4 Ways You Can Help Shelter Animals Without Adopting

If you’ve ever been to an animal shelter you might have realized that some of them are over crowded with cute, lovable dogs. With your crazy lifestyle, you might not be able to take on the responsibility of adopting one of the good boys, but there are still some ways you can help! Below are four ways you can help without taking on the responsibility of adoption.


Shelters are always looking for an extra lending hand. Most shelters need help with cleaning cages, feeding and walking the animals and of course the most fun task- playing with the animals! Shelters know that personable animals are the ones that catch the eyes of future pet owners. By playing with them you are giving them those social skills that help get them ready for their new families. The best way to find out more about volunteering would be to contact your local animal shelter!

Donate Items

Shelters are always happy to receive donations- it doesn’t have to be a monetary donation either! They are more than happy to receive bags of food, bowls, leashes and toys! These are the essentials that shelters are always lacking.

Used social media accounts to share animal profiles

Social media is huge nowadays so why not use it to post about the adorable adoptable animals at the shelter! By posting on social media, it allows your followers to know about the animals that are up for adoption.

Foster animals

Shelters fill up quickly. You can help with the overcrowding by temporarily fostering an animal. Shelters help with the costs of fostering the dog, usually covering the costs of food and vet bills.

Even if you can’t adopt an animal yourself, there are many other options that can help! Here at the Barking Lot, we have a wide variety of pet supplies such as toys, food and much more to choose from! We also have offer services such as dog walking, daycare, boarding, grooming and training! Visit the Barking Lot today, at 495 Lake Cook Road in Deerfield. We can’t wait to meet you and your furry friend!



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