Here are some animal organizations in the region that are in need of help:
Looking to introduce your children to helping others? Animal shelters, rescues and other organizations are in need, whether it’s to adopt from their facilities, lend a hand or drop off food or supply donations. It’s a great summer family project. Kids can pitch in by raising funds through a lemonade stand (see how on pg. 10) or doing chores around the house. Put on a neighborhood yard sale in which some of the sales go directly to support the cause. If you donate supplies, have the kids go shopping with you and let them pick out the needed items. Also, make sure they deliver in-person to their favorite animal cause.
Cleveland Animal Protective League — Volunteers ages 16-17 with parent consent are welcome. Volunteers 9-15 years old may volunteer with a parent or guardian, through the Pet Partners Program. Other opportunities include: sponsor a cage, make a one-time donation or buy supplies from the wish list. clevelandapl.org
Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village — Kids can participate in the Rescue Village Reading Program, where kids can practice these skills and help reduce anxiety for shelter animals. Parents are required to attend training and accompany their child each time they participate in the program. Also, kids can donate by looking to the rescue’s wish list or sponsoring a dog or cat.
Lake Humane Society, Mentor — Volunteers must be 16 and older to volunteer with cats and 18 and older to volunteer with dogs. Donations from the wish list include needed items such as cat litter, canned cat and kitten food, dish soap, KMR Milk Replacer for kittens and more. Also, if your kids have a special talent, find out ways they can be creative in sharing these adoptable dogs and cats with family and friends.
Love-a-Stray Dog Division, Avon Lake — The organization is looking for donations on its wish list, including gift cards to retailers such as Costco, Pet Supplies Plus, and PetSmart, plus items including heavy duty 6-inch leads, stainless steel dog bowls, durable toys (Kong brand, etc.), large Nylabones, and small Milk Bone dog treats.
One of a Kind Pet Rescue, Akron — Volunteers can be any age, but those ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Wish list items are needed, but the community also can donate funds to spay and neutering, and critical care programs.
Save Ohio Strays, Wadsworth — Needs include monetary donations, as well as wish list items such as pet store gift cards, clumping kitty litter, puppy collars and leashes, baby/puppy gates, kitten and adult cat food, dog bones, dog toys (not rawhide), dog toys and more. Another option is to support the organization at its area “Adoption Meet and Greets.”