According to animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov, it is always a good time to help your local animal shelter especially during the holidays. During this holiday season, make sure you include homeless shelter pets on your gift list for the holidays. What better way to help these animals than to also show kids in your family some good ways to give to shelter pets? Here are ten ideas to try from Igor Purlantov:
10) Do you know an aspiring child artist? Ask them to draw or paint pets for a fee during the holiday season. You can also ask a local pet store or veterinarian to provide the venue for show casing this art work.
9) Offer to walk dogs or socialize with cats during the holiday season when kids are out of school and there are fewer volunteers working at the local shelter says Igor Purlantov.
8) Does your local shelter have a wish list on e-commerce? If not, ask if your kids can help in arranging this wish list and the shelter can mention it in their email newsletters, adoption ads, etc.
7) Find a kid who is a good photographer as many are just with using their smart phones according to Igor Purlantov. Ask them to help photograph shelter pets for holiday ads in the local newspaper.
6) Ask your local shelter what they need and take your kids on a shopping trip for homeless pets. Buy pet toys, food or any items your local shelter may need.
5) Encourage kids to sponsor homeless pets. They can pick out a pet to sponsor and ask their friends to donate toward the pet’s fund until they have reached the dollar amount needed to feed, neuter or care for that pet. Once the kid reaches the goal, take them to the shelter to visit the pet says Igor Purlantov.
4) Ask kids to sponsor a pet food pantry where they can even partner with your local food pantry for homeless people as well as local pet food stores or veterinarians.
3) Kids can contact local restaurants and designate a certain day as “homeless pet day.” The restaurants can donate a certain percentage of their revenues to the local animal shelter and even post photos of homeless pets and ask people to donate directly.
2) Ask kids to write clever descriptions of shelter pets for use online or on their cages at the shelter. Well written descriptions can encourage potential adopters to linger longer when looking at pets for adoption.
1) Ask kids to host a holiday party for local shelter pets. Ask your local shelter for a list of specific items they need and ask attendees to bring those items says Igor Purlantov.