Holiday Time at the Shelter!

Animal shelters are the cornerstone of animal welfare in our communities and they desperately need our help 365 days a year but especially during the holiday season. Here are a few of the many ways in which you can help your community shelter throughout the holiday season and into the New Year:

  1. Donate toys, bowls and enrichment items to the animals that will spend the holidays in the shelter.
  2. Have some extra blankets and/or towels?  Clean out the linen closet and donate your unwanted items to provide bedding for shelter animals during the cold winter months.
  3. Staying at home this season?  Consider volunteering at the local shelter.  Many shelters will be short on staff and volunteers due to holiday travel.  This is a wonderful time for animal advocates to provide much needed help with hands on care, website maintenance, adoption counseling, event planning, transport, the list goes on!  Ask shelter staff where you can be most helpful.
  4. Make a donation to the animal shelter on behalf of a friend as a holiday gift.  Better yet donate a spay/neuter voucher for your local low cost spay/neuter clinic.
  5. Post flyers in busy shopping areas highlighting adoptable animals in the local shelter.
  6. Remind all friends and family that there are many shelter animals looking for families.  Don’t shop!  ADOPT!

The holidays do not have to be a lonely time for shelter animals. As animal advocates we want to help as many animals as possible.  Your local animal shelter is a great place to start!  As a community we can make a difference.

Happy Holidays!


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Positively Expert: Kim Alboum

Kim Alboum is North Carolina's state director for The Humane Society of the United States. Since 2005, she has served as a volunteer coordinator and later as a board member for the Puppy Mill Awareness Day Organization. Her volunteer responsibilities also include tracking dog breeding legislation and cruelty laws.

  • So true. I volunteer at the local animal shelter, Castaic, CA, and there are so many good, cute and wonderful dogs and cats that need a home. I feel so bad that they will spend the holidays in the kennels when my own dogs will have a comfortable bed, warm meal and new toys and treats.

    We are having a pet adoption on 12/18 and I am hoping that all the animals can get homes for Christmas.

  • Emma Tameside

    You're right in saying our local animal shelters need our help. I've worked at several local shelters, and the work they do is phenomenal, although they really do struggle to keep up. I make a charity donation when I can, but I wish I could do more.

    Articles like this really do bring awareness with it though, and also straight-forward ways you can really help your local shelter. Animals really deserve our help, especially when there's such dreadful people out there who would do them harm.

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