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Dealing with Pet Loss: Volunteer with a Pet Rescue Organization December 18, 2021

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After the death of a beloved pet, many people may feel lost about how to move forward in the recovery process. It is important to take the time to fully mourn the loss of your pet. The team at Paws, Whiskers & Wags, Your Pet Crematory understands that loss.

One possible way to deal with pet loss is by volunteering with a local pet rescue organization. This is not for everyone and while you may not feel ready to volunteer time to a shelter, there are a variety of other ways to help animals in need.

Read on to learn more about the different ways to assist local pet rescue organizations in your area.

Donate Supplies to Your Local Animal Shelter

If you are mourning the loss of your pet, the idea of volunteering at a shelter may feel overwhelming. In this case, one way to help your local rescue organization is through donations. Shelters are continually in need of supplies for the animals in their care. The act of giving, often feels cathartic for those who are grieving.

If you are on social media, follow local rescue organizations to find out what kind of supplies they might need or call a nearby shelter to find out how you can help. Examples of items needed include pet food, litter, and gently-used pet supplies or toys.

Put Your Skills to Work to Help Animals in Need

In addition to material goods, many rescue organizations have a multitude of other needs. For instance, shelters often need photographers to take pictures of the animals for placement on their website or social media posts. This can make a huge difference in helping find forever homes.

Other skills that may be needed include web design, accounting, or writing skills. Contact a pet rescue organization near you to learn more about how you can volunteer your time and resources to help their cause. The reward can be incredibly fulfilling.

Get to Know the Animals at Your Local Shelter

If you feel ready, volunteering your time to help at a local pet rescue organization is a great way to mourn the loss of a pet in a healthy way. When volunteering at a shelter, you might help with cleaning, socializing or walking the animals, or with administrative tasks.

At some point, you might even consider fostering an animal at your home. Fostering is an excellent way to help an animal who needs individual attention. This can also help you in deciding when you might consider, permanently, bringing a new pet into your home.

Find Pet Loss Support at Paws, Whiskers & Wags

With locations in Atlanta, Covington, and Charlotte, locally owned pet crematory, Paws, Whiskers & Wags, helps provide pet loss support and resources to members of the community. To find information on local pet rescue organizations, pet loss support meetings, and our services, please contact our team.