Kirjoita tämä teksti suomeksi siten, että asiat tulevat kerrotuksi mutta teksti ei ole kopioitu, Älä käytä brändinimiä. Kirjoita teksti yhtä pitkäksi, mutta erilaisella rakenteella kuin alkuperäinen. Alkuperäinen teksti: ” This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post.So you want to help a shelter dog but aren’t able to adopt. You may already have a canine companion who won’t welcome another dog. Or you may not have the time or resources to adopt. Whatever the reason, there are many other ways you can help shelters and their dogs.I’ve been associated with a shelter for many years teaching classes and as a recommended trainer. I even adopted one of my rescues, a Lhasa I named Mikey, from that shelter. I’ll tell you more about him later.’But there are many actions I’ve taken to help the rescue too because my pack is full and I’m unable to adopt right now. I’ve taught free classes for their staff and volunteers. And I’ve supported their fund-raising efforts. Anything that helps more dogs (and cats) get adopted is appreciated by a rescue organization. After all, the staff of most shelters are very dedicated to saving lives. So any support towards those efforts helps the cause.How To Help A Shelter Dog When You Can’t AdoptIn this blog post, I’ll describe many ways that you can help dogs get adopted even if you’re unable to adopt yourself.Volunteer Fostering DogsIf you can’t commit to adopting a dog but love canine companions, you may be able to foster a dog.Fostering involves taking a shelter dog for a limited period to help him become more adoptable.Some dogs are fostered until they find a “furever” home. And others are just given a break from the shelter for a limited time, then returned there. Many dogs in shelters suffer from shelter stress when in that environment long-term. The noise, lack of enrichment activity or exercise, and confinement is too much for many dogs. So their behavior may deteriorate and they may become reactive or aggressive, thus becoming less adoptable. Fostering helps relieve that stress. And many foster homes provide training, exercise, enrichment, and love to the rescue.Many shelters provide training and ongoing support. The shelter I’m associated with has an exceptional foster program. So many dogs are more adoptable after being in one of their foster homes. The foster dog learns how to “be a dog” in a real home. He receives positive attention, mental and physical exercise, and a routine in a secure environment. The dog can learn how to walk on a loose leash, not jump on people, and basic cues such as sit and down. And even a trick or two. After all, who can resist a dog who shakes hands?Many years ago, I fostered a Pekingese named China. The rescue she came from indicated that she was aggressive. But once China was out of the shelter environment, she was a different dog. She was sweet and showed no aggression or reactivity. I worked with some basic cues such as come, sit, down, and loose leash walking. I played fetch with squeaky toys, which she loved. She would pounce on them and then toss them in the air. So cute! China loved the attention and was a quick study. Within weeks, she found a permanent home.China the PekeFostering really does save lives. When a foster home takes a dog in, the shelter has room to save another life. Some shelters–such as rural ones or even in some big cities–may have low adoption rates.Many shelters provide foster homes with all they’ll need for the dog, such as food and vet care. But some don’t have the resources to do so.Considerations When Deciding Whether or Not to Foster When deciding whether fostering is right for you, consider whether:You have the financial resources to foster, including food, treats, vet care, crate, bed, leash, harness, collar, cleaning materialsYou’re ready for the extra work involved for a foster dog, including grooming, training, exercise, and cleaningYou have the time to fosterYour family members are on board with fosteringYour other pets will get along with the newcomerThe rules of your township, city, state, or living quarters allow the number or type of dog you will fosterYou are emotionally prepared to give the dog back to the shelter or to a new homeVolunteer at the Shelter ItselfThere are many opportunities to volunteer at the shelter itself. Shelters often need additional staff for many of their day-to-day functions. And they may not have the funding for all that needs to be accomplished. So volunteers help fill the void. You can help with many of the following tasks at the shelter itself:Working at the reception deskCleaning kennelsWashing sheets and towelsPreparing food and treatsWalking dogsTaking dogs placesSending out mailingsBathing and grooming dogsTraining or providing other enrichment to dogsVolunteer Your Special SkillsIf you have a special skill that can benefit the shelter, your assistance will be appreciated.My first contact with the shelter I’m associated with over 20 years ago was by volunteering to help exercise and train dogs. Walking the shelter dogs helped relieve some of their stress. And some basic training helped get some adopted.I volunteered to help more dogs get adopted. By doing so, I also found out about my first rescue, Mikey the Lhasa apso. Volunteering changed my life–and his. Adopting Mikey led to me adopting more dogs. Mikey became the dog he was meant to be. I taught him not to fear people. It took a lot of behavioral work and training, but he was worth it. He became an ambassador for rescued dogs whenever we went places. My dogs and I went on weekly socialization treks to shopping centers and pet stores. Mikey learned to trust people. And he even enjoyed being petted and given attention by other people. Of course, the treats he was given didn’t hurt either.Mikey the LhasaYou may be able to take great photos of shelter dogs to help them get adopted. You may have graphic skills to help design brochures and other documents that will make any event or dog stand out and be noticed. You may have great media skills to post descriptions of dogs that will be noticed. Or you may have great people skills and help with outreach activities. You get the idea.Donate ItemsOf course shelters always welcome monetary donations. But they also need many other supplies that you may have on hand and no longer need. Our shelter always need many of the following items:Network Shelter Pets on Social MediaMany shelter pets find homes because they’re posted on various social media sites such as Facebook. An adorable picture and descriptive write-up helps dogs get adopted. So if you’re on Facebook or other media sites recommended by your shelter, cross-posting these irresistible canines can really help them find a “furever” home. I saw a photo of one of my rescues posted on such a site. Lady the sheltie looked so cute. And she resembled another sheltie I had named Amber who had passed away at 14 years old. We went to see Lady. And it was a done deal. This senior sheltie came home with us the day after I saw her photo and write-up. If she hadn’t been posted, I wouldn’t have known about her. She was a sweet dog who loved everyone. Lady immediately got along with the resident dogs–even playing sheltie chase games with puppy Murphy. She even later became a therapy dog at a hospital where I volunteered.Lady the sheltieAnd ask your friends to like and cross-post too. There’s power in numbers.Help With FundraisersAttending fundraisers of course helps shelters raise money. Our shelter has many every year. It has luncheons, restaurant events, “Bark-in-the-Park” with many events, and more. So get a group of your friends together and make it a fun outing while helping homeless animals. Sell tickets to these events. Help run and set up the fundraiser. There are many avenues you can pursue to help rescue dogs.Help Transport DogsShelters need dogs transported to many events. So you may need to bring a dog to an outreach or similar event. Or you may help by transporting dogs from other areas–including other states–to your local rescue. Sometimes shelters have a van that does this and need help with the transport. Other times individuals volunteer to pick up and transport dogs in their own vehicle part or all of the way to the ultimate destination. Driving dogs to the vet or foster homes also helps the cause.Take Great Care of Your PetsBy taking great care of your own pets, you ultimately help shelters by…
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