… consider supporting your local pet shelter.*
There are many ways to do this that won’t cost you a dime.
You can volunteer your time with the animals, help the organization promote itself, or participate in sponsored events to help the shelter raise funds.
Not only will your efforts mean a lot to the organization, you will also be helping dogs and cats stay healthy until they find loving homes… and you might even find a lifelong furry friend for yourself while you’re there.
If you don’t know which shelter to choose, these sites offer opportunities for you to help provide food to shelter pets, as well as contests that help shelters acquire funding for animal care. Vote for any shelter you like.
*I support Friends of Homeless Animals, a no-kill animal shelter.