Animal Shelter Volunteers: How Can One Person Make A Difference?
One person can truly make a difference for millions of homeless animals.
It is no secret that the issue of homeless animals in the United States is a significant one. The overwhelming amount of pets who are being neglected, abused, born into puppy mills or euthanized by the millions due to a lack of a home is enough to make you feel helpless when it comes to lending a hand or being an angel to an animal.
Unfortunately, the sheer size of this issue can make many people feel as though there is no point in trying to help. After all, how much can one person make a difference to a global issue? The answer: a world of difference.
When it comes to distressing world issues such as pet homelessness, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the darkness that the issue can bring along. However, if even just one person lights a candle in this darkness by adopting a homeless pet, volunteering at a shelter or simply spreading the word about this significant problem, it can start to feel a little brighter. Slowly, as more people join in with candles of light of their own, the darkness is gone and may not seem so scary or overwhelming anymore.
If a large number of “just one candles” gather together to fight for the same issue, they can easily make it better, or even make it go away―just like adding light to a dark room.
While you are just one person, you are everything to a homeless animal that is without home, food or shelter. Here are some tips for putting your voice to better use on behalf of shelter animals, as well as a few things that just one person can do to make a difference in the life of a homeless pet:
Spread The Word
One of the most significant ways to fight any large issue is to create awareness by spreading the word. For instance, share the importance of adopting from shelters with your friends and family, and encourage the people in your life to stay away from breeders or pet stores. The internet is also a great source for spreading the word about homeless pets, whether it is through starting a petition website, using social media to share important facts about shelter animals or donating online to helpful pet organizations.
Be Active In Your Community
To fight a worldwide issue, you must first start tackling the issue in your own community. Therefore, start writing letters to your State Representative and Senator and ask them to support important animal protection legislation. It can also be helpful to know who your local animal control officer is so you can stay up to date on important animal issues in your community.
You can also go to your city representatives and not only discuss your value on this important part of municipal funding, you can be a part of decision making and/or plans improvements for shelters. Here’s an interesting piece of information: Many people do not realize that money for municipal shelters comes directly out of a pool of city coffers. Meaning, if the pet overpopulation issues are resolved, that money―your tax money―would go directly back into a pool that would benefit other important issues like roads, bridges, police, fire, etc.
Spay/Neuter Your Pets
Being a responsible pet owner in your own home can help to save countless number of lives by preventing the amount of unwanted pets that end up out in the wild. Take cats for example. These furry friends are capable of giving birth to three litters of kittens per year, with an average of four kittens per litter. In an average lifetime of 15 years for an indoor cat, this could result in up to 180 kittens in her lifetime.
If you assume that all of these litters are healthy and breed themselves, (this one cat could produce X number of kittens in her lifetime). This goes a long way toward contributing to the pet overpopulation problem. The only way to prevent cats and other animals from creating unwanted offspring is to have them spayed/neutered. This means YOU can make a huge difference; prevent X number of homeless pets; simply by spaying your dog or cat.
One person can easily make a difference in the life of a homeless pet, even with a few simple actions in your day-to-day life. Follow these three basic steps to help make a difference in your local community today.
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