This holiday season, remember to be thankful for everything that you have and everyone in your life. It’s also important to bear in mind that not every animal has a loving home and pet parents to care for it. It is estimated that there are between six and eight million animals put into animal shelters each year and three to four million of them are euthanized. With numbers like that, it’s imperative to help organizations and people who are trying their hardest to find more homes for animals in need.
A great place to start is with your local animal shelters and humane societies. Many of these places welcome volunteers and accept donations to help provide care to animals that end up homeless. You can give your time, contribute financially or with supplies, and sometimes you can even foster animals until they can find a permanent place to live.
Another great opportunity lies in assisting your local animal welfare organizations. There are often smaller groups who take in abandoned animals but are on a tight budget or run solely on donations. Look up your local organizations online and talk to a representative to see if there is anything that you can do to help.
There are so many wonderful and caring humans trying to make a real difference in the lives of animals, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. Be sure to do what you can to make sure that the animals in your life stay safe and happy.
Some other organizations doing great things for animals are:
American Humane Association: www.americanhumane.org
Angels Rest Animal Sanctuary: www.angelsrestanimalsanctuary.org
Animal Rescue League: www.animalrescue.org
Best Friends Animal Society: www.bestfriends.org
Colony Cats & Dogs: www.colonycats.org
League of Animal Welfare: www.lfaw.org
Pets Without Parents: www.petswithoutparents.net