How Can You Get More Involved in Animal Welfare? (by Sara Burt)

cat-and-dog-clip-artThe Research Question: How can I get more involved in animal shelters?


The Public Writing: Posts to Prominent Animal Welfare Blogs

Congratulations San Antonio!

It is truly amazing that in just 3 months all participating shelters saved 56,232 animals lives. This proves that when communities come together that anything is possible. I also want to congratulate my own state of Oregon for participating.  Way to go Greenhill Humane Society of Eugene, OR. As for the concern that with rapid adoptions leaves less room for thorough screening. I can tell you from a person that has worked closely with my local animal shelters it is possible to have high numbers of animals being placed in loving homes without neglecting the screening process. It takes a whole lot people to do so but it is possible. I think that the last person to thank is Rachael Ray! She has done so much for animals since she started her talk show. I loved her even more when she came out as an advocate for Pit Bulls. I have always admired celebrities that used their fame as a platform for a good cause.

I Do Love Some Serious Cuddling

Yes! Be an advocate. I think it is important to be the voice of those who do not have a voice. I have been volunteering at one of my local shelters and I can tell you that I don’t believe I will ever stop. So for “Giving Tuesday” (this might be a more of a Thursday plan because my volunteer days are usually Thursdays) my plan is to hug a dog or cat, I might even scoop some poop if I am lucky. While I think it is important to go to your local shelter in dig your hands in, so to speak, I have become more curious on what I can do on a more legislation level. I believe it is important to know our state laws. How are the laws that are set up protecting our animals? How as a community can we make them better? Advocacy Brigade here I come! No matter what you give; time/love, Advocacy Brigade, or becoming an ASPCA guardian, every little thing you do goes a long way.

The Research Collection:

Saaverda, Lisa. “Top Ten Ways to Help Your Local Shelter.” ASPCA. N.p., 2000. Web. 21 Nov. 2012. <;.


The ASPCA is one of the most leading organization groups that fight against animal cruelty. They bring in communities to help in the fight to pass humane animals laws, build animal shelters and share resources nationwide. ASPCA had one of the best nationwide volunteer programs. In this article on their website is a list of ways that people can get involved with their local animal shelters. ASPCA knows that people do not always have the means to adopt but there are so many others ways to get enough and help animals.


I believe that the ASPCA is a great place to start if you looking into wanted to get more enough with sheltered animals. The ASPCA can help connect you to your local animal shelters or they have great ideas on how you can get involved on more of a national level. If you are looking on wanting to start you own food drive for your local shelter? ASPCA can get you started. If you want to get involved more with legislation? ASPCA can be a great partner.


Day, Peter. “Carmel Students Raise $160 for Animal Shelter.” Hesperia Star (CA) 26 May 2008: Newspaper Source. Web. 20 Nov. 2012.


In this article a teacher my the name of Peter Day documents how he got his classroom at Carmel Elementary involved in raising money for the Victor Valley Animal Protection League. The kids participated in a two-month long bottle and can recycling project that raised $160.


This article gives example how someone can not only get involved themselves but they can get their families, their neighbors, or even their classroom involved. The kids at Carmel Elementary not only participated in this project, Day made it part of his curriculum and they learned very important lessons through raising money for the needy.  The needy being four-legged and furry animals.


Burns, Katie. “Convention-Goers. Spruce Up Local Animal Shelters.” Journal Of The American Veterinary Medical Association 235.5 (2009): 500-501. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2012.


This article focuses on a project headed by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.  The project brought together volunteers and tourists in the surroundings areas of Seattle, Washington. Members of the AVMF and volunteers participated in a three day animal shelter clean-up.


I found the article extremely interesting. It shows that even if you are a person that travels a lot for work you can always find a way to help out local shelters. AVMF have found a way to bring together their local volunteers and people traveling from all over for a just cause.  You don’t have to participate all three day but a few hours between business meeting can make a huge difference.


McDonald, Theodore W., Rafaelito Caso, and Dee Fugit. “Teaching And Learning Operant Principles In Animal Shelters: Perspectives From Faculty, Students, And Shelter Staff.” Journal Of Instructional Psychology 32.4 (2005): 310-321. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2012.


This study documents how teachers from elementary to colleges are incorporating service learning into their curriculum. The main focus is students volunteering at local animal shelters. This study also explains that while these service learning activities start in the school but stems out to the families of the student. Families of the students are getting evolved, noting that some parents are making it a family ritual from now on.


This is another article about how teachers are incorporating service learning into their curriculum. Actually I have been finding out that this has become a new trend for schools, one that I think is great on so many levels. I believe not only do these projects help communities; people involved can learn a lot from them as well.


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