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5 Ways You Can Help End Pet Homelessness

Many pet lovers know that overpopulation is the greatest challenge facing pets in and no matter how many times we read the numbers, it’s hard to think about all those pets who don’t find homes.

But together, we can solve the problem of pet overpopulation. We’re working hard to help the pets who don’t make it out of our shelters. You can help us make an even bigger impact. Here’s how:

1. Adopt a best friend

The easiest, most accessible way to end pet homelessness is by adopting a pet. With so many healthy, adoptable pets in shelters, choosing to give a pet a home has an immediate impact on the pet, the shelter and you.

Shelter pets are healthy pets! Pets who are available for adoption have been examined by veterinary. Most are spayed or neutered before you meet them (all pets available at KSPCA are already fixed), so you won’t have to worry about scheduling the surgery. It’s one of many reasons that adopting is less expensive than purchasing a pet.

New pet parents often tell us how simple and straightforward their adoption experience was. If you don’t know much about adoption, you can learn right now. And when you do meet your match, shelter staff will help guide you through the process. When you adopt, you save a life and enrich your own.

Are you ready to find your new best friend? Find adoptable pets near you.

2. Foster a pet

Space is one of the most limited resources in shelters — there simply isn’t enough to hold all the homeless pets. Pets who are sick or very young are the most at risk of euthanasia. Sometimes all they need is a little time and love.

You can save a life by helping to free up space in a shelter by fostering a pet. As a foster parent, you care for her while she grows, or recovers from illness or surgery.

Want to do more? Put an extra room (even a spare bathroom) to better use. You can save a whole family by fostering a mother cat and her babies. By giving the kittens a safe place to grow with their mom and keep them safe from illness while they get stronger, you’re giving all of them a second chance. Best of all, when you bring the family back to the shelter, they’ll be the cats most likely to be adopted.

3. Spay or neuter your pet

You can have a direct impact on the number of homeless pets by targeting the overpopulation problem at its source. Prevent unplanned births — and countless more pets who will need homes — by spaying or neutering your pet.

Pets can get pregnant as young as 4 months old. But research shows that cats and dogs can be spayed or neutered safely at 2 months of age or 2 pounds in weight. If you’re a pet parent, don’t wait to have your pet spayed or neutered.

Every pet available for adoption through KSPCA is already spayed or neutered. If your pet isn’t altered yet, find an affordable spay/neuter clinic in your area.

4. Volunteer

If adopting or fostering aren’t options for you right now, you can still work toward reducing pet homelessness. Sharing your time with homeless pets is rewarding and fun — for you and the pets!

If you’re a dog person, you may be able to take the dogs out for walks. Shelter cats can always use interaction and playtime. Pets in shelters often need such “socializing” — it helps them get used to people and new situations, especially while they’re between homes. You can help them grow comfortable being touched and groomed.

Volunteering your time and attention can help a pet become more adoptable. After spending time with the pets, your comments can give shelter staff and potential adopters insight about a pet’s personality. And the more everyone knows about a pet, the more likely they’ll be able to match him with the right family for him.

5. Donate today

Want to make a difference right now? Help KSPCA end pet homelessness by making a donation. Your donation will greatly assist the running costs of the KSPCA allowing us to continue caring for the animals of Kenya.

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  1. Ella Oyieke
    Ella Oyieke says:

    Good afternoon. Thank you for yhe information in pets. There’s a lost dog that was found a few weeks on my street around my neighbourhood. I live in Kileleshwa.
    One of my neighbour’s has asked around the other communities and apartments on our street but no one has claimed him/her. I’d like to get it looked at by a vet and if possible have you take it in. As a student living with my parents I’m not in a position to take it in. My family hates animals. I’m terrified that it will fall sick or die soon.
    Please help.

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