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How to Help Abused and Abandoned Pets in Your Community


Believe it or not, there are over one million stray animals in Houston. The population of abandoned and neglected pets is bigger than the city’s shelters can handle. Unfortunately, many of these pets end up at kill shelters because there is nowhere else for them to go. Solving the stray problem in the city — or anywhere else, really — requires a community effort. There’s a lot you can do to get involved! From adopting a pet to supporting your local non-profits, here are some great ways to plug in and help the animals in your community.


Adopt a Pet Instead of Buying from a Breeder


Adopting from a shelter or rescue group means saving two animals — the pet you bring home and the stray that can be rescued because of the space you create in the shelter.


● Learn how to find the perfect rescue for your family.

● If you have your heart set on a specific kind of dog, you can still adopt — there are several breed-specific rescues in Houston!

● Be sure to ask plenty of questions about the animal before bringing home your new pet.

● If you need a hand with your new pup, KW Walkers can help with dog walking, pet sitting, in-home grooming, and yard cleanup.


Start Your Own Animal Rescue


Houston has many animal rescue organizations, but only a few are no-kill shelters. If you’re an entrepreneur at heart, use your passion for animals to launch a no-kill rescue in your community.


● Learn what it takes to launch and run an animal shelter.

● Come up with a plan to raise money for your organization.

● Consider forming an LLC to shield yourself from personal liability.


Support Local Animal Nonprofits


You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to get involved. Consider working as a volunteer or making donations to local animal shelters.


● Sign up for volunteer shifts at a Houston animal shelter.

● You can also donate money or supplies to local animal shelters.

● Houston animal shelters are always in desperate need of fosters, so consider fostering an animal — or two — in your home.


All pets deserve to be loved and nurtured. If you want to step up and do your part for the animals in your community, now is a great time to start. Consider adopting a pet, launching your own nonprofit, volunteering at a local shelter, or just donating some old towels to a rescue organization. Every little bit helps!


Are you planning on adopting a furry friend of your own? Contact KW Walkers if you need a pet sitter or a dog walker to visit your home during the workday or while you’re out of town. Check out KW Walkers’ services to learn more!


By Jessica Brody

mybestfriend@ourbestfriends.pet

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