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How You Can Help Local Animal Shelters Right Now

Looking to help out a local shelter?

Rescue animals could use a little love right now. Many shelters have had to cancel their public adoption events, with fewer furry friends being adopted out as more continue to come in. This is beginning to put a lot of strain on staff and the animals. With many families now experiencing a surplus of time at home due to reducing the spread of COVID-19, this might be the, unfortunate, but perfect concoction to help out some local shelters.

Fostering a pet comes with the added benefit of stress relief during a historically stressful time. If you want some added tail-wagging around your place, the Better Business Bureau has a few tips to help you consider if you’re ready for a new friend:

  • Consider your time. Be ready to devote 30-60 minutes a day to pet care, walks, etc. Think about the best way to involve the whole family for daily care from feeding, to walking, to playing and keeping an eye on the pet. If you are working from home, can you make a plan to keep your fostered guest entertained while on a conference video or audio call?
  • Consider your space.Many breeds, larger ones especially, need a lot of room to run and play. Do you have a yard or a nearby park where your new pup can get lots of exercise?
  • Consider your family. If you have young children at home, a puppy may be a handful. A grown dog with a calm temperament might be a better choice.
  • Consider other pet family members. Are your other pets willing to bring in another member to the pack? Carefully think about temperament and if there are enough places in the home for them to be apart when necessary.

Other Ways to Help

Fostering may not be possible for you or your family right now, but if you are still looking to help, here are a few local shelters that could use your help: 

Happy Endings No Kill Cat Shelter

You’re able to donate to this contact-free Drop N’ Drive. Items such as litter, beds, food, cleaning supplies and office supplies are accepted. View the full list here.  This donation drive will take place April 18 and April 25 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Humane Animal Welfare Society 

There are a few ways to help out HAWS. For monetary gifts, donate here. Donate gift cards such as pet supply stores, Target and Walmart. You can also donate wish list items.

JR’s Pups-N-Stuff Dog Rescue

Donations of cleaning supplies or dog food are greatly appreciated. Contact info@jrspupsnstuff.org to arrange any potential donations.

Lucky Mutts Rescue

Fosters are greatly appreciated at Lucky Mutts Rescue with shelters filling quickly. Everything provided such as food, medical expenses, toys, beds and blankets. Can’t adopt? Look into this fostering opportunity.

Rescue Gang MKE

Through April 25th at noon, Rescue Gang MKE will be accepting donations that will provide a free pet supply drive for the public. All donations can be left at the front entrance of the shelter with volunteers regularly bringing the supplies inside. The supply drive will take place April 25th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Second Hand Purrs

Second Hand Purrs is hosting a Yankee Candle Fundraiser. A whopping 40 percent of profit goes to the shelter and 100 percent of those proceeds go towards the care of the cats and kittens. Looking to shop around? The online sale runs until July 8.

Wisconsin Humane Society 

The Wisconsin Humane Society relies entirely on the support of those in the community. Looking to donate? Access their secure donation site here. You’re also able to shop through their site’s shop. Every purchase directly benefits the animals. Not looking to purchase any products? You have the option to donate pet supplies to WHS.

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Morgan is a 2020 MilMag intern. She's Minnesota born, but has a Milwaukee heart. An Alverno College undergraduate and will be graduating in December 2020 . Follow her on social media @morgan_lemner