It has been a while since I’ve done a Be the Change for Animals post, so I am long overdue. And this time around, I thought I would list some small things you can do that can add up to a lot when it comes to helping shelter pets. Why small things? All humans who love animals would love to donate bushels of money to their favorite shelters and rescue and spend hours volunteering for them, but sometimes it’s not possible. The holidays are coming soon, and everybody’s going to be busy with family events and buying gifts, so both time and money are at a premium. But that does not mean you can’t help. Here are some little things you can do to Be the Change:
- Play Meow Trivia at FreekibbleKat.com — it’s fun, takes just a couple of seconds, and nets 10 pieces of kibble for a shelter kitty! Do it every day — either bookmark the page in your favorite browser or you can sign up for email reminders.
- Sign up for rewards programs, and donate the rewards to your favorite rescue or shelter. I got this idea from Connie at the Tails from the Foster Kittens blog — she is a member of Swagbucks, and you can earn gift certificates from Amazon. Amazon gift certificates are easy to donate and the shelter can buy food or items off their wishlist!
- Give coupons to a rescue for cat food, cat litter or cleaning supplies. We all get these on occasion, so why not pass them along, especially if it is a brand you don’t use?
- Enter blog giveaways, and if you win, donate the item to your local shelter. I used to not enter most of these, especially the ones with the big prizes, because I already have so much and felt like there was someone out there who needed the prize more than me. Well, there is someone out there who really needs the big prizes some of the cat blog giveaways offer — a rescue or shelter! So I have decided to enter every big giveaway from now on — and donate the prize to a rescue or shelter if I win! I hope a lot of you do the same.
There are also some things you can do if you do have a bit of time and some creativity. I have seen some humans do awesome things in their spare time. The human from Fuzzy Tales can knit and she resolved to make one kitty blanket a week for a year to donate to the local humane society where she found Derry and Nicki. She did not quite hit her goal, though — she wound up making “only” 27! I think that’s fantastic! The human from Celestial Kitties really wanted to give back to Winnie’s Wish, the rescue that saved Leo, who now is part of her family. So she got the idea to make fun, simple cat toys and have a FUNdraiser… and she wound up making over a thousand dollars to donate! You don’t even need a lot of talent to make things to sell or donate — it is ridiculously easy to make nip knots and sell them at a bazaar for a buck apiece, then donate the money to a rescue — and give them any that are left over for the kitties to play with.
So never think you don’t have enough time or money to be the change for rescue animals — there is lots you can do! If you have more suggestions, please share below!