Animals rely on us for food, water, shelter and love. Unfortunately, all too often, they are left to fend for themselves; they may wind up on the side of the road, left behind in a home when their owners move, or turned over to whichever local shelter will take them. The dogs and cats that share our homes with us have become domesticated creatures- they need us. They thrive on the love, affection, and companionship that we provide them and, in turn, we can thrive as well. Animal lovers always want to do more but are continually told, “you can’t save them all.” However, you can help- but how?
First, find a local rescue. Typically, there are dozens of local rescues for any given area, and they are likely donation-run only; the only money they receive are from the adoption fees and donations. Knowing this, any donation you can spare- whether it be in monetary, crates, food, bowls, toys, etc.- would be greatly appreciated and can be used to help more animals.
Can you foster? Many local rescues can only take in as many animals as they have foster homes for, since they do not neccessarily have a “headquarters”, or an office, which can house animals. If you have the room in your house and heart, you can help a rescue save more animals in need. When you foster, the rescue typically helps provide you with food, bowls, vet care, etc. for the animal(s) you have taken in. Not only do you make it possible to help more animals within the rescue, but you also help socialize the pet you become foster parents for. This allows them to become more easily adoptable because the foster parents can determine whether they get along with other animals, have any certain special needs, or need any additional behavioral work.
Sometimes rescues place their animals in local pet stores for exposure so that they have a higher chance of adoption. When this happens, they need volunteers to visit their animals every day, so that they can clean the habitat, provide them with clean water and fresh food, and socialize with them; you can volunteer your time for one day a week or several.
One such local Detroit rescue that can always use your help is Metro Area Animal Adoption Association (MAAAA). Currently, they are greatly in need of additional foster homes for their cats and dogs. This group of very passionate individuals rescue as many dogs and cats as they can, constantly providing top-notch love and care for those in their possession. They never want to have to turn down an animal in need and you can help by donating whatever you can, be it time, neccessities, money, or even by opening your home and becoming foster parents.
For additional information on this fantastic rescue, you can visit their website here or facebook page here.