Volunteer During National Pet Shelter Appreciation Week!

Hello everyone, and welcome to another brand new River Dogs dog blog! We hope that you and your spooky dogs had a great Halloween and managed to bag lots of homemade dog treats from the neighbours. We’re sure that the Tadcaster River Dogs crew invited ghouls and goblins alike into their doggy home headquarters, and we’ll be sure to up the exercise routine once Monday comes around to work off those calories! Today, we’re going to be moving away from puppy training exercises or taking a visit to dog school, and we’ll be concentrating on those little four-legged guys and gals that aren’t lucky enough to have homes or loving parents to come home to. Monday 4th November marks the first day of National Pet Shelter Appreciation Week, and we’re going to give you some information about how you can help out and volunteer!

National Pet Shelter Appreciation Week – Here’s Everything You Need To Know 

Some of you might be wondering what National Pet Shelter Appreciation Week actually is. Well, it might not be one of the conventional pet holidays, but this movement first started in the United States and has been picking up momentum across the world. It’s a week dedicated to informing people about the benefits of animal shelters, notifying them as to where their nearest shelters are, and giving them the chance to check out potential volunteering opportunities to help animals of all shapes and sizes get the love and attention that they need and deserve. 

Sadly, not everyone loves animals as much as we do here at River Dogs. If it weren’t for pet shelters providing care and sometimes rehabilitation to unloved cats and dogs, then we’d have a lot more furry friends without a place to stay warm and dry. A large number of pet shelters are charity organisations that are run by volunteers. They rely on donations from the general public to help keep the animals in their care safe, healthy, and with full tummies. These volunteers give up their own time to make sure that creatures without a voice can be heard; they’re pretty much heroes, and we’re very thankful that they are out there making a difference. So, in honour of pet shelter volunteers everywhere, we’ve come up with some ideas as to how you can help your local organisation. 

Our day care unit provides a consistent, fun and caring setting for your dog to play, relax and socialise so you can focus & concentrate on the day job.

Adopt a pet from your local shelter!
Ok, this might not be on the cards if you already have a couple of animals in your house, but if you’re thinking of adding to your furry family, then why not support your local shelter and give an animal a new home. A dog is for life, not just for Christmas, but you can give a dog that has never known what it’s like to live in a home a Christmas that he or she will never forget! We’re talking Santa stockings, turkey-flavoured dog treats; the whole works!

Support your local shelter on social media
The time might not be right for you to bring another mouth into the house, but by supporting your local shelter on social media and helping to spread the word about the good work that they do, you might encourage your friends and colleagues to consider giving a cat or a dog a new home before the end of the year. At the very least, it will help to raise the shelter’s profile and could possibly lead to more donations; every little helps!

You don’t have to give money or supplies to help your local pet shelter organisation or charity. Volunteering is one of the best ways to help out, getting stuck in and helping to make life easier for the pets in their care. National Pet Shelter Appreciation Week is designed to raise awareness; it doesn’t mean that you can just volunteer for a week and then leave. It’s a chance to get to know your nearest centre and to find out if volunteering would work for you. We love playing with dogs day-in-day-out, and volunteering gives you the chance to bring a little bit of joy into a long-eared pupster’s life. Who knows, you might even want to bring one home with you!

Our day care unit provides a consistent, fun and caring setting for your dog to play, relax and socialise so you can focus & concentrate on the day job.

Love your pet as much as humanly possible
This one goes without saying, but this week isn’t just about learning about your local pet shelter. It’s a time where we should all be thankful for having our wet-nosed tykes in our lives and to take stock of how we look after them on a day-to-day basis. We all forget the date of the next check-up or when the booster is booked for from time to time, but we can use this week to check that all microchip details are up to date and to go over any health routines that you might have put in place since your last trip to the vets. Think of it as doggy health admin week.

Donate supplies to your local pet shelter
Just like your dogs at home, animals that live inside a pet shelter need towels, throws, toys, leads, and other items. We all know someone with a dog that might have spares or gear that they don’t need anymore, and once you’ve supported your local shelter on social media, it should be pretty easy to drum up support and to get your friends to route through their cupboards for supplies. Check with your nearest pet shelter first to see if there’s anything that they’re desperate for or to rule out things that they already have too many of. 

If you’re wanting to learn more about your local pet shelter, then search ‘pet shelter near me’ in google and have a look at the top results. Yorkshire Animal Shelter and Dog’s Trust Leeds are good places to start, but have a look near your area to see which organisations are currently looking for help!

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