A: Adopt a Shelter

A2Z-BADGE [2016]

In participation with the A to Z Blog Challenge for 2016, I’m posting about people, places, and things from the past, in an A to Z theme. We’ll post every day during April, except Sunday’s – when we all get time off for good behavior.

I hope you enjoy these posts about the past. Check out some of the awesome blogs that are participating in the A to Z Challenge this year. There’s over 1700 blogs participating in the challenge, so I’m sure you’ll find some treasures in there.


Animal shelters across the nation are filled with countless thousands of cats and dogs needing forever homes. If animal lovers had their ways, these homeless creatures would fill their homes and shelters would be empty.

Unfortunately, many of us are already filled to capacity, and some can’t have animals at all where they’re at. But we still want to help these animals in need.

If you can’t adopt from your local shelter, there are still many ways you can help this cause. Of course there’s the usual method – donating. But sometimes our pocket books can’t keep up with what we’d like to give.

Don’t be dismayed – there’s still a slew of different ways to adopt a shelter and help the animals.


Most shelters are understaffed and underfunded. They don’t have enough hands to go around. Adopting a local shelter by donating your time is a much appreciated gift.

Donate by giving your time at the shelter: cleaning, walking animals, petting cats, putting up flyers, helping at events.

Donate by sharing your expertise: Help with a web page, write articles or grants, help with office work, photography, accounting or legal services.


Check with your local shelter to see what items are on their wish list. Many appreciate donations of new or gently used bedding (beds, blankets, and towels), crates, or toys.

Food, litter and cleaning supplies are always appreciated.

Mother Nature Network has an excellent article with 25 ways to help your local shelter. They mention scanning Craig’s List or Freecycle for items that would be useful at your adopted shelter.


Like your local shelter on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter. Share their posts to help find homes for the animals there. (They don’t have a Facebook page? Volunteer to set one up for them.)

Low Country Dog magazine has a link to Twitter a Critter, a web application that helps spread the word about pets that need adopted.


Get crafty and create some useful items for your local shelter. BarkPost has a post with 12 creative ways to help animal shelters. They include instructions on how to make a pet bed from an old sweater.

The Humane Society has a post with 10 ways to help your local animal shelter or rescue. They mention several ways to get crafty, with links for different toys to make, braiding strips of fleece and making DIY cat toys from empty toilet paper rolls.

Have you adopted a local animal shelter or rescue? What ways do you help out?



16 thoughts on “A: Adopt a Shelter

  1. This is wonderful. Thank you for all that you do for the cats and dogs. Right now, I cannot adopt a cat because we have a 16-year-old cat on medication. She is also rather territorial. I love the heck out of her and hope that people will remember to adopt the older animals.

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    1. I’m with you Alice. We took in a 15 yo man that our clinic had. Someone moved & couldn’t take him & the clinic couldn’t re-home him because of his age. We took him in & yes, there were some problems…a few more messes to clean up lol. But I like to think that his last two years were happy here, not locked in a cage at the clinic – or worse.
      Have a wonderful day.


  2. Excellent post Trisha! So much great information and what a wonderful collection of resources! Thanks for spreading the word that help goes beyond donating money…
    I’ll look forward to your next post!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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