10 Ways to Help Animal Rescues During Covid-19
Here are 10 ways you can help animal rescues during covid-19! Many animal rescue groups have been negatively impacted by covid-19 due to: slowed adoptions (less income from adoption fees), canceled fundraising events, and temporary limitations on volunteer activities. Furthermore, many rescues are experiencing a decrease in monetary donations. The majority of animal rescues have taken steps to modify their operating procedures during the covid-19 pandemic. Please refer to your favorite rescue’s websites for the most up to date information.
1. Follow rescues’ social media accounts.
Following rescues on social media is particularly important during the covid-19 pandemic. It is a great way to learn about rescues’ most urgent needs. Rescues often post on social media if they need specific supplies that can be donated.
2. Like and share rescues’ social media posts.
Sharing on Instagram and Facebook is a great way to help rescues during the covid-19 pandemic because it helps increase the rescue’s exposure. People who may have heard of a particular rescue will be able to learn about it when you share a post!
Another way to help rescues during the covid-19 pandemic is to donate. The wonderful thing about monetary donations is that you can donate from the comfort of your couch! Rescues often prefer monetary donations because they have relationships with certain vendors which help your dollars stretch further!
4. Rescues need fosters.
Many shelters have set up temporary foster programs to help ease the burden on the shelters. Who knows? You may even turn into a foster failure! Again check out websites and connect with shelter staff to inquire about these types of opportunities. Rescues are always looking for fosters!
Some rescues have been continuing adoptions during the pandemic. Many rescues have adapted their process to include virtual meetings. Additionally, the foster may keep the pet until after restrictions have been lifted at which time you would be able to take your fur baby home. It’s best to check websites and contact staff at a particular shelter to see what their procedures are.
6. Learn about the animal rescues in your area.
I put together a list of rescues in the Triangle area. There may be several rescues on the list that you have not heard of. If I left one off please let me know in the comments below and I will add it to the list!! I also included links to their websites so you can learn all about them!
7. Attend a Virtual Event
Many local rescues have turned their regular 5k fundraising events into virtual events. Check out rescues’ websites to get the most up to date information about virtual 5k and other fundraising activities!
8. Mark your Calendar!
Find out about events and fundraisers that are taking place later in the year. That way you can make a plan to support rescues by attending fun events. To be sure you don’t miss anything, sign up for my mailing list to get your copy of Bark Abowt the Triangle! It lists pet related events in the Triangle through December 2020. It is updated approximately every two months.
9. Shop Local. Shop Kind.
Several local businesses regularly donate a portion of their profits to local animal shelters. By shopping at these places you get to support local businesses and support rescues at the same time. Amazing, right?! Who doesn’t love a win-win?! Check a few of them out below!
100% of the profits from merchandise purchased go back to Saving Grace Rescue. Products include pet food, treats, pet clothing, and other gifts!
They sell a variety of scented candles. They donate 20% of proceeds to local rescues.
They sell candles with a portion of the proceeds going back to Rescues. Based in Raleigh NC. Made with natural ingredients.
This thrift store directly benefits Cause for Paws Rescue.
They sell cartoon dog art magnets, buttons, stickers, and shirts. 10% of proceeds go to SPCA of America through the end of 2020.
Paws Fur Joy Photography offers Legacy Sessions as a way for your pet to give back to the community. Your pet qualifies for a Legacy Session if he/she is at least 10 years old or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. It is called a legacy session because 20% of your total purchase is donated to a rescue of your choice.
10. Share your own Happy Tail!
Did you adopt one of your pets? If so then consider sharing your adoption story on the adoption center’s social media accounts. Share on your accounts as well and be sure to tag the rescue!