Whether you have already made a donation or simply cannot afford to donate right now, there are plenty of other ways to help the animal community.
Here are some suggestions that cost nothing more than your time.
…gently used items you no longer need. These are often things you no longer want or need in your home, but would make a huge difference to a shelter. We have compiled a starter list for you to refer to; but you can always check with your favorite shelter for specific things they need most.
bleach and cleaning supplies
cat/dog brushes collars, leashes, and harnesses
crates and carriers
food and water dishes
litter boxes and scoops
nursing bottles and formula
pet beds and pillows
pet food and treats
Shelters and rescues are run entirely by volunteers and there is always a need for someone to help out! Whether it’s walking dogs, cleaning cages, or filing paperwork, there’s bound to be something you can help with! Even if you can’t help on a regular basis, you might be able to help man a booth at an adoption event!
There is an abundance of information on animal welfare online. Educate yourself! It’s free, easy, and fun! When you are armed with knowledge you can educate others. If enough of us do this, we can surely change the lives of at least one animal.
Never turn a blind eye to an animal that’s locked in a hot car, being hit, starved or otherwise neglected. All it takes is one phone call to make a difference. You CAN save an animal’s life. To report animal cruelty or neglect, call:
Escambia County: (850) 595-0097
Okaloosa County: (850) 244-0196 or (850) 685-6003
Santa Rosa County: (850) 983-4680 Walton County (850) 892-8682 or (850) 892-8758
As always, for dire emergencies please call 911 immediately!
For other Florida counties, please visit ARF’s page to report animal abuse.