Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
This week, November 5th - 11th, is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. As you well know, I’m a great animal lover, mother to four sweet kitties and an advocate for pet rescue and re-homing. So to take a moment to reach out to you all, many of you like-minded in your love of all things furry, means a lot to me.
I’m sure many of you are aware that our numerous shelters and humane societies in this country are over-crowded, under-staffed and sadly, a “HOME” to far too many beautiful creatures.
Unfortunately, puppy mills, illegal breeders, and pet owners unwilling to spay or neuter their pets, have created a multitude of unwanted, and many times, abused cats, dogs and other pets. I have to say, the shelter staff I have come in contact with are dedicated and caring people that want these animals to have their best possible life. But like many other organizations, they rely on volunteers and donations to keep their businesses up and running.
There are so many ways to support your local animal shelter or humane society. If you are retired, or someone with some free time, consider volunteering your time. Many shelters are looking for people to walk dogs, clean kennels or just snuggle with the kitties. Donating products or money is another way to help out. Just check first to see what their particular needs are. Many times they need pet food, collars and leashes, flea & tick medications etc. And if you’re really ready to commit, consider adopting a pet from your local shelter!
These sweet animals cannot advocate for themselves and rely on humans for their basic needs. In most cases, in return, they provide unconditional love and companionship, whether you bring one home, or just spend an hour or two a week with them.