When people think of volunteering at rescues and animal shelters, usually two things come to mind: walking dogs and cuddling cats.
But there are SO many other ways to help (some don't even involve working directly with animals or writing checks, though those are always appreciated!)
Here are a few ways you can help:
1. Transport Animals Mind if you use your car? And you to drive it? Donating a little of your time and driving skills to help organizations get animals to vet appointments makes a tremendous difference in keeping homeless animals optimally healthy.
2. Craft for the Cause Do you sew, knit or crochet? Making dog & cat beds, sweaters and neckwarmers are just a few of the ways you can bring your talents to the aid of animal who can use all the comfort and TLC they can get.
3. Laundry = Love No, you don't have to love laundry but wouldn't you rather see places local animal controls who are often 'open admission' and take in thousands of animals each year, devote their often-too-small staff more to animal care and less to folding towels and blankets? Shelters process a LOT of laundry and when it comes in, someone has to fold it and put it away. Get some friends and some coffee-to-go and help staff focus their skilled services where they are needed most! And for rescues, some rely on volunteers to actually DO their laundry. This isn't uncommon for all-volunteer organizations who have to try to save money wherever they can and don't always have funds for a laundry service.