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  • How to Help Shelters

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    As Thanksgiving approaches, we feel that this is a wonderful time of year to remind us of what we are thankful for and how we can give back to those who need it. ThunderWorks would like to take this time to THANK all of those who help animals in shelters day in and day out.

    We understand that pet ownership is an important responsibility and that adopting a pet may not be an option, we’ve compiled some simple ways that you can still help animals in need in your area.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Lend a hand at fundraising and outreach events hosted by your local shelter. Common activities include greeting guests, setting up and breaking down tables, etc.
    • Hold a supply drive or garage sale to benefit a shelter. If your kids want to get involved, they could set up a collection box at their school or ask their friends for donations instead of birthday presents.
    • Assist with adoptions. Introduce people to the animals and answer their questions about owning a pet.
    • Foster a dog or cat for a week.
    • Walk dogs and pet cats.
    • Bathe, groom, and feed animals.

    Donation Opportunities

    • Postage stamps. Donations of un-cancelled stamps are used to help send thank-you letters to donors, pay bills, and send grant applications.
    • All-meat baby food (no onion powder). Dogs and cats can eat baby food, but check the label: onion powder can be toxic.
    • Bath towels, sheets, and blankets. Worn-down towels are perfect for drying animals after their baths, lining pet cages, and providing warm and comfy bedding.
    • Dye and fragrance-free detergent. Some cats and dogs are allergic to additives.
    • Other useful items to consider donating to a shelter near you include:
      • Paper towels
      • Canned cat and dog food
      • Cat carriers/dog crates
      • Dog/cat toys
      • Dog leashes

    If you are looking for a shelter in your area, visit http://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/ for more information.

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