Animal overpopulation is everyone’s problem. Nothing happens without leadership. Achieving no kill success in your community depends on individuals like yourself willing to take responsibility. This does not mean looking for “someone to do something”.
That “someone” is you!
Stop thinking that there’s nothing you can do to assist the thousands of homeless animals. We all live busy lives, but we can all do something. Here are some things you can do:
- Set the example first. Spay and neuter your all of your pets!
- Chose to adopt a pet from a shelter instead of buying one from a breeder, back yard breeder, pet shop, puppy farm.
- Strongly discourage friends and family from allowing their pets to breed. Where are all those puppies and kittens going to find homes? If they are all homed, that’s fewer homes available for the shelter pets that face euthanasia.
- On your birthday, instead of gifts, ask for bags of dog or cat food and donate these to the local shelter.
- Donate some bedding or money to purchase much needed items for a rescue organisation near you.
- Share the pictures you see on the internet and Facebook of homeless animals that so desperately need a home. You’d be amazed how many rescued pets have found loving homes this way.
- Spend just one morning a month volunteering at your local shelter. They are always in need of help to spend one-on-one time with the animals. Take the dogs for a walk around the grounds, play with them, bath them, play with the kitties etc …
- See what repairs or maintenance needs to be done at your local registered rescue organisation and share your handyman talents.
- Some animals don’t fare well in kennels, which does not bode well for them. Ask about becoming a foster parent. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. Some organisations that don’t have kennelling facilities rely solely on their network of fosters to be able to rescue animals from dire circumstances.
- If you see an act of cruelty report it to the authorities – don’t turn a blind eye. Follow up with them to make sure it has been dealt with.
- We can all say we love animals, but how often do we contribute to the wellbeing of animals? Stand up for what you believe in. Be their voice.
- Educate people about what it means to be a responsible pet owner.
If we each individually take responsibility, we can win the “No Kill Revolution”. Your effort could mean the difference between life or death for an unwanted pet, whose only “crime” was to be born.