30 Things You Can Do To Save 4 million Companion Animals


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

community no-kill.

9. Tweet about adoption events and spay/neuter promotions with the

hashtag #SaveThemAll.

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

rescue group.

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.


Published by

Steven Monahan

Animal welfare thought leader. My writings and books are a reflection of my beliefs on the interconnected genius of life. I was an introverted teen who broke open his shell and morphed into a successful corporate executive, then death survivor, then entrepreneur and now author and mentor. I believe we are each here for a wonderfully unique reason. Our quest is to follow where ever the path leads, in awe of the visions and the people we meet along the way.