Along with millions of loving pet owners are millions of dogs needing forever homes. Even if you already volunteer at a local animal shelter or help rescue dogs, you should seriously consider doing something for National Dog Day on August 26th. Perhaps you are looking for a new pup or can donate time to match other people up with dogs. Either way, this is the perfect opportunity to help.
Giving Back on National Dog Day
For National Dog Day, the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter (TMAS) needs help. Last year, the shelter merged volunteer efforts with others in the community. As a result, more people are now aware of events and opportunities for volunteering and adopting. If you want to give some of your time for this occasion, or anytime, TMAS will provide training and scheduling. That way, you can be highly efficient in whatever job you perform.
Although the needs at TMAS can change from week to week, most people who volunteer help by working at different community events, taking dogs for walks, cleaning out cages, providing pets with food and water, doing laundry, handing out toys, and taking photos to share on social media. In fact, if you have any carpentry skills, you can even build dog beds.
If you are worried about what to do with your children while volunteering, no problem. Kids as young as 5 can pitch, in although they would have to be accompanied by you, another parent, or a guardian. However, if you have a 16-year-old or older who also has a passion for helping animals, he or she can work alone.
Whether you adopt a new dog or decide to volunteer, you can bring blankets, doggie beds, toys, and other comforts from home or ask friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers if they have anything they would like to donate. You can also stop by any one of the pet stores in Tuscaloosa to pick up supplies. If you let them know that you are taking items to TMAS in celebration of National Dog Day, they may offer you a discounted price. Hey, it never hurts to ask.
If you do take a pup home and you have children, be prepared for a lot of loving chaos over the next few days. Volunteering and raising children with pets are excellent ways to teach responsibility. If you adopt, you give a furbaby a forever home.
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