MCPAW is pleased to post the following article written by Katie H of Girl Scout Troop 5211! We will also be sharing several informational posters that they created as well. Thanks for caring about the animals!
Helping the People and Pets of The Community: Animal Shelters!
Finding animals their forever homes is the long-term goal of all animal shelters, but it’s not always so easy. Shelters can face many issues which can impact the community if not fixed! That's why volunteers and adoptions are so key to keeping a shelter, continuing their work in life-saving efforts. One of the biggest issues they face is overcrowding, the strain of overcrowding in shelter environments drain their organizational resources which are needed to provide proper and standard care to all pets at the shelter.
Donations help to ease funding issues and provide the necessary supplies animals at the shelter need. If you don’t have the time to donate something physical, shelters also receive monetary donations as well. Promoting the shelter and spreading the message of animal protection and care is another great way to help, along with volunteering and donating. Volunteering your time is a "donation in kind" each hour you can give is dollar value! In fact, the current volunteerism rate in Maryland is over 27 dollars! So if you volunteer 10 hours, that equates to (approx.) 270 dollars of a donation "in kind"! Volunteering helps just as much as money or donations! Shelters are necessary for our communities and society as a whole because they work to protect pets of irresponsible owners. Owners who abuse and mistreat animals tend to raise aggressive and scared animals and later abandon them. Luckily shelters find strays and help them find new homes. Shelters speak up for animals who can’t speak themselves, they advocate for animal care and give all pets the medical attention, shelter, food, water, entertainment, and love they need.
Shelters aren’t just helping animals, they also provide amazing services for the local community. Shelters hold tours for groups like schools and troops, as well as educate groups about a shelter’s role in the community and the programs they have to offer. A huge service the shelter provide is Field and Animal Service Officers. Animal Service Officers take calls dealing with animal abuse and neglect, stray or rabid animals, as well as sick and injured wildlife. They work and respond to various animal emergencies every day, keeping animals and the people of the community safe. That’s why it’s so important that all members of our community help support the shelter and all the services they provide.
My girl scout troop and I wanted to give back to our local shelter so we collected donations and put up posters around various community buildings and local stores. We even wrote this article to educate others about animal shelters and why they need and deserve our support as a community. We hope that this will help you consider adopting or volunteering at a shelter sometime soon, because just sending a few donations or spending a few hours can make all the difference in helping a pup find a loving, forever home.