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March 31, 2011

Student Action: Help Homeless Pets

Support your local animal shelter!

dog and kitten

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Every year, 6 to 8 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters. From city-run animal control agencies to private humane societies and breed-specific rescues, organizations that take in homeless animals share the burden of pet overpopulation.

Animal shelters are always in need of help from the public. If you want to help your local shelter, there are plenty of ways to get involved—even if your shelter doesn't allow young volunteers.

The first step is to find a shelter or other animal organization in your community. If you already have one in mind, great! If not, go to PetFinder.com or Pets911.com to search for area organizations. Then figure out the best way to give them the help they need.

Organize a shelter collection. Collect food and supplies for your local animal shelter.

Hold a fundraiser. Many animal shelters depend on donations. Organize a fundraiser to benefit your shelter.

Help shelter animals find homes—and stay there! Help your shelter increase the number of pets adopted—and keep them with their new families for life.

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