As a volunteer, you can give them a little extra pampering by brushing their coats, taking the dogs for a walk around the block or just being there to hang out with them. Overall, shelter dogs get very little attention and socialization, and a short visit with them does a lot to improve their well-being.
2. You can also volunteer to be a foster parent and keep a rescued dog at your house until he or she finds a permanent, full-time home. This also goes a great way in helping the dog to adjust to family life. The socialization just can't be beat!
3. You can also volunteer to take these dogs to an obedience class that will better their chances for a possible adoption. Behavior problems are the #1 reason many dogs are given up in the first place - a trained dog will be much easier to adopt out.
4. Sponsor a fund raising party for the shelter and donate the cash to your local rescue organization. You may also ask for donations of items that you can bring to the shelter such as: blankets, food and treats, collars, leashes, toys, kennels, etc.
5. Help wash and groom the dogs and then bring them to adoption fairs.
6. Inform people about all dog adoptions and being a shelter volunteer by placing an ad in your local paper or putting up signs on bulletin boards and at dog parks.
7. Last but not the least, keep in mind that the best way to prevent shelter overcrowding is to spay or neuter your pets and to spread the word about the benefits of getting these house pets fixed.