How YOU Can Help
Every year, over 250,000 dogs and cats are euthanised in Australia’s animal shelters and pounds for lack of good homes. Mandatory desexing laws and breeding bans aim to stop countless animals from being born, only for many to end up on the streets or in shelters. Domestic animal rescues all around Australia are constantly struggling to save the lives of those that enter the shelters, however unfortunately more than 50% again see the light of day. These rescues specialise in rehoming abandoned, mistreated, surrendered and unwanted animals as well as being ambassadors for the desexing of animals to attempt to reduce reproduction.
BECOME A FOSTER PARENT
Fostering kittens, puppies, dogs and cats is a wonderful way you can help a shelter. It gives baby animals a second chance at life, and it gives rescues the time to rehabilitate them and find them a new home, where they never have to face hardship again. It also provides the animal the opportunity to become well socialised, and gives older animals respite from a shelter environment. Speak to your local rescue organization to find out what you need to do to become a foster parent. Most rescues have online applications and you can be approved within 72 hours. Rescues can never find enough fosterers. you can be approve
Help out at your local rescue or shelter
For those willing to get their hands dirty, you can volunteer to help clean animal environments, change litter trays, provide enrichment and exercise for the pets in care. There is always plenty of laundry to be washed, dried and sorted as well as feeding, cleaning food and water bowls. In order fit in to the shelter’s and the animal’s routine, they will often require a set committed shift, for example 4 hours each Sunday morning or similar.
Offer your skills to a local rescue group
Volunteer your photography or videography skills – a good photo of an animal goes a long way when re-homing and winning hearts. If events or fundraising is your thing, most rescues and shelters require those skills in order to gain community and financial support, and would be thrilled to have you.
BE A TRANSPORTER
Rescues need transport for a number of things- including but not limited to:
– Pound breaks to new homes
– Supply runs of support items and food to rescues in need
– Transporting foster animals to their vet appointments
Donate items – to us or to the shelter/pound closest to you
Animal shelters always need toys and enrichment activities to keep the animals entertained. They also need coats and jackets for winter, blankets, towels, flat sheets, pet beds, puppy pads and good quality food to help look after the animals. Many shelters and pounds will have their wish lists on their webpages and generally get little or no support from the government, council or local community. The animals in shelters often go without because of the lack of support.