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There are many ways for women to contribute and help others in the local community. However, some women are unable to volunteer in person outside the home, for a variety of reasons. If you want to be a part of a group of women who make a difference but aren't sure how you can help others, you can browse for ideas by using any of the popular online search engines. One area that always needs volunteers is animal rescue, and this can be done from the comfort of your own home.
Animal Rescue Via Social Media
You don't have to spend hours at your local animal shelter to be able to help needy cats, dogs and other animals find their way into loving homes. You can utilize social media to do the same work -- this is generally called "crossposting." Get involved with local and not-so-local animal rescues, shelters and animal control facilities. First, look up those that interest you, then "like" their page. Then, when you see that animals are posted that are in need, this is where you can step in. Share the stories and pictures of these animals to help drum up interest. When one user shares a post, it can reach hundreds, if not thousands of other users. You can also find tips online to help you increase your reach and crosspost effectively and responsibly.
Taking Animal Rescue Offline
Again, you don't have to spend hours cleaning kennels or walking dogs if that isn't your cup of tea. You can assist by picking up dogs and cats at shelters and animal control facilities, and then transport them to foster and forever homes. There are many success stories online that tell of animals that were minutes from euthanasia for the lack of a home. Kind-hearted volunteers used their own vehicles and funds to get the animal to the right forever home. If you have a penchant for driving, or just want to be involved in the "happy" aspect of rescue, this may be a job for you. All you need is a reliable vehicle; many times, donors will help with fuel costs.
How Animals Can Be Helped Online
Crossposting offers many benefits to homeless animals. First, and perhaps most importantly, social media can find loving foster and forever homes for animals in need. Next, crossposting can assist animals in getting from a high-kill animal control facility or low-kill/no-kill shelter into a foster or forever home. Crossposting also increases awareness of financial and other needs of shelters and individual pets. Crossposting can drum up donations to cover veterinary costs for badly injured animals, so they will be able to be adopted. Crossposting can also help raise funds to cover the cost of transport for animals at animal control facilities and kill shelters. You never know who will end up seeing your post -- many animals have been adopted by loving families who didn't even know they wanted a new fur friend. Many of these stories were made possible by the generosity of crossposters who utilize their time to share animals in need and make a difference in the global community.