The month of February sees so many pets abandoned by their new owners who received these fur babies as Christmas presents. Whether it’s a lack of space or puppy/dog behavior issues, many fur babies find themselves at a high-kill shelter. Perhaps it’s a matter of the animal maturing into a young adult, and they aren’t as ‘cute’ as they were under the Christmas tree.
Whatever the reason, the season changes and the situation persists. Please take time to consider the lives that are lost due to neglect and abandonment. If you can contribute to your local shelter, please do so. So many lives come in the front door and leave by the back door of a high-kill shelter. This is the hard truth.
Did you know, anyone can volunteer. There are few requirements to become a volunteer. A love for animals and a desire to help make a difference are all the qualifications necessary. Something as simple as walking a dog at the local pound helps so much. Imagine if you lost your dignity through no fault of your own. The small things matter too.
If you can’t adopt, foster. If you can’t foster, contribute with your money and/or your time. Donations are always welcome and the small time you spend at a shelter provides so much to the animals as well as your own sense of worth.
You don’t have to run a 501c rescue or be a part of an association to make a difference. Something like sharing on social media can save the life of a pup or kitten before disease and death visit.
Finally, please remember to adopt, don’t shop. Thank you for helping these creatures who depend on us for their survival.