of your way to promote the drive and make it clear as to what items are most needed. Create large, colorful posters that show the drive’s drop off locations, date, the shelter name and desired supplies. Place these posters around town and have friends and family spread the word as well. You can even promote the drive by contacting local media outlets like newspapers and radio stations.
Once the drive has been promoted, reach out to local media outlets to provide live coverage at drop off points. This will encourage the public to show up with supplies in hand to this year’s drive as well as those that the shelter holds in the future.

Waste and trash buildup that is left around can not only be very unattractive for the community, it is also hazardous to wildlife. So what can you do to solve this problem; cleaning up the trash, while at the same time making sure that these animals are cared for? You and your community working together can solve this issue. Imagine if you combined your efforts with your community and organized weekend trash cleanups for the roadsides, parks, and forests.
This solution would bring about a positive ripple effect, and you would see less injured animals, less trash that could harm the wildlife, and more people working to get this done. By doing this you will also make citizens aware of your animal shelter, and this in turn will bring you more business.
As an animal shelter, you can help the community to understand that wildlife matters too, and that it’s not just about animals in the shelter that were disowned. It would really be a great help if communities and shelters teamed up and took responsibility for fixing this issue. Advertise awareness for all, and encourage your community to make reports when they see stray animals on the roads. This is a big step in the right direction.

Animal shelters have recently achieved growing popularity among not only animal lovers, but also pet owners and those simply looking for volunteer opportunities. The truth is that animal shelters are not only a source of stability for lost/stray animals, but they encompass the community in a humane act of kindness in a field with limited resources. Not only does added involvement from the community benefit the furry friends residing within the shelters, but your time and commitment can aid such shelters in maintaining functionality during high stressed times of limited space and escalating needs.

Community engagement can significantly alter the reputation of an animal shelter by inviting the community to become familiar with the staff working at the shelter and animals living within the shelter. Not only does this create a sense of family, but it allows members of the community to understand the trials and tribulations, as well as the rewarding experiences, associated with working in an animal shelter. Such individuals are often times more pressed to donate time, if nothing else, to these charitable causes. The more assistance that can be acquired, the better the chance that these furry friends will have in not only surviving, but in gaining a “forever” home. It has become increasingly difficult to rally volunteers for such locations, which only presses the urgency of finding additional help by way of community engagement. This is the ideal opportunity for those teenagers looking for experience with animals. Additionally, community engagement educates members of the community on options available for lost-stray animals. This not only keep reproduction of stray animals low, but it allows strays the opportunity to thrive in a safe environment.
While animal shelters are located in nearly every major and minor city throughout the nation, they continue to be under-assisted. Becoming familiar with you community should significantly increase the likelihood of acquiring physical help, monetary donations, and a wider acknowledgement for the work that is conducted.