With the economic downturn, many NPOs have seen a sharp decline in donations and are struggling. In the case of animal shelters, the economic crisis has also led to the abandonment of more pets in their facilities as families lose their homes and jobs. As a result, many shelters are facing serious financing and supply shortages, while the number of animals under their care has increased. Local pet care centers can help in many ways to provide the necessary support to those who care for stray pets. Below are some suggestions and ideas that the pet care center can use to help the shelters. In return, these shelters are likely to direct many new customers to future services!
It is difficult to work with a large number of shelters or rescue groups, so if possible, develop basic (formal or informal) partnerships with one local animal organization. Getting to know people and finding a few contacts of the hostel staff will make the relationship smoother. Sit down with them to ask what their specific needs are and then brainstorm several programs that can work well for both organizations.
If your center offers training, one idea might be to leave several runs (and some time for training!) for one or two dogs from the shelter who may have been there for a long time, may need a break from working in the shelter environment, or may need some work on their manners before they can find their home. Take these dogs to your center and provide them with exercise and obedience training to make them more adaptable. If the hostel has a website, ask for information on where dogs are being trained and what they are working on. Offer ongoing support in solving any behavioral problems after adoption…… and you will probably notice that these new parents will also use your facility for other services!
If you have enough space, you can also offer replacement dogs through long-term treatment, such as heartworm injections. Dogs undergoing cardiac nematode treatment need a quiet and peaceful environment to help them recover in general, and if you have the right conditions to do so, you can help save lives.
Care services can also help. If you have a good nurse, offer care for several dogs weekly or monthly, either at their center (if they have equipment and space) or on their own. It’s amazing how much more adaptable a poodle or cocker spaniel can become with a good bath and haircut…… especially if you are among the hundreds of stray people who have been on the streets for some time! You can provide a coupon “free first groom” or “groom” card notes (with comments about this particular dog) for anyone who accepts one of your stable dogs and you can pick up new great customers in the process.
Organize fun events for your customers, which can also serve as fundraisers for your hostel. Dog walks, Halloween costume contests and events, photos from Santa, wine tasting or “happy hour” events and similar ideas where part (or all!) of the cash benefits of the hostel can provide great relationships with customers and homeless animals. You can also send periodic requests for supplies such as food, towels, toys, kittens rubbish, newspapers, etc. and offer to pick them up at your facility and transport them to the hostel. Any damaged food items in the retail trade are also welcome. Instead of throwing away or returning the goods, you can seal the bags and hand them over to the hostel…… and help with taxes at the same time.
Of course, any homeless pet that you accept into your center should be fully vaccinated, weaned or, if possible, sterilized, in the past any risk of infectious diseases, such as coughing dogs, which can spread in your accommodation population and generally healthy. If you follow these simple guidelines and can develop a successful relationship, you can help to shelter animals, develop goodwill in your community and probably generate new customers as a result!
Medicines can be bought from any local agricultural cooperative or from home catalogs. Of course, your pet must be on the heartworm to be able to call your vet for a prescription. I also buy their fleas and ticks products online to give up on savings. Their heartworm medicine requires a prescription, but your vet can send it by fax for sale to your pet.