Shelters, rescues rely on volunteers

Published Apr 30, 2017 at 9:00am

May is National Pet Month, although as pet owners, every day to us is pet day. Many of our pets have been adopted from a shelter or rescue. Animal shelters always have many pets who are looking for homes.

They put so much work and time into taking care of the animals until forever homes can be found for them. Most shelters rely on volunteers and donations to assist them in their job of caring for and finding homes for the animals in the shelter. There are many ways of helping out your local shelter.

Adopt: Adopting an animal from a shelter or rescue is a great way to help an animal. 

Foster: Some shelters offer foster programs. Rescues are always in need of foster homes for their animals.

If you have the time and room available, you could consider letting a homeless pet into your home to help socialize them or until a permanent home is found.

Donate: Donations of money are always needed, but there are so many other items that are needed and appreciated.

Some of the most common needed items are tools, blankets, leashes and collars, toys, beds, brushes, food and cleaning supplies. Always check with your shelter to see what their needs are first.

Volunteer: Most shelters have volunteer programs. There is usually a minimum age requirement and sometimes they require a brief orientation. Duties might include washing dishes, doing laundry or taking the dogs for a walk.

Networking: Many shelters now have Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages where they post info on adoptable animals and upcoming events. Sharing their posts on your pages gets their message out to more people and could possibly lead to adoptions.

The Humane Society of Rome has some loving dogs and cats who are waiting patiently for their new families.

A couple of them are:

Diesel is a 1 1/2 year-old male American Pit Terrier mix who needs a permanent home. The tail on this boy never stops wagging.

Diesel enjoys neighborhood strolls, his stuffed Kong and learning new tricks. Stop in to the shelter, and meet him in person.

Sammi is an almost 2-year-old, grey and black tiger, neutered male. He is very friendly, happy and lovable. He loves to play with other cats.

He would love a home with other pets, and active children.

Stop by the New Hartford PetSmart to meet him today.