At KGDP 660, we are all about sharing the love of god and let people know what our local church are doing. Church groups are known for their generosity toward humans, but they also have a soft spot in their hearts for pets as well. As more and more animals are becoming homeless and abused, helping human society take care of pets has become a priority for some church groups.
Most churches don’t make a lot of money, as they are non-profit organizations. They rely very heavily on their volunteers to preform tasks for the church itself, or to provide services for the community.
Church volunteers partner with local humane societies such as the SPCA to come together to come up with a plan to help homeless and abused animas find new homes, have enough food to eat, and receive the medical treatment they need to stay active and healthy. Keeping shelter pets healthy while they are awaiting new homes is crucial. Many people will only consider adopting healthy pets due to time restraints and financial restraints on their part. While some people are able and more than willing to care for sick pets, most people will only consider adopting the healthiest pets.
Fundraising is the most common way church groups, and many other groups for that matter, help out. Volunteers and activity planning staff partner up to come up with enough money to help local animal charities. They may hold a spaghetti dinner with the proceeds given to the charity. They may raffle off prizes such as gift certificates, toys, gift baskets, grocery items, dog food, etc. Bake sales are another common way groups make money to donate to charities. A lot of planning and time from church group volunteers is needed and the outcome is always very positive.
Volunteering time to the particular charity, for example the SPCA or local humane society, is another way church volunteers help. Sometimes it’s not only money that shelter pets need, but it’s human contact as well. Animals, just like humans, need interaction. They need to go for walks, snuggle, and play. These volunteers work one on one with the animals. Church group volunteers can also work in adoption clinics. These are the areas of the shelters where the animals are adopted out to new homes. Shelter pets can be any breed. They tend to be mixed breeds, but purebreds such as Labs, Pitbulls, and Beagles are common too .Cats and kittens are also prepped for adoption at the humane society adoption clinics. Volunteers who give their time to these charitable organizations are helping to fulfil the lives of dogs and cats in their community.
Advocating is another way church’s are helping human society to take care of pets. Spreading the word that these animals are in need, and that local humane societies and the SPCA could use our help, is a big step toward awareness. If people are aware of the situation, they can help. They can either help on an individual level, or they can help plan activities within their own organizations.
Animals rely on us to care or them. Each and every one of them deserve caring and loving homes. They deserve fresh food and clean water. It’s up to us to provide for them. Whether you’re raising money through fundraising or donating time as part of a group, or donating money or time as an individual, you are doing your part. Every little bit helps, and I’m positive that if these animals could speak they would thank you for it.