Have you appreciated your animal shelter this week?

We know we talk a lot about animal shelters and adoption agencies here at Variety Pet Foods, but it’s for a good reason. The people running these shelters and organizations are giving their time, energy, and oodles of love in order to care for those dogs and cats who’ve yet to find their forever home. They sacrifice so much to try and provide comfort and basic necessities (like food, exercise, and companionship) to pets without resorting to euthanasia. And we always want to applaud them for the amazing work they do, day in, day out, week after week. That’s why this week is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week!

It likely takes far more effort to keep an animal shelter up and running than you may imagine. Dogs and cats need consistent, daily care. You can’t just clock out and go home for the weekend! Many shelters run primarily on volunteer staff, and it’s not uncommon for them to be lacking the supplies they need to properly care for the animals they oversee. This can range anywhere from daily food and treats to vaccinations and neutering/spaying services to a few toys the dogs and cats can enjoy. So how do we show our appreciation for them this week?

Obviously, the biggest thing you can do is, yes, adopt a dog or cat from a shelter! Not only does this leave the shelter with one less mouth to feed, but it gives them peace of mind that one of their charges is now being loved in a home of their own. Plus, you get to welcome a wonderful new addition to your family. What’s there to lose?

If you can’t adopt right now, consider helping boost the visibility of your local shelter so more people are aware of its needs and can get involved. Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, participating in their social media and re-posting their content for your friends and family to see. Many shelters also announce adoption events or volunteer opportunities online, which leads us to our next idea.

Get involved! Shelters love volunteers (though sometimes there are age/health restrictions, so be sure to ask ahead of time), and they also enjoy when people become regular contributors, both of funds and physical resources.

See? It’s easy. The more people who get involved with a local shelter, the better chance the whole community will learn about it, and the better chance that dogs and cats from there will be adopted and go on to live wonderful lives with families of their own.

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