This post is sponsored by Cat’s Pride but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Ever since I was a little girl I have LOVED animals and have always had a passel of them. As an adult, I try to do my part by volunteering and doing what I can for shelters and rescues. It is no different for the many homeless animals that happen my way. Our cat Tazzie came into our lives as a lost homeless kitten on a stormy rainy night.
We heard faint meows coming from what sounded like the back porch. We opened the door and looked around but didn’t see a kitty. However, as soon as we went back in, the meowing started again. So, we went searching again and this time found a small rain-soaked kitten shivering behind the flower pots. The poor little thing was a mess. We quickly scooped her up and took her in to get warm and dry.
Once she was warm and had a full tummy she was ready for some serious catnapping time. She immediately curled up and went sound to sleep. Needless to say, Tazzie became part of our family that night.
Today, Tazzie is thriving as a happy, playful and spoiled cat! She spends time playing and napping in her very own cat condo!
And, of course, she loves spending time with her human brother and gobbling up tasty treats!
Tazzie is loved by the whole family and while there is a happy ending to her story, unfortunately, there are many homeless kitties in the shelters still waiting for their happy ending.
By volunteering with shelters and rescues, I can vouch for the sheer numbers of homeless kittens and cats! Local shelters and rescues are bursting at the seams with homeless pets needing fed and cared for.
How You Can Help Shelters and Rescues
Most shelters are stretched to their limit on funds to care for the overwhelming numbers of homeless pets. The sad part is most of them depend primarily on donations and those are few and far between. We can help ease their burden! There are several ways you can help shelters and the pets waiting on their forever homes. Take a look!
Money donations are always welcome to help pay for food, medications, building fees, utilities, and the many other expenses they incur. However, for most people, there is no extra after the paycheck has been stretched over expenses. Don’t be discouraged! There are other ways to help!
Shelters LOVE Volunteers
Volunteers are also in high demand! If you can manage a few hours or even a day or two, shelters love having help caring for the pets. It may be something as simple as petting, playing and interacting with them. Or, you may want to dig in and help feed, bath, or clean cages.
Offer Your Skills
Are you proficient in clerical work? Do you have bookkeeping experience or computer skills? Maybe you are great at photography? Some shelters need help with clerical, bookkeeping, photography for adoption ads, planning adoption events and/or networking to help get the animals adopted.
Donating supplies is a welcome way to help your local shelter. Most shelters have a list of items they need or use such as food, bowls, blankets, bedding, toys, detergent, paper towels, etc. You can check with your local shelter or on their websites for a list of items they need most.
For cat shelters, the MOST needed item is cat litter. Can you imagine the pounds of litter the overflowing flowing cat shelters go through? The Litter for Good™ Program is doing their part by helping donate too!
What is the Litter for Good Program?
You can help cats in shelters simply by purchasing your own kitty litter! That’s right! With the Litter for Good initiative, each time pet parents purchase a GREEN JUG of Cat’s Pride® Fresh & Light®, one pound of litter will be donated to animal welfare organizations across the USA!
The cat litter donations from Litter for Good help in a HUGE way that ultimately saves lives. The rescues and shelters are able to save the one precious commodity – money. They are free to use the money to get lifesaving vet care, medications, food for the animals in their care, and focus on getting them adopted!
Purchase Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light
As you can see, there are several ways to help kitties in need. It can be as simple as purchasing Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light for your own kitty! It is a lightweight litter that comes in scented or unscented, whichever one you and your kitty prefer, and is low-dust fast clumping, and easy scooping. You can find it at most grocery and retail stores. I found mine at our local Publix!
Learn more about the Litter for Good program at Cat’s Pride. And, be sure and sign up for the FREE Cat’s Pride® Club and nominate a shelter to receive litter donation. Cat’s Pride also offers valuable coupons and incentives throughout the year and you will want to stay updated on the program donations and shelter highlights!