Local pet groups need help. Right now, many volunteers in the Northeast are helping care for pets affected by Hurricane Sandy, but their important work continues across the country, throughout the year and often on shoestring budgets. Moreover, many people don’t know that national groups such as the Humane Society of the United States give extremely little of their budgets to local organizations. Readers can help by donating time, money or supplies, such as sheets and towels, newspapers, paper towel rolls or cleaning supplies. Adopt an animal, young or old. Or, you can simply send a thank you note to shelter workers doing good work behind the scenes. It’s vital to give locally to support community groups. If you need to find your local pet shelter, visit www.humaneforpets.com/.
Diana Culp, director, Humane Society for Shelter Pets, Frederick, Md.