How You Can Help Your Local Rescue or Shelter 2023

by Suzie Cyrenne July 21, 2023 5 min read

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As the maxim goes, "Save the best for last." This is why we're saving this blog post as the finale. In this article, we'll go over how you can help local animal shelters and rescue groups in your very own way. Doing so isn't only about adopting dogs, cats or other pets. There are plenty of other ways you can help out and be involved wherever you may be in the country!

Tips to Help Animal Rescue or Local Shelters If You're a Kid

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If you're still below 18 years of age and you are not allowed to initiate the adoption process by yourself, you can still help out at local shelters and rescues by volunteering. Shelters and rescues are often short-staffed and underfunded. They usually cannot afford to hire more people to help take care of the animals even if they want to.

If you're young and really love animals, but cannot adopt a furry friend, then volunteering is the way to go. There are many benefits to volunteering, too. Besides spending time with a lot of adoptable pets, you'll also learn heaps of valuable lessons while you're at it (definitely an awesome touch to your future resume). Below are just a few things you can volunteer for:

  • Cleaning kennels

  • Feeding and training dogs and cats

  • Bathing and grooming animals

  • Dog walking or petting cats

  • Playing with animals

How You Can Help Your Local Animal Shelters or Rescue If You're a Professional

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Due to a lack of funding, shelters, and rescues may not always be able to hire the services offered by professionals. Below are just some of the things you can include in your checklist when volunteering at your local adoption center or rescue groups:

  • If you’re a photographer, take professional-grade animal photos for free. Professionally-taken photos can help make dogs and cats more adoptable. In return, you can add these images to your portfolio or add your watermark to them for some free advertising.

  • If you’re a veterinarian, give free checkups or free surgery. Most potential pet parents search for a healthy animal when they adopt a pet. You can significantly change the life of an abandoned puppy or kitten when you help them become more appealing health-wise to adopters.

  • If you’re a writer, create one or two articles per month for the rescue’s or shelter’s use. Most shelters and rescues have a Facebook page and a website these days. By donating a blog post or two, you can help increase your network online and social media presence.



How You Can Help Your Local Rescue or Animal Shelter If You're Handy

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Visit your local rescue group and you'll discover that there is always a roof needing to be fixed, pipes to replace, walls to paint, and a lot of other handyman types of tasks that need to be done. Volunteering to do these things can help them save a lot of money, which can be used to buy food and medicines for dogs, cats, and other pets in need.


How You Can Help Your Local Shelter or Rescue If You're a Social Media Influencer

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Do you have lots of Instagram followers and Facebook friends? In lieu of adopting dogs, cats and other pets, you can easily help out by utilizing your social media accounts. Simply log or sign in and click like or share whenever your local shelter or local rescue posts something new.

When you share an article (like this one) on social media, you're helping people who search for adoption information while also spreading the word on how to get the right pet.


How You Can Help Your Local Shelter or Rescue If You Have Extra Funds

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So many people may not be aware of how truly helpful donating a few dollars can be. This is why it's important to help locally because you can see first-hand the real conditions at the shelter or rescue and how funds are being used.

If you are not comfortable about simply handing over your cash, you can always buy supplies. A cool bonus: in some states or countries, this is tax-deductible too!


A Shoutout to All That Taught Us Valuable Lessons

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We'd also like to extend our gratitude to the hundreds of organizations that generously participated in our surveys and interviews. You can check them out to adopt a pet, too! They can help you find your new best friend. Take a look below and see which one is in your location:


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A Quick Heads Up If You're Looking to Adopt a Pet in Your Family

Are you looking to find a shelter near your location that is not on our checklist? Here is a List of Dog Rescues in the United States by state and breed. We truly hope that you’ve enjoyed this whole series as much as we’ve enjoyed getting all the juicy details on pet adoption and sharing them with all of you!

We do hope you’ll join us on Facebook for tips on how to save on vet bills plus more animal videos and articles. Make sure you also contact us if you'd like to get in touch with a pet homeopathy expert in the Zumalka team.

Suzie Cyrenne
Suzie Cyrenne


Suzie Cyrenne is a certified Homeopath with over ten years of experience creating natural products for cats and dogs. She co-founded eCommerce brand, Zumalka in 2013 with her husband Matt and is on a mission to help thousands of animals naturally improve their quality of life and shares her experience on their popular YouTube show. Hence, she created a line of high-performance natural pet supplements to target the root cause of common health issues. Suzie was influenced by her mother-in-law, who practiced homeopathy and made natural remedies from home. After being on prescriptions for many years for a skin issue without resolution, she wanted to try something new. Her problems were cleared up within a few months of dedication to a better diet supplemented by homeopathic remedies. That's when she knew that homeopathy worked! During this process, she wondered why there weren't better options for pets and soon created a popular line of natural remedies that have helped thousands of pets across the USA. When she’s not traveling or reading the next personal development book, you can find Suzie snowboarding, working out, or enjoying a daily hike.

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