Guest Blogger, Diedra Kirk – Verona Street Animal Society
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The Many Ways to Help Animals in Need
We often see posts and hear comments about how badly people feel about animals in unfortunate situations so we wanted to post some ideas of how you can get involved even with little time or money.
- Volunteer at the Shelter – Shelters always need extra hands to keep their temporary residents happy and healthy. Consider volunteering even a couple hours per week to help with tasks around the shelter. For example, you can volunteer to walk dogs, socialize cats, help out at an event, provide customer service or data entry, or even assist in the clinic.
- Fundraise – You can sign up to volunteer at an event already scheduled or create your own fundraiser and donate the proceeds. Bake sales, garage sales, lemonade stands, can and bottle drives, and fitness challenges are all great ways to raise money that you can donate as a tax deductible gift. You could also choose to have friends and family donate money to your fundraiser instead of birthday or anniversary gifts.
- Donate Goods – You can always give money; however, shelters usually have a wish list of items that are in short supply or not covered by operating budgets. They can be very inexpensive things that you may have in your home or can easily buy while doing your weekly errands. While you are out shopping for your pet, you could pick up an extra box of milk bones, a Kong or even some laundry soap.
- Foster Pets – It is preferable to get a pet into a home as quickly as possible even if it is not going to be their forever home. In a foster home, animals are more relaxed, less stressed and often benefit from the socialization and training a family can provide. This extra care results in a more well behaved pet that will present better for potential adopters.
- Buy from Retailers that Support Shelters – There are stores and websites that will give a portion of your purchase to the shelter in the form of a donation.
- Follow us on Facebook & Twitter and share the posts with your friends and family. They may not be looking for a new pet but someone they know might be. It also helps spread the word for fundraising events like The Fast & The Furriest® Race & Pet Fest!
If you are interested in getting involved with a shelter in Rochester, please contact us:
Verona Street Animal Society
P.O. Box 22874, Rochester, NY 14692
About Verona Street Animal Society
The Verona Street Animal Society, Inc. (VSAS) is dedicated to providing the resources necessary to enable Rochester Animal Services to more effectively serve the public’s animal care and control, pet sterilization, and pet adoption interests and, in cooperation with the City of Rochester, to support the mission of Rochester Animal Services.
Rochester Animal Services (RAS) is a municipal animal care and control agency dedicated to improving the quality of life and safety for city residents and their animals, the promotion of responsible pet ownership, and the reduction of animal overpopulation to reduce animal suffering and euthanasia. RAS enforces all New York State and City of Rochester ordinances pertaining to animal control. RAS operates an animal shelter for stray, injured, and disowned animals that serves both as an adoption center and as a site for locating lost pets. RAS strives to provide the best possible care for every animal in its charge.
Diedra Kirk is a Board Member at Verona Street Animal Society and Volunteer at Rochester Animal Services. She graduated with a B.S. Degree from Cornell University and a MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has had a career in product and service marketing, social media and e-business.