Volunteering or Fostering in the New Year
If you’re looking for a New Year’s Resolution that will better your life and the lives of animals, please consider volunteering or fostering in 2024. There are so many amazing animals looking for their forever homes that could use more love and care while they wait to be adopted.
Animal shelters and rescues are always in need of help from community members in order to save more lives and are grateful to anyone willing to donate their time and energy to the cause. Volunteering can range from cleaning cages, playing with animals, helping at adoption events, transporting animals to and from the vet. If you have a specific talent like photography, graphic design, video editing, fundraising, or event planning, you can use those skills to help out a cause you support. Shelters and rescues always need help with marketing their adoptable dogs and cats and raising money for their care. The faster they adopt out animals, the more new animals they can rescue. They will absolutely appreciate your time and assistance with making the animals happier and more comfortable while they wait to be adopted!
Fostering animals is another great way to give back to the community and help out a shelter or rescue group. Temporarily taking an animal into your home frees up a cage at the shelter for a new animal to be saved. So you are really saving two lives! Providing a safe space for a cat or kitten and caring for them is incredibly fulfilling and seeing them get adopted is very rewarding. Fostering opportunities range from newborn kittens to senior cats and everything in between. Sometimes animals recovering from surgery need to be on cage rest for a few weeks and you can borrow a dog crate and set up a space for the cat in your living room or bedroom and have a companion for a short time. Sometimes the rescue is simply too full and has no more available cages and needs community members to foster perfectly healthy and adoptable adult cats. Sick cats, injured cats, bottle baby kittens, hospice cats in need of a final loving home for whatever time they have left, you can absolutely find a cat who fits your lifestyle and availability. You will be an important part of their story and their journey to finding a forever home simply by offering your heart and your home to them for a few weeks or months.
Volunteering and fostering cats and kittens is a one-of-a-kind experience that truly opens your heart. You will meet so many kind and loving souls, both human and feline, who will inspire and encourage you. You will learn so many new things and help many lives along the way. If you’re looking to help animals or better your community in the coming year, we highly recommend volunteering or fostering for your local shelter or rescue group!