AdoptAPet – MTM’s “Cause We Care” for July 2009
By Alice Hunt
AdoptaPet.com has a list of 10 ways you can get involved without adopting on their website. Fostering a pet or volunteering your time will help the pet learn proper socialization skills that could allow them to be adopted into a loving home. And it’s a temporary arrangement, convenient if circumstances don’t allow you to make a lifetime commitment to adoption.
PROVIDE A TEMPORARY HOME
Back when I was a poor out of work college grad, I desperately wanted to adopt a cat. I was new to New York City and unable to feed myself let alone an animal. HYPERLINK Through AdoptaPet.com, I contacted a local cat shelter. After speaking with one of the other volunteers, I found out that they desperately needed volunteers to foster cats. When I brought Neil home, he was this slobbish sickly white cat. The shelter was so grateful for the donation of our apartment that they paid for Neil’s food and medicine during the time we cared for him.
After three months in our Brooklyn apartment, Neil was ready for a permanent home. I delivered him to his new owner, an extraordinary woman that I became friends with through our shared experiences with this wonderful cat. I still see Neil from time to time, since renamed “Yoki”. Years later, I was finally able to get my own cat, but I will never forget the time I spent with Neil, our cat visitor.
AN HOUR OF YOUR TIME
Your time can be as simple as going to the shelter and petting dog or cats for an hour. These poor pets are confined to a cage for most of their time until they are adopted. Your one hour a week commitment to walk a dog or pet a cat would make you a hero in the lives of these homeless animals.
YOU’VE GOT SKILLS
You can also donate your specialized skills such as graphic design or marketing to help spread the word about pet rescue.