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How to help animal shelters and pets in general

First and foremost it is vitally important to mention that animals have always been a significant part of human’s lives. And unfortunately, these pretty and open-hearted fluffies currently suffer from the war as we do. Not all animals are lucky enough to have a loving home, especially nowadays when irresponsible and aloof people leave them without food, accommodation and literally – care.

Luckily, animal shelters and charity organizations including the U-hearts Foundation aspire to provide a safe haven for animals in need, thus they do their best to help Ukrainian pets. But sometimes the episodical support of the community does not allow various organizations, including the U-hearts Foundation to surround many pets with this widely rewarding assistance. It is said that as a result of the war in Ukraine, the number of pets in shelters and in the care of pet volunteers really increased (from approximately 20 to 100%). And so did their needs.

In a majority of occasions animals are lack of:

  • accommodation;
  • veterinary support;
  • people who would help them;
  • the possibility of staying in a suitable habitat and safe conditions.

And now we will overview some issues which seem to rank among huge drawbacks in most Ukrainian shelters.

One of the biggest challenges is the lack of funding and resources for animal shelters. Many shelters are overcrowded, with limited space and resources. This can lead to poor living conditions and inadequate care for the animals.

Another issue is the lack of awareness and education about animal welfare and the point of helping homeless cats and dogs in Ukraine. Many people are still unaware of the importance of helping pets. This can lead to a high number of stray animals and a cycle of neglect and abuse.

In the article provided by the U-hearts Foundation team, we’ll discuss several ways aimed at helping pets and charity organizations. So how to help animal shelters?

– Volunteer your time
One of the most effective ways to help animal shelters is volunteering your time. Animal shelters always need extra hands to help to take care of animals, clean their living spaces, and provide socialization. Depending on your experience and skills, you could help with anything from walking dogs to assisting with adoption events.

– Donate money or supplies
Animal shelters rely heavily on donations to keep their doors open. Even a small donation can make a big difference. You can donate money directly to the shelter, or purchase supplies such as food, toys, and bedding. Many shelters have wish lists on their website that show the items they need most.

– Foster a pet
Fostering a pet is a great way to help an animal shelter without making a long-term commitment. Fostering gives animals a chance to live in a home environment while they wait for their forever homes. It also helps free up space in the shelter for other animals in need.

– Spread the word
Spread the word about helping pets and explain how to help animal shelters. Share social media posts from local shelters and animal rescue organizations. You can also share your own experiences with pet adoption to encourage others to consider it as an option.

– Attend adoption events
Many animal shelters host adoption events where potential adopters can meet and interact with the animals. Attending these events not only helps the animals find homes, but it also ensures supporting the shelter by bringing in potential donors and volunteers.

– Educate yourself and others
Education is key especially when it comes to animal welfare. Learn about the issues facing animals in your community and around the world. Educate yourself and others about the importance of helping pets, adopting them, etc. Keep on providing advice on the question: “how to help animal shelters”.

Finally it is necessary to help Ukrainian pets and possess yourself with a question of how can you help animals. Noble deeds and respectful treatment towards fluffies are actually rewarding and surely essential.

Posted by:

Veterinarian. Director of the Operations Department of the NGO Element of Life.

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