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Q: How and When can You Volunteer?

March 12, 2008 | By Robin P. | 2 answers | Expired: 2399 days ago

How can you help a shelter? You don't have to be there everyday, all day. Maybe one or two hours a few days a week or even one or two hours a week. You don't have to go there at all...you can do things at home. If you sew or crochet you can make pet beds from left over material or make small blankets from all that extra yarn you have no use for. You can do crafts to help raise money. You can foster. It doesn't have to be a mom and kittens...it could be a senior cat who needs someone to love and care for him when instead of living his last years in a shelter. You could care for cats that are being shown in local pet stores by feeding and cleaning. You can help with fundraising and events. You might want to babysit animals when someone goes on vacation or fill in for someone at a shelter while they go away. You can just go to the shelter and take a dog for a walk or play with and socialize the cats. There are lots of things to do. Please consider inquiring at your nearest shelter.

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Theresa
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Mar 12, 2008

Robin this really did not seem like a question but you made a lot of good points in how to volunteer and help a shelter. There are shelters every where that need a helping hand, be it walk a dog, clean a cage, foster or donate paper towels. We also have paper collection containers around the county that people can place their newspapers or mail in to recycle for money for the humane society. It only takes the small effort to make a difference. Give a hour give a minute, it all counts. Donate used towels or blankets, dog toys, treats, anything is appreciated.

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Dylan75
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Mar 14, 2008

I like to help out my local shelters but because of my schedule, it's imposable for me to donate much time and because I'm a poor college student (again) I have to limit my monetary donations. Instead, I make catnip toys and give them to kitties that are in desperate need for some nip. They are easy to make and I can make ten in an hour. I grow the catnip so it's free and I use old t-shirts for the toy. They love it and it's a gift from the heart for a kitty that hasn't been forgotten.

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