If you are the crafty sort, there is a great program that allows you to get creative while helping animals in shelter care.
In 1996, Hugs for Homeless Animals founder Rae French got the idea of making security blankets for animals in shelters, who are often housed in cold areas with bare floors.
"Snuggles Project" volunteers have provided more than 500,000 blankets to cats, dogs and other small animals around the world.
Volunteers sew, knit or crochet the "Snuggles" that are donated to shelters so every animal has something cuddle up with to feel warmth and comfort.
The Snuggles are a win, win, win. The animals get physical and psychological comfort, the shelters can present a more homey atmosphere and adopt more animals, and the Snuggle maker receives the warm fuzzies that come with doing good work to help animals.
The Snuggles Project pattern library has everything you need to get started.
The website also has a list of shelters that accept donations.