With so many stray and abandoned dogs and so many dog rescue centres needing help, organisations are always on the lookout for volunteers.
Many of you reading this will be dog lovers you would love to help, but for whatever reason are unable to adopt or foster dogs that need homes. But don’t worry – you can still do your bit! Contact a dog rescue centre near you (or help out at one overseas whilst on holiday) to see how you can help.
Here are some suggestions of things that you may like to do:
Take some dog food or treats to the rescue centre to help them cope with the constant strain feeding the dogs housed there. It's a good idea to check with the dog rescue organisation first about what type of food they will find most helpful.
Donate other useful items such as dog toys and bedding.
Offer your skills to a local rescue organisation - anything from building to gardening to helping to organise a campaign or fundraising effort.
Visit a shelter and volunteer to walk a dog. This is a simple activity that you can perform even whilst on holiday and it involves the whole family.
Make a donation to the local neutering campaign, or sponsor a dog that you find on the streets to be neutered. A single female dog can produce up to 120 puppies in her lifetime - more for a male - the only lasting way to tackle this problem is to prevent further puppies being born on the streets.
Please visit our website for more suggestions: www.dogwelfarenetwork.co.uk
We would value your feedback via firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any shelters that you may visit.