Across the UK, there are thousands of animal rescue centres which take in lost, abandoned and unwanted animals every single day. Whether they are a small independent rescue centre or a larger national centre such as Dogs Trust and RSPCA, they are all run as charities.

Just like any charity, these rescue centres rely on donations to help them cover any costs of looking after the animals that they are caring for. If you have a pet, you can understand how much money is needed to take care of each animal. Veterinary care can be expensive, especially if the animal comes into the care of the animal rescue centre unwell.

There are many ways in which you can support your local animal rescue centre. We are going to discuss them below.

Donating Money

Many animal rescue centres regularly run fundraising events, such as fun dog shows, in order to raise money for their charity. Supporting their events is a great way to donate money to the cause. If you can’t make it to their next event, why not set up a direct debit each month to help them cover the costs of veterinary care, housing, heating, electricity, food and water for the animals they care for.

Fundraising

There are many ways to raise money for charity. Whether you’re taking on a physical challenge like a distance run, running a charity event, or simply starting a collection between your family and friends, you will really impact your chosen animal rescue centre.

Volunteering

If you’re an animal lover, why not volunteer at your local animal rescue? Most centres are looking for extra help in the form of volunteers, even if you can only dedicate time once a month. You can help groom, walk, feed and clean out the animals. A lot of dog rescue centres also allow you to visit, spend time with the dogs and take them on walks. Contact your local centre to find out how you can help them.

Donating Supplies

Animal rescue centres are always extremely grateful for supplies being donating. Here’s some examples of what you can donate:

  • Unopened Food
  • Treats
  • Toys
  • Collars and Harnesses
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Cleaning Equipment (making sure any products are animal safe)
  • Crates or Carriers

Adopting an Animal

When you adopt an animal from a rescue centre, not only do you get a new best friend, but by paying their adoption fee, you are directly supporting the charity. Adoption fees go towards the cost of the care they will have spent on your new pet.

What are the benefits of rescuing an animal? – Read our blog post here.

Contact your local animal rescue centre to find out how you can help them. They will be very grateful.

Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is a huge animal lover and has always been passionate about the wellbeing of pets. She currently has a rescue dog, Stewie and a corn snake, Samson, but has experience of looking after various different pets over the years.

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