Wednesday, 22 July 2015

How To Help Homeless Pets


The adorable Oli, who has gone to his FurEver home.

Time: You can volunteer your time to help out at a shelter. Shelter dogs get very lonely, the more people to walk and play with them, the happier they will be. You can also try and raise awareness of issues like responsible pet ownership, desexing and puppy farms.

Donation: While money always helps rescue organisations, donating things like blankets and dog food can always help too. Ask your local shelter. If a friend has a pet that they say they cannot afford to desex offer to pay for it. Especially with wandering male animals such as dogs and cats, they could create multiple litters of kittens and puppies that could be put down.

Adoption: If you know you can take care of a dog for life then consider taking in one or two to give them a loving forever home. Please only consider this if you are willing to take care of them for the rest of their lives.

Fostering: Another way you can help out is taking in shelter dogs as a foster carer. This means you will take care of the dog until it finds a forever home. Shelters are often overcrowded, taking in a foster animal means you might save it from being put down, or that you might help an anxious and stressed animal recover so that it can be rehomed. If you really fall in love with it you could always adopt it too.

Talk to friends and family about responsible pet ownership, adopting from shelters instead of petshops and desexing pets. If someone you know talks about getting someone a pet as a present remind them that pets are a lifetime responsibility. They need to make sure that family is able to keep the pet and will not just get rid of it when it is too much trouble or not so cute anymore. Remind them that adopting from a shelter saves lives, while animals in petshops can come from puppy farms. Even if they do not, a puppy from a petshop is much more likely to find a happy forever home than an older dog at a shelter, even though they deserve love just as much. And of course, desexing pets means there will be less unwanted animals out there who may be put down.

If you know anyone who rents out their home encourage them to allow pets on the lease, rental agencies often just don't allow pets because of possible damage but the renter would have to pay these damages anyway. More pet friendly rental properties means more people who can take in foster animals or pets from shelters.

Adopt a senior pet: Old pets are harder to rehome, some people don't want to deal with an animal who may have missing teeth, arthritis or die within a couple of years. But they still have so much love to give, and deserve to grow old with love.

Lobby for reform of animal rights, ending puppy farms, etc.

If you can think of any more ideas, comment! :)


  1. Love the list, wish I could think of something else. I now have 4 cats, all rescues of one sort or another. The first one has a backstory to horrific to repeat, the next two are brothers who were simply abandoned by the next door neighbour, they moved but did not take the cats and the last one turned up this time last year and just sat under our house and meowed all night in the freezing cold. My old cats could not convince him to leave. After two weeks I finally caught him, let the pound, rspca and all the appropriate notices know I had him but no one claimed him which did not surprise me. He was an adolescent undesexed male, well past the cute kitten stage. Did not want another one but he is definitely here to stay now. I waited two weeks after catching him, then got him desexed. I figured even if someone claimed him I didn't care if they were annoyed.

  2. If my 'yes's were currency, I'd hurl it at "more pet friendly rentals".
    I had a heck of a time finding a place that would take my two cats who are more house trained/even tempered than nearly all of the children I have currently encountered in my life.

    1. Haha a lot of animals are better behaved than kids!

  3. We have eight senior cats currently, all of whom are rescues off the streets. Five of them are a mama cat (now spayed) and four of her "kittens" (now all seniors). We've had all but Mama since they were kittens. At one time we had eleven!

    Rescues ROCK!!!

  4. Great post, Laura. Right now we have 13 cats, some rescued from the side of the road. The only thing I can think of to add to your list is to keep a cat/small dog carrier in the car in case one encounters an animal in need of help while driving. I also keep a large collar and a leash handy in the car in case I come across a large dog needing help.

  5. Lovely and inspiring post! And very good points! :)