New Year’s Resolutions: How To Make A Difference To Local Animals

New Year’s Resolutions: How To Make A Difference To Local Animals

Make volunteering at a shelter part of your 2013 New Year’s Resolution.

Now that we have officially entered 2013, we are saying goodbye to yet another wonderful year that is now behind us. It is time to start looking ahead towards the upcoming year and evaluate what changes we would like to make in our lives. Some people choose to come up with important resolutions for their personal lives―dieting, taking up a new sport or activity, exercising more―while others may choose to make goals in their professional lives.

However, what about choosing a resolution that not only makes a difference in your life, but also in the life of someone else? The new year is the perfect time to get started with donating to a local charity that is close to your heart or to begin volunteering at a local shelter or charity organization. There are plenty of different ways to help out, depending on where your interests lie.

If you are someone who has big soft spot for animals and are passionate about making a difference in the life of a furry friend, then volunteering at a local animal shelter may be a great option for you. This type of volunteering is not only rewarding and fun for the individual, but it can also make a huge difference in the life of an animal without a home. Even just volunteering or lending your time a few hours a month can go a long way towards ensuring a long, happy life for an abandoned animal.

To help you get started with making a difference in 2013, we have put together some information about the many ways in which you can help make an improvement in the life of a local animal this upcoming year.

Donating Your Time

Going in person to volunteer your time at a local animal shelter is a great way to interact one on one with the animals whose lives you are changing. Plus, because of all of the activities that occur each day at an animal shelter, it is easy to choose a type of volunteering that fits your unique strengths and interests. For instance, you could walk or play with the animals if you are looking to get hands on, or you could help with paperwork or finding foster parents if you prefer to be behind the scenes on the action.

Donating Money and Supplies

Not everyone has the time set aside each week to volunteer in person at an animal shelter. Luckily, there are still many ways in which you can help out. Animal shelters are always looking for both monetary donations and donations of food, toys and bedding to help provide shelter animals with what they need to be healthy and happy until they find a home of their own.

Fostering A Pet

While many animal shelters across the country already take in many homeless pets, there simply is never enough space. Unfortunately, many homeless animals who are not adopted or cannot fit into shelters are often euthanized. You can help prevent this from happening by fostering a homeless dog or cat and giving them a loving, stable environment until they are adopted or can be put back into a shelter. Being able to evaluate an animal’s personality, habits, needs and behaviors while they are being fostered also makes it easier to find the best permanent home for them in the long run.

If you are looking to learn more about how you can make a difference in a homeless pets life, be sure to contact the Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets. Our organization was created with the intention of increasing awareness and finding every animal a forever home. By taking the time to volunteer in 2013, you can help us meet our own New Year’s resolution of finding every homeless pet a happy, loving one.


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