"Animal shelters need our help," says Steven Latham, the producer and director of the Shelter Me TV series. "Public animal shelters are a part of our communities. People can donate supplies, volunteer, adopt, foster and spend time with the pets. Every little bit helps."
Here are ways people can help their local shelters:
- You don't need to go to the shelter just to adopt. Even if you already have pets or can't have a pet, your help is still needed. Find out where your local shelter is and just stop by and have a look around.
- When you visit your shelter, ask what they need donated. Many shelters need blankets, towels, newspapers, cleaning supplies, toys, food, gift cards and money.
- Spend time with a pet. Having a dog or cat in a play area is so beneficial. The pet gets exercise and interaction and becomes less stressed. This helps when other people visit and are considering adopting.
- Make a profile of a pet on ShelterMe.com. This site lets anyone upload photos and video of a shelter pet to help them get adopted. Taking great photos and posting them on social media sites with information about the pet lets people know that they're at the shelter.
- Have a child's birthday party at the shelter. This is a great way for kids to interact with pets, learn and do fun activities.
- Enter the Shelter Me Video Contest: People can submit videos about shelter pets and win $10,000 in cash prizes.
- Consider fostering. A lot of the animals would benefit from a temporary home. Discuss with your local shelter how you can bring a pet home while looking for a permanent situation.
- Volunteer at a shelter. It's an incredibly important and rewarding thing to do. You can walk, bathe and train dogs and offer your professional skills.
- Request a DVD of the Shelter Me films to show at your local shelter. These events bring more people to the shelter. Please contact: info@ShelterMe.com
- Bring a friend who has never been to a shelter. Contact schools and organizations like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to organize field trips.