My furiends at Catster came up with some interesting ways that humans like you can help your local shelter that you may not have thought of. Everyone knows that you can go to the shelter to staff a booth at an adoption event, or clean cages, or feed the animals they are taking care of. But you can help shelters in ways you may not have thought of. And if you can find a special needs cat, such as a diabetic cat, to help that would be even better.
Here are the ways you can help shelters that you haven’t thought of:
- Bookkeeping and accounting. Every shelter has to keep records and file paperwork. If you have some experience and skills in this area, they very likely can use your help
- Computer help. One of the things that many shelters use to do their record keeping? Computers. They definitely need help keeping those running, especially since they likely do not have the funds to buy new equipment as often as they would like.
- Planning events. Many local shelters have events to raise money. My local humane society has the Fur Ball, Walk for the Animals, and a telethon. Volunteers are needed for these events.
- Legal help. There will always be legal issues that a shelter runs into, and attorneys are expensive. Shelters could use some advice from attorneys!
- Interactive media help. Most shelters know their websites are not up to date, and they need to improve them. But they don’t have people with the expertise or time to do it. If you have these skills, they’d love to hear from you.
These are just a few ways that you can help a shelter near you that you may not have thought of. Maybe you can design a web page to help feature their special needs cats. And if you do this, make sure you push the diabetic cats extra hard. We are sugar cats, after all and that makes us extra sweet!