Many people think of animal shelters as a sad place—a death row for animals. The truth is our nation’s animal shelters have reached a tipping point as an increasing number of public and private shelters are instituting proactive programs that save and protect animals’ lives.
“If an animal shelter wants help from their community, they need to be part of the community,” says Elizabeth Putsche, Executive Director of Photographers for Animals. The Picture Me @ Home campaign encourages shelters to host events that bring people into the shelter—so the public experiences the shelter as a positive place, with an atmosphere of love for animals. The public then remembers the shelter when they are ready to adopt—as well as a means for shelters to potentially find a few new volunteers along the way.
To increase traffic to a shelter, look for various advertisements or events being offered in an attempt to find new forever homes for those animals currently calling a shelter home.
Winter Holiday Campaigns Include:
“Twas the Night Before Christmas” invites children of all ages to read their favorite holiday stories to the shelter animals. Reading aloud can help improve children’s reading skills, and helps calm the animals, who are in unfamiliar surroundings.
Photos with Santa Paws & Mrs. Claws invites the community (and their pets!) to the animal shelter for portraits with Santa and a chance for children to share their wish list.
Black Friday Sale appeals to the bargain hunter in all of us by offering discounts on all black animal adoption fees and additional ‘doorbuster’ incentives the day after Thanksgiving.
When you see or hear of an event offered at a shelter nearby, drop in for a visit. Kids and those pets at the shelter will have fun and enjoy the time they spend together. Visiting a shelter doesn’t mean a family is ready to adopt at that moment, but becoming familiar with the shelter, services and offering some love to those waiting for their forever home is a great way to spread holiday cheer.
About the organizers helping shelters create and host these event:
Recognizing the impact and influence imagery can have on an audience to take action, Photographers for Animals was founded to promote animal issues and help animal groups and organizations utilize opportunities for photography and film. Its website is www.photographersforanimals.org. The Jackson Galaxy Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax exempt charity with a mission to improve the lives of animals at risk, and help those that care for them. The Foundation focuses on programs that drive innovation, promotes improved shelter design and construction, and provides knowledge to inspire and empower animal advocates. www.jacksongalaxyfoundation.org. Paws PR, a division of P Jones Communications, is a marketing agency specializing in business development and communications for the pet industry and animal protection organizations. www.PawsPR.com on Twitter @PawsPR.
The collaboration of this team shared, “Many shelters understandably spend the vast majority of their time providing direct care to their animals,” says Jackson Galaxy, founder of the Jackson Galaxy Foundation and star of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell.
Make time to check out shelters in your area. Join the fun offered to both pets and visitors during the holiday season. Kids will enjoy spending time with the animals in the shelter’s care and the pets benefit from the interactions, especially if they have recently been welcomed by the shelter. Together communities can support local shelters providing love, care and attention to the animals and humans will be equally rewarded by seeing the great work going on in these shelters.
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