Did you know how important and integral Animal Rescue groups / No Kill Shelters, The Humane Society, and ASPCA are to our society? They not only help bring animals together with the right family, they help lessen our reliance on high kill shelters. Any animal who makes it out of a high kill shelter to a good home knows how lucky it is.
In the past, I would watch the ASPCA and Humane Society commercials with the sad dogs and cats in shelters. It would really tear at my heart strings. I would ask myself, “What could I do to help?,” instead of feeling helpless watching those commercials. So, one day, I decided I was going to visit a high kill shelter and see what it was really about. Every dog I saw had a sad expression and wanted out of their kennel with a face that begged, “Please get me out of here and take me home!” The yelping and crying is something you don’t ever forget whether you are an animal lover or not. This is part of the reason I started volunteering with OPH (Operation Paws for Homes). OPH is a 501(c)(3) organization that is 100% donor funded. They receive no funding from federal, state, or county governments. As a result, they rely on donations and their adoption fees in order to save the dogs in need from high-kill shelters.
I have also volunteered with Noah’s Arks Rescue. This organization is more specialized. They help supply emergency medical, surgical and rehabilitation to abused animals. They are not a shelter and their lifelong hope is that our society becomes educated in the ethical treatment of all animals.
Both, OPH and Noah’s Arks Rescue do amazing work to connect animals with the right family. Volunteering my time to help these dogs find good homes has become a mission. There are so many others who are able to do more than me, but, every little bit helps. The key is to make a difference with the time and resources you have available. There is no greater feeling than knowing you have helped make a difference in this world! If you want to learn more about this topic, please refer to my article, The Importance of Understanding Pet Overpopulation.
If you are still not sure about volunteering, here are a few top reasons to volunteer at your local animal shelter.
If you are thinking of volunteering for an animal rescue group, here is a list of 10 Amazing No-Kill Animal Shelters in the U.S.
**If you can’t adopt – foster
**If you can’t foster – sponsor
**If you can’t sponsor – volunteer
**If you can’t volunteer – donate
**If you can’t donate – educate and network with others
Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life!