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By Heather Beeson-Mazzone
January 13, 2014
Category: Pets

 

Still pondering ideas for a New Year’s Resolution? Perhaps 2014 is THE YEAR… that you really want to go above and beyond to not only implement change in your life, but also in your local pet community.  Join us as we unveil some top ways to go about helping animal welfare organizations in your community and save animal lives in the process.  Bonus: One idea below will even allow you to implement that new exercise resolution you were thinking about committing you and your pet to in the New Year!

  • Trap/Neuter/Return. 

Gone are the days where feeding stray or feral neighborhood cats is deemed status quo.  This year why not help your local rescues and animal shelters by supporting their Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) programs, which have been successfully implemented nationwide to help stabilize and maintain healthy feral cat colonies. 

In order to adequately care and manage a cat colony, one must be willing to humanely trap, transport, and care for the feral cats.  With TNR, the cats are transported to a veterinarian (like us!) where they are spayed/neutered and properly vaccinated at low cost.  Since feral cats are extremely difficult to socialize and not readily adoptable, they are often released back into their original environment, where caregivers agree to provide them with food and water.

The Feral Cat Coalition has humane traps (with instructions) available to borrow.

  • Volunteer

If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of homeless pets, consider volunteering at one of your local pet rescues or animal shelters.  Just a little time can end up meaning the world to a homeless animal!  You can find opportunities from animal care, to pet therapy programs, and local adoption events.  Visit VounteerMatch.org for current volunteer opportunities in your area or visit your favorite organization’s homepage for more information regarding volunteering.

  • Foster

If you are looking for a commitment opportunity that you can do from the comfort of your own home in 2014, consider providing short-term, in-home care for friendly dogs, cats, and other animals while preparing them for adoption into a loving home.  Fostering a pet is not only a rewarding experience, but it’s a great way to help out your local shelter and helps to free up more kennel space thereby helping even more animals in need. Fostering can last from a few days to several months.  If interested, please contact your local pet rescue group or animal shelter for more information.

  • Donate

Want to help out, but can’t find the time?…consider donating to your local animal shelter or rescue organization.  Even the smallest amount can help, especially given the number of homeless pets. 

Wish you could donate, but don’t have the extra funds to do so?…consider donating supplies!  Shelters can always use some extra supplies. Contact your local shelter or rescue group to see if it has a wish list of items it needs.  Supplies can range from food and litter to pet beds, dishes, towels, blankets, and even old newspapers!

We mentioned that you could help pets and commit to that New Year’s exercise regimen at the same time…here’s how! Register you (and sometimes even your pet, too!) for an upcoming pet-sponsored walk/run.  San Diego is home to many of these events, allowing supporters to come together and celebrate with their pets while raising vital funds towards animal welfare causes.  Some past events that Morena Pet Hospital has sponsored include the Humane Society’s Walk for Animals, Petco’s 5k Run/Walk, Gaslamp Holiday Parade, and Doggie Street Festival. Hope to see you and your pets there!

  • Shop

Did you know that you can now support many pet organizations and rescues with your online shopping? When you use Living Zoe or AmazonSmile, the prices are the same as if you went directly to the Retailer’s Website; the only difference is that a portion of your purchase can be donated back to a pet welfare group, such as the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA!  Next time you need to purchase things from online retailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Macy’s, iTunes, or even E-bay, remember to use the above shopping portals to help animals!

  • Share your voice.

Help put an end to animal suffering at the hands of puppy millers, factory farmers, animal fighters, poachers, sealers, and others who mistreat animals by making your voice heard.

If you are active on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), consider simply sharing posts about pet adoption events, those pets in need of forever homes (especially those in high-kill situations!), and lost pets.  Like/Follow us today for current adoption posts, events, etc.


Have any New Year’s resolutions that will help benefit animals this year?  Share them in our comment section below!