Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with a nor’easter making temperatures plummet there are lots of animals that need your help to stay warm and well fed this year. Here are six easy ways to give back to pets over the holiday season, many of which you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Sponsor a shelter pet
We’ve all seen the adorable but often heartbreaking photos of pets looking for their forever homes, but sometimes it’s just not possible to bring an animal home. Petfinder has a great program that allows you to support shelter pets by sponsoring them. Best of all Orvis is currently matching donations, so the shelter will get double what you donate.
Walk for a dog.
Download the Wooftrax app and go for a walk, it’s as easy as that. Wooftrax will donate money to an animal shelter every time you take your pet for a walk. More miles equals more money for shelters, how about a nice long walk to prepare for Thanksgiving this year?
With your Christmas Shopping.
It’s that time of year again! If you’re planning on using Amazon for gifts this year, don’t forget to login through the Smile page. Amazon will donate 0.5% of every transaction you make, to a charity of your choice, at no extra cost to you.
Donate your time.
Shelters frequently need help, if you have any free time available give your local shelter a call and see how you can help give back to homeless cats and dogs this holiday season. Here’s a handy database to help you find your local shelter.
Donate items to your local shelter or food bank.
Many shelters have online lists or Amazon Wishlists detailing any products they have a shortage of, but if in doubt call and ask. They’ll greatly appreciate any help you can give them. And don’t forget your local food bank, if you’re donating food this Thanksgiving, throwing in a bag of dog or cat food can help families in need feed their pets this holiday.
Shelters now commonly post photos of adoptable animals on their social media feeds, sharing the posts and tweets can help animals find their new forever home, just in time for Christmas.