As you and your family gather around the table, come together for holiday festivities and help others this holiday season, please remember the pets in need in our community as well.
Each day we have a slew of cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals walk through our shelter all looking for a second chance at a great life. As a limited-intake facility, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton helps as many animals as we can and tries to impact each life in a positive way.
We can’t do the work we do for animals in need without the help of you. If you would like to help us impact the lives of pets in need and give the gift of hope this holiday season, consider helping the Humane Society of Greater Dayton or another animal shelter in your community. Here are just a few ways you can help animals right in your community:
Donate to Your Area Shelter
Animal shelters are always in need of supplies and donations to help the animals they care for. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is no exception to this. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare agency, we receive no government funding and are not affiliated with any other organization on a local or national level. All of our programs and services are run solely on the donations we receive from individuals, companies and grants. This is why your support is so critical to our success.
If you want to help a pet in need, consider making a donation to an animal shelter. If you don’t want to give money, consider holding a food drive for pets in need. Or, as Cyber Monday approaches, check out ways to donate supplies online. The Humane Society has a Wish List on Amazon.com that has all of our current supplies needed at the shelter. With just a quick click of the mouse, you can purchase items online and have them shipped directly to our shelter. Check out our Amazon Wish List here.
Give Your Time
If making a contribution is out of your budget, consider donating your time to your local animal shelter. The Humane Society has more than 250 volunteers at any given time helping with a slew of things. From socializing our pets or cleaning cages to helping with office work or planning events in our community, there is something to do at the shelter for any passionate animal lover.
Another option to consider is becoming a foster parent for pets in need. Like other foster programs, we have a pool of people who love animals but can’t commit to a long-term adoption. These caring individuals take in animals that are too young, too sick or in need of specialized medical care and place them in their homes so they are able to become strong and healthy again. Once ready, these animals can then move into our adoption program. They are socialized, familiar with a home environment and are much easier to adopt thanks to the round-the-clock care of our devoted foster families.
Adopt a Pet in Need
There is no better way to show a pet in need you care then by giving them a second chance and a loving, forever home to call their own. Adopting a pet from a shelter is a rewarding experience for families. We have a large variety of animals to fit with any family’s needs. From your child’s first puppy to a senior cat to curl up on your lap and just be with you, we have something for everyone. Now, all we need is for you to come in and find your new furry family member!
Be an Advocate for Pets
With a limited staff, we can only be so many places at any given time. This is why it is so important for each person in our community to act as the eyes and ears for pets in need. Sadly, animal abuse happens far too frequently. If you witness an animal that is being abused or neglected, please let us know! We know it takes courage to stand up and report animal abuse, but with your bravery, you can help save the life of an animal who needs our help. If you have witnessed an animal that is being neglected or abused, please report it by visiting www.hsdayton.org or by calling 855-PETS-911. All information you provide remains anonymous, but please give as much information as you can so our humane agents can help the animal in need.
We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. We thank each of you so much for your generosity and for loving animals just as much as we do. Together, this holiday season, we can impact the lives of pets in need and give each of them the gift of hope this year!
Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.