Kids (yep, that means you!) can help pets in shelters

Dogs and cats end up in shelters for different reasons. Sometimes, unexpected things happen that make it impossible for people to keep their pets. Sometimes, animals are just born in the wrong place and never have homes in the first place. It’s important to remember that just because animals are in shelters doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with them. They just need our help.

That’s why Best Friends Animal Society is partnering with Nickelodeon’s Nick Helps campaign for National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. We want to give kids — like you — ideas and tools to help your local animal shelters.

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All animals are special

At Best Friends Animal Society, we believe that all dogs and cats are unique. Their size, age, personality, energy level, likes and dislikes all come together to make each one an individual. No matter what type of pet you’re looking for, you can find the perfect one for you at a shelter, rescue organization, or sanctuary. By adopting a pet rather than buying from a breeder or a pet store, you’re actually saving two lives — the life of the pet you adopt plus the pet you made room for in the shelter.

What kids can do to support homeless dogs and cats

Adopting your new best friend is important, but here are other ways you can help pets in shelters in your area:

  • Set up a lemonade stand or host a bake sale, and donate the profits to the animal shelter.
  • To celebrate your birthday or the holidays, ask people to donate money or supplies, like blankets, treats, and pet food, to your favorite animal welfare organization.
  • Adults can set up an online fundraiser to support the lifesaving work of Best Friends Animal Society.  
  • Invite friends over to make games and toys for dogs and cats in shelters.

Need help finding a local organization? Search our Best Friends Network for a group near you.

Thank you for caring about homeless pets. Together, we will Save Them All.