5 Ways to Make a Difference in the Lives of Shelter Dogs

By Claudia Kawczynska, December 2017, Updated June 2021
Photo by Kyla Goodell

Photo by Kyla Goodell

There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of dogs during this time of year. Here are a few ideas for you:

  1. Donate to a local animal shelter or to one in an area of the country that might not be well-funded. Check out their wish list; do they need leashes, towels, collars, toys, harnesses, dog beds or flea medi- cation? Get your dog park friends to pitch in, too. Go to smile.amazon.com to give while you shop.
  2. Foster a shelter dog or sponsor one—most shelters have sponsorship programs.
  3. Bake up homemade cookies or purchase some for the shelter workers and treats for the dogs.
  4. Purchase a commemorative calendar from a shelter or rescue group.
  5. Donate dog food/treats to a homeless shelter that accommodates pets.
Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 92: Winter 2017

Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and Editor-in-Chief.