Christmas Giving- Remembering our Furry Friends At The Animal Shelter!
In The Spirit Of Giving
The holiday season put us in such a giving frame of mind. We feel blessed and thankful and want to share our love and gratitude with our friends and family- sometimes even complete strangers! It's such a busy time of year that the hustle and bustle of choosing gifts, baking treats and decorating our homes are often the reasons why we find "time to do charitable things" as the last item on our list. Yet, when you think of it, you realize that it's the "giving" part of the holidays that make us feel most satisfied. Nothing is as wonderful as seeing a smile on the faces of the ones we love because of something we did.
But what about our neglected and abandoned furry friends? They don't have the vocabulary to ask for help or to say thank you, making it much easier for us to forget about all the animals in need. There are many things you can do to help these animals and it's as easy as adding your local shelter to your holiday gift giving list.
Ways To Help
Donate supplies that shelters use such as: newspapers, old blankets and towels, cat and dog toys, pet food, litter boxes, brushes, water bowls, pens, paper, cleaning supplies or any other item you think might help with the day to day operations of an animal shelter
Volunteer to walk animals that live in the shelters or ask if there are any known pets in the neighbourhood that need walked because of owner illnesses or disabilities that may prevent the dogs from being walked. Maybe you have an elderly neighbour with a pet who could use help exercising their dog.
Attend garage sales or flea markets hosted by shelters. Make monetary donations or donate crafts or items for them to sell at their function.
Make sure your pets are spayed or neutered and encourage you friends, family and neighbours to do the same
Start or support a Tag Awareness Day. Shelters spend a lot of time and resources trying to unite pets with their owners. Raising awareness of the importance of ID tags is a great way to show support for your local animal shelter.
Why Giving Pets As Gifts Is Not Always A Good Idea
Sure, giving a cute little puppy wrapped in a big red bow seems like the perfect gift for someone you love. Not always! There are many reasons to think twice about giving pets as gifts:
The person may not want the responsibility of a pet
The person may already have pets and wasn't looking to expand the family
The person may not have the financial resources to feed the pet and cover the other costs associated with owning a pet
Yes they are super cute when little, but pets require a very huge commitment. Sometimes a commitment of 15 years or more.
Children may beg and plead for a pet but not be responsible enough or mature enough to care for the pet properly. Pets require proper training and exercise. Who is going to be walking the pet and cleaning up after it?
The bottom line is, that even though they are cute and cuddly, they require work, a lot of work! A pet should never be a last minute decision or a decision taken lightly. It is a proven fact that the majority of pets who were given as surprise gifts are most likely the ones who wind up in animal shelters. Please think twice about giving a pet as a gift and please think twice about remembering our furry friends this Christmas and throughout the entire year.