The images that have been shared across various platforms since Hurricane Harvey have left people horrified and confused about how to help the animals in southeast Texas. This is just one instance in which people felt the need to step up and help animals in need.

There are multiple ways to donate to those in need. The situation of stray animals in the US is widely publicized. Many of us don’t fully realize the help we can offer animals in need in our local communities.

Donate Money to a Local Animal Shelter or Organization

The easiest way to help animals in your community is to donate money to a local animal welfare organization. You can easily contribute to a local animal shelter by going to their website or performing a search using terms such as “animal shelter in my city.” You can also donate in person at the shelter.

Buy Items From a Shelter’s Wishlist

The shelters in your area likely have a list of items they would like to receive to continue providing good care for the animals. Shelters often need food, blankets, leashes, collars, cat litter, and beds.

Spend Time Volunteering at Your Local Shelter

You can also volunteer at an organization’s website by going to the “About Us” section and checking out their volunteer guidelines. Perhaps you have a specific skill that will help the staff at the shelter. There are many tasks that the shelter employees need help regularly doing.

Be A Pet Foster Parent

By volunteering to become a foster home for local pets, you can help the shelters by freeing up space and supporting the animals to get used to new homes. You can also help ensure the animals are taken care of properly until they get adopted.

Use Social Media to Your Advantage

If you’re a tech-savvy person, consider becoming a social media ambassador for a local shelter by sharing your favorite posts and photos on various platforms. The more people the shelters can reach through social media, the more likely they will find homes for the animals.

You don’t have to have a lot of money or influence to help needy animals in your community. If you spend a little time and effort, you will be able to offer a lot of help to your local animal shelter.