There are so many great ways for anyone to get involved and help these wonderful animals. Whether you want to work directly with dogs and cats or provide invaluable services encouraging adoption online, writing letters, or making toys, shelter dogs need your help!
- Adopt. Give a great dog a forever home and find your new best friend. On the fence? Let us help you find the right dog for you.
- Foster. Foster homes are the backbone of animal rescue. Most private rescues have no facility or very limited space in their facility. Every foster home that opens up is a dog saved. Contact me or one of the many local rescues in the area like Plenty of Pitbulls or Second Chance Rescue to get started. On the fence? Let us help you find the right dog for you.
- Support fosters. Can’t foster? Help someone who can. You can take dogs for walks, babysit for weekend vacations, or donate supplies. Please contact me for information about how to connect with foster families.
- Volunteer. Dogs always need to be walked, played with, trained, and just loved on. Every minute a dog spends with you is a minute out of his cage and away from the anxiety and boredom of shelter life. There are dogs of every shape, size, and energy level. Staff can match you with a dog that is right for you. Please call or visit Alachua County Animal Services to get started. I’d be happy to show you around! Contact me and we can arrange a time to meet the dogs.
- Donate. A rawhide can be the difference between an anxious hour and an hour spent doing something enjoyable. Frozen treats like carrots frozen in icecubes are a huge relief on hot days. Just drop your donations off at the front desk of Alachua County Animal Services or contact a local rescue like Plenty of Pitbulls or Second Chance Rescueabout donating.
- Take a dog out for a day
- Doggie Sleepover
- Transport (we can provide doggie seatbelts)
- Pack walks at Depot park
- Doggie photo shoots
- Bring a dog to adoption events
- Make toys for dogs
- Encourage adoption online
- Write to change breed legislation
- Encourage friends and family to foster or adopt
Do you have service hours that you need to meet? Get them playing with pups and kitties! Community Service Hour Guidelines (link coming soon)
Printable handouts (coming soon)
Information-packed handouts, free to print for your organization, business, or personal use.
Fostering and Adopting
- Fostering an Excitable dog: tips for exercise, downtime entertainment, and training games to set you up for success
- Just adopted: getting to know your new shelter dog
- Self-control: your foster dog might not have it, but she needs it. Here’s how to teach her
- Don’t lose your dog: how to fit and use your harness, martingale collar, and buckle collar, and how to never let go of the leash
- 50 Ways to Stuff a Kong: Entertainment for the easily bored or picky pup
Understanding Shelter Dogs and Cats
- What is barrier aggression?
- What makes shelter dogs overactive?
- Understanding social cues at the fence
- Using dogs to teach each other
- Testing cats for cat-friendliness
Important Links for Volunteers with Alachua County Animal Services
ACAS Foster and Volunteer ( Including Contact Information for Volunteer Coordinator)