Every day, more than 11,000 animals are killed in America’s shelters simply
because they don’t have a safe place to call home. But this doesn’t have to
Here are 30 things you can do to get more animals adopted.
1. Adopt your next pet rather than buying one online or from a pet store
supplied by puppy mills.
2. Spay or neuter your pets.
3. Volunteer at your local shelter or rescue group.
4. Donate to your local rescue group..
5. Tell others about the lifesaving impact of adoption and spay/neuter.
6. Hold a garage sale and give the profits to your local shelter.
7. Share Facebook posts about adoptable animals.
8. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper focused on making your
9. Tweet about adoption events and spay/neuter promotions with the
10. Advocate for lifesaving legislation in your community and nationwide by
joining Voices for No More Homeless Pets at bestfriends.org/yourvoice.
11. Share success stories about rescued animals and rescue groups in your community
12. Participate in a trap/neuter/return program for community cats.
13. Manage a community cat colony.
14. Donate food, toys and other supplies to your local animal shelter or
15. Volunteer to play with and socialize the animals at your local shelter.
16. Walk a dog from your local shelter, with the pet wearing an “Adopt Me”
17. Shop at your local shelter’s thrift shop or gift store.
18. Help your local shelter redesign its website or develop new promotions.
19. Get local business owners and clubs to take on a project to help a local
20. Collect cans and bottles for a rebate and donate the proceeds to your
local shelter or rescue group.
21. Offer rides to pets going from an animal shelter or rescue group to their
new, happy homes.
22. Foster an adoptable pet.
23. Photograph adoptable pets for your local shelter or rescue group to
promote via social media.
24. Participate in annual local rescue fundraisers..
25. Promote adoption events among your colleagues and friends.
26. Learn about the animal welfare challenges in your community, and
educate others about lifesaving solutions.
27. Fight breed discrimination by advocating for better legislation.
28. Change misperceptions about rescued animals and specific breeds by
spreading the idea that every animal is an individual worth saving.
29. Lobby your local government for fair funding of your community’s
municipal animal shelter.
30. Join Green Pets America.com as a foster parent or volunteer.