1. Get yourself new sheets and towels — then donate the old ones to a shelter or rescue group. You’ll be recycling, helping homeless pets stay warm and comfy andgetting new linens. Want to beat that? Ask your friends and neighbors to do the same!
2. Print out and post adoptable pet profiles at your office, dog park or grocery store. Does your local dog run, your office or your grocery store have a place for fliers? Ask if you can post a new adoptable pet’s profile there each week. Simply click the print icon on a pet’s Petfinder profile to get a printable page with all the pet’s info!
3. Give a list of local shelters to your vet’s office. Vets are often the first place pet parents go for recommendations on anything pet-related — including where to find a specific kind of pet. Give your vet’s office a list of local shelters and rescue groups and help get the word out to people who may not otherwise adopt. View shelters and rescue groups by state to get started!
6. Volunteer your lunch hour at a shelter. Even one hour a week can make a huge difference to shelters and rescue groups. Find an adoption group near you and ask what kind of help it needs. Volunteers can take on a lot of different roles doing anything from walking dogs, cuddling cats, cleaning cages, washing dishes, answering phones and even helping screening potential adopters. (Learn more about volunteering at a shelter here.)
7. Organize a pet food drive. Help pets and people too by organizing a pet food drive at your office. Simply put a box in your office where coworkers can donate a can of cat food, a bag of dog food, treats and other pet supplies, then bring them to your local shelter or rescue group. (Call ahead of time to find out if there’s a brand of pet food the shelter needs most.)
8. Help your dog overcome his fears. If your dog suffers from anxiety, you can buy a Thundershirt to help ease his tension and 15% of your purchase will go to thePetfinder.com Foundation to help homeless pets. (Find out how one Petfinder staffer helped her dog overcome his fear of thunder.)
9. Help an adoptable dog overcome his fears. Don’t have a dog that needs a Thundershirt? Lots of shelters and rescue groups do! Donate a Thundershirt to a participating adoption group and help an adoptable dog overcome his fears, increasing his chances of finding a home. Simply visit Thundershirt’s donation page and pick a participating group from the drop-down list at checkout.
10. Publicize adoptable pets on your website. Add a free adoptable pet widget to your website and show off adoptable pets all year long! The widgets pull information directly from Petfinder’s adoptable pet lists so there’s no need to update or manage the information.
11. Publicize pet adoption on Facebook. Have a Facebook brand or business page? Add our free “Why Adopt a Pet?” custom Facebook tab and give your visitors four great reasons adoption is the best option. Add the tab to your page here.
12. Sponsor a homeless pet. If a particular pet on Petfinder touches your heart — but you can’t foster or adopt him — you can still make a difference in his life. The Petfinder.com Foundation’s Sponsor a Pet program lets you sponsor a homeless pet by donating toward the cost of his or her care while in the shelter. Find a participating shelter near you.
Of course, it should go without saying that adopting or fostering a homeless pet is a great resolution any year.
Tell us: What’s your pet-related New Year’s resolution?