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Support and Save Sheltered Animals

November 20th, 2013 (07:00 am)
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Current Mood: accomplished
Current Song: I Can Do Better Than That as sung by Lauren Kennedy

'Tis the season of giving. Why not give a critter a home - not just for the holidays, but for life?

There are many cats and dogs in local animal shelters who would love to be a part of your household. If you want to and are able to share your home with a pet, please save an animal who desperately needs a home. You'll have a friend for life.

When choosing a pet, please do not let age be a factor. Yes, baby kittens are adorable, but so are older pets. The adoption rate of adult cats and dogs is much lower than that of the newborns and toddlers, so to speak. Just because a shelter pet is older doesn't mean it has had a hard life; perhaps he had a great life until his owners discovered their child was allergic to dogs. Just because a shelter pet is older doesn't mean she is ill or bad-tempered; perhaps she is the very picture of health and manners, but hasn't found the right human yet.

Perhaps that human is you.

You'd be shocked by how many people think non-humans are disposable. They aren't. I value all forms of life. A cat isn't a dog and a little girl isn't a bunny, but they are all animals. People are animals too. Don't forget that.

If you have some spare change, consider donating it to a shelter - especially a no-kill shelter. You'd be surprised how little it takes to save a life.

If you cannot adopt pets or do not have the funds to make a monetary donation, you can give them attention and love by donating your time and being a volunteer. You will bring some light into their lives, and they will do the same for you. Call your local animal shelter and ask if there is a volunteer program or donation system in place.

I also encourage you to donate your blankets to shelters. Such a simple gesture, easy to make, yet not often considered. Think of how cold it gets at night. Be thankful if you have a home and a bed to sleep in, because you're luckier than many others. If you have a heater, a thick comforter, and warm clothing, you're luckier still. Just because an animal has fur doesn't mean he or she is warm. Many animal shelters do not have adequate heating. Many do not have enough beds to go around, let alone blankets. Kitties won't mind if there are cartoons on their sheets, and neither do hounds. Neither will people, for that matter. If you find you have an abundance of old bedclothes, donate some to an animal shelter and some to a shelter for displaced persons. (Please wash your old blankets before donating them.)

One last thing: If you have pets at home already (or after acting on the recommendations in this post), please do me a favor and pet them for me.

This post is in memory of my cats. I miss you, little girls.

Related Post:
Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month and National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

External Links:
Help the ASPCA
ASPCA video with Sarah McLachlan
The Pedigree Adoption Drive
Shelter Stories from Patrick McDonnell
One of Patrick's comic strips

Comments

Posted by: Rebecca (rebeccael)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)

All our animals have been found or adopted. I found my old cat, Cally, in our neighborhood, and even though she was fourteen at the time, she was with us for two and a half years. She was the most loving cat I've ever known.

And, I just adopted a new kitten from a PAWS shelter about a month ago! Her name is Sydney and she makes me happy. :) When I have the money and the space, I'm hoping to adopt an older cat to keep Syd company while I'm at school.
Thanks for posting this. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)

((hugs)) I know that Sydney will honor and benefit from your memories of Cally. Congratulations on finding each other.

Posted by: Rebecca (rebeccael)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)

:) Thanks. Syd is a fantastic cat. She actually likes me! Unlike my other cat, Luna, who doesn't really like anyone. ;)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)

Cats are choosy, like people. I'm sure she likes you in her own sly way.

Posted by: Rebecca (rebeccael)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I figure she does. She just has a hard time showing it. :D

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)

:)

Posted by: Barbara O'Connor (barboconnor)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)

I love this post! Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)

Thank you for reading, considering, and commenting.

Posted by: gypsyrobin (gypsyrobin)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)

Standing ovation to you. :)

(And if I may, in memory of June, Wren and Rowan, the three little boys I'm missing these days, too.)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)

Thanks and ((vibes)) to you.

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
glasses

Hey Little Willow, just wanted to let you know I awarded you the 'Roar for Powerful Words Award'! Check out my blog for deets. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)

I am honored. Thank you, Miss Erin.

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
colorful

You're welcome!

I just read this post, and it made me laugh. You may have already seen it, but if not you might get a kick out of it: http://pkwood.blogspot.com/2007/10/da-doo-run-run-run-da-doo-run-run.html

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)

I am flattered.

Mmm, ketchup...

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)

hee-hee

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)

:)

Posted by: allaboutm_e (allaboutm_e)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
kitty gren

The pets send various forms of slobbery fuzzy holiday hugs...

BTW, we think we have a new Barn Kitty! :: crosses fingers, plans to go check in barn for blanket that was set out for former Barn Cat ::

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)

Happy holidays to all of your family members!!

Posted by: Tiffany Trent (tltrent)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
sumi

Thanks for this post! My husband is working at our local Humane Society shelter right now and it's just so hard to see all these sweet animals that need homes. Hopefully if we all keep spreading the word...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)

Thank you for reading it. Tell your husband thank you, and to give special attention to any Siamese or black cat. :)

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 25th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)

Yay for your near-future pet! Keep me posted!

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 25th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)

Excellent. Yes, of course!

Posted by: Susan Taylor Brown (susanwrites)
Posted at: November 29th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)

Such an important message. Thanks for posting about it. I hope people think before they adopt.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: November 30th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)

Thank you. Me too.

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