3 Simple Ways to Help a Local Animal Shelter

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Animal shelters work so tirelessly to remove animals from terrible conditions, nurture them back to a healthier state, and ultimately, adopt them out to a loving forever home. Here are some very simple ways to help a local animal shelter near you. 

Some days it is impossible to scroll your social media without reading about an animal shelter. Animal shelters play such a critical role in our society by helping animals who have been abandoned, mistreated, made homeless due to natural disasters including hurricanes and forest fires. Chances are probably pretty good that you have an animal shelter or rescue near you.  In fact, you probably have multiple organizations within a 10 mile radius of your home.

We are no strangers to animal rescues!

When I was a kid, I can’t count how many of our family dogs and cats came from local shelters, mostly the SPCA. In our home currently, we have our shelter dog, Albie (came from Wags Rescue), our cats, Belle and Cinderella (came from Save the Cats, Inc).

 belle and cinderella mc

And if you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw our latest addition – Lily’s new pony, Princess Butter Buns, came from the Horse Angels rescue.

rescue horse

Help a Local Animal Shelter

And while the most obvious way to help a local animal shelter is probably to adopt or foster an animal, we certainly know that that option is not feasible for everyone.  Or perhaps you adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue and still want to help them in other ways.

Fortunately, there are some very very easy ways to help!

1. Volunteer your time. Volunteers are the lifeblood of rescues and shelters and there are so many opportunities for volunteers to help. From the actual care of a rescue pet, to helping out at adoption events, shopping for food and supplies, helping to comb through adoption applications, there are endless tasks that you can help perform.

2. Donate your cash. Cold hard cash is always king, at least in the world of animal shelters. I don’t think I have ever heard of a shelter or rescue that isn’t in need of cash to help fund its daily operating costs. Think about how much money it costs for just one rescue animal once they arrive at the shelter. Typically the animal needs a veterinary exam, possible medicine and/or other medical procedures, then food and other basic supplies. Giving a cash donation to your favorite shelter will enable them to purchase exactly what the animals need.

3. Donate supplies. If donating cash is not an option, many shelters accept supply donations!  Check with a specific shelter or rescue to see what their immediate needs are, but commonly requested supplies include blankets, towels, disinfecting wipes, and food.

ross mill farm pig rescue

Reader-Suggested Animal Shelters and Rescues

I asked my Facebook Group to recommend their very favorite shelters and rescues.  See the list below for suggestions of places to not only adopt your next pet, but also for organizations who would benefit greatly from your time or donations!


Wags Rescue (our dog came from here!)
Save the Cats, Inc (our cats came from here!)
Horse Angels (Lily’s pony came from here!)
Ross Mill Farm Pig Farm and Rescue
Last Chance Ranch
3 Husketeers Rescue
Stray Network Animal Rescue
P.A.L.S. Pet Adoption and Lifecare Society
Furry Friends Network
Cat Angel Network
Harley’s Haven Dog Rescue
Home at Last Dog Rescue
Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue
Almost Home Doylestown PA
ACCT Philly
The Grannie Project
Pike County Humane Society
Lulu’s Rescue
Salfid Rescue Inc.
Outcast Rescue
Lancaster Farm Sanctuary
To Love a Canine Rescue, Inc.
Lucky Dawg Rescue
The Sanctuary at Haafsville
Providence Animal Center
Homeward Bound Schnauzer Rescue
Dog Town Rescue
Bucks County SPCA (look for local SPCA shelters near you!)
Stray Cat Blues

New York

Equine Advocates

New Jersey

Mt Pleasant Animal Shelter

New Hampshire

Animal Rescue League of NH


Connecticut Cat Connection


MidAtlantic Horse Rescue
Paws for Life
Friends of the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter


Pinealope Animal Rescue


Amazing Grace Bully Rescue

North Carolina

CMPD Animal Care and Control


Life is Labs



Thank you so much for everyone who helped me with their favorite shelters.  This list is all thanks to you!

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