10 Ways to Support Animal Shelters for #GivingTuesdayNow

Animal shelters need our help. As the fallout from the pandemic continues, animal shelters and rescues have been working with reduced staff and resources. Plenty of people have stepped up to foster or adopt animals in need—but it’ll take a broader, nationwide effort to save animal organizations across the country, says David Meyer, Adopt-A-Pet CEO.

“This is a coming tidal wave,” he told Chewy VP of Healthcare and Shelters Mita Malhotra in an Instagram Live chat Friday. From decreases in adoptions and donations to increases in animals being relinquished to shelters, there could be some difficult challenges ahead for animal advocates. “We’re doing everything we can to prepare for that,” Meyer says.

At Chewy, supporting shelters and rescues is part of our DNA. That’s why we’ve donated over $5 million to support shelters and rescues during the pandemic. So naturally, we’re loving all the creative ways shelters and pet people have come together for the greater good. Check out these out-of-the-box ways to support shelters—and get in on the action yourself! #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving taking place May 5, 2020, is the perfect time to start.

1. Buy a Priceless Painting—by a Pig

In uncertain times, animal shelters are getting creative. Case in point: the Vegas Pet Rescue Project (VPRP), which has enlisted one of its star rescues, a pig named Leroy, to raise funds to keep the shelter afloat.

Leroy is a piggy Picasso, creating abstract art with his snout and tongue using pet-safe paint. Like most valuable works of art, Leroy’s masterpieces are selling at auction, with proceeds supporting the VPRP’s operations. Just look how proud he is of his work!


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