As we approach another week of social distancing, it can be easy to feel helpless and want to do more to help out. Whether you’re binge-watching blind dating shows, successfully completing a 1000-piece puzzle, or joining in on virtual workouts, by staying home, you’re doing your part to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. But, being homebound doesn’t mean you can’t flex your philanthropic muscles, too. Read on to learn how you can support pets and people from the comfort of home.
Be a Hero for Homeless Pets
According to our partners at GreaterGood.org, the coronavirus pandemic has created challenges for animal welfare organizations across the country. Due to social distancing creating limitations on how shelters can showcase adoptable pets, some rescues may see a decrease in adoptions. And, with millions of Americans filing for unemployment, we may see an increase in pets surrendered. With the potential for pets needing homes likely to climb, GreaterGood.org anticipates your local shelters and rescues need help now more than ever. If you have space in your heart and home, become a foster and help provide temporary shelter for a pet in need. You can join in with GreaterGood.org by signing up to foster.
Find Unconditional Love, Virtually
During tough times, the power of a snuggle can go a long way. Who's better at giving unconditional love than our furry friends? With additional time at home, more pet lovers are seeking ways to help homeless pets through adoption. And, shelters are making it possible to do so, safely. Live-streaming adoptable animals, scheduling virtual meet-and-greets, and coordinating drive-through pickups for adopters are becoming standard practice for shelters and rescues across the country. If you're considering adding a four-legged family member to your pack, why not change a life by adopting a pet in need. You'll not only make a difference for a pet, but you'll also help support your local rescue. Ready to adopt? Search adoptable pets, then contact your local shelter to learn more about adopting your new best friend.
Change Lives by Giving
Another way to help during any crisis is by donating to organizations offering direct assistance. The biggest benefit of monetary donations is you're helping the experts do what they do best. As the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, we ensure 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to help pets and people in communities just like yours. Thanks to support from generous donors across North America, we've committed up to $2 million in grants to support organizations helping those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. See exactly where your dollars go.