Are you looking for a way to help homeless pets but have a full house of your own? Whether you already have too many pets or aren’t ready to adopt, there’s still a lot you can do to help animals in Gwinnett County. From Two Paws Up, here are the best ways to help homeless animals near you.
Donate and Volunteer to Animal Welfare Organizations
Do you have time or money to spare? Here are six animal welfare organizations serving Snellville, Duluth, and beyond that deserve your support.
- Bill Atkinson Animal Welfare Center
- Gwinnett Humane Society
- Society of Humane Friends of Georgia
- Planned PEThood
- Henry’s House Feral Community
- Best Friends Animal Society
For more local animal welfare organizations, check Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement’s list of rescue partners.
How to Help Pets in Gwinnett County
What can the average person do to help homeless pets? More than you think! Here are six ways you can help homeless pets locally.
- Spaying and neutering pets are the most important things anyone can do to prevent pet overpopulation. No matter where you live, there are affordable spay/neuter resources near you.
- You should educate yourself on what it means to be a good pet parent. Pet surrender is less likely when families are prepared for pet ownership.
- Want to do more? Help spay and neuter feral cats in your neighborhood. Also known as community cats, feral cats are fixed and vaccinated through programs known as TNR or Trap-Neuter-Return. Many low-cost spay/neuter programs also fix feral cats.
- Found orphaned kittens? Don’t rescue them right away. Caring for neonatal kittens is complicated and mom may be hiding nearby. Wait and watch to be certain kittens are abandoned before taking action.
- Many pets are surrendered because families struggle to afford pet care. Hosting a pet food drive and donating to a local pet food bank helps families keep their pets.
- Fostering is another wonderful way to help homeless pets. Fostering takes many forms, from raising puppies and kittens to caring for senior pets on hospice. Decide if your household is a good fit for fostering then contact a local rescue to get started.
Start a Career in Animal Welfare
Are you passionate about animal welfare? With a career in animal welfare, you can make helping homeless pets your life’s work.
- Animal welfare careers include animal control officers, advocates, veterinarians, shelter directors, lawyers, and more. Consider what type of animal welfare career interests you and what skills you have to offer.
- There are lots of great companies that give back to animals, including big brands like PetSmart and Chewy. If you’re looking for a new job, these companies are a good place to start.
- Prefer to be your own boss? Start a company committed to animal welfare. Once you have a business plan in place, forming an LLC is straightforward. LLCs, or limited liability companies, are good for small businesses that want an uncomplicated filing process and little personal liability.
- Starting a non-profit isn’t for the faint of heart. Animal rescues, sanctuaries, and other animal welfare non-profits require a lot of hard work and fundraising. They also require a lot of paperwork. Learn about applying for 501(c)(3) status and consult with an attorney or accountant familiar with non-profits in your state.
Helping homeless pets comes in many forms both big and small. Whether you want to fix community cats in your neighborhood or advocate for animal welfare policy at the federal level, you can make an impact on homeless pets. Use these tips and resources to start doing your part to solve pet overpopulation.