The NEW YEAR IS HERE! Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? And only days into 2013, have you broken them yet? (You don’t have to answer that.)
It’s always fun and a good idea to look forward to a new year with a plan and goals that will improve and enhance our lives.
We animal lovers want the best for our pets, and it’s no surprise that some of our 2013 resolutions just might include the animals that are near and dear to us. Please consider a few resolutions that will make the new year a good one for our critter friends and for those wonderful dogs and cats that are looking for their forever home.
RESOLVE to volunteer at our shelter. Try it … you will quite possibly like it. If you are unable to clean kennels and cages, there are plenty of other jobs to tackle. There are dogs to walk, kittens to play with, laundry to fold, and dishes and bowls to wash — just to name a few.
And the best thing about volunteering is that you can pick the times that work best for you. Once a month or once a week or once in a while … any time that you can share and spare will be greatly appreciated.
RESOLVE to promote the work of our shelter and our pets and programs and learn more about the dozens of programs we offer for pets and people. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your co-workers. Help us spread the word that the shelter is a safe haven for lost and homeless cats and dogs in this area. Join us on Facebook and keep up to date with events and happenings!
Good things happen at the shelter, and happy tales (tails?) are the happy ending for thousands of animals that are adopted out from our shelter. Your kind words and moral support mean a lot.
RESOLVE to make a donation of shelter supply items. Twice every day, shelter staff and volunteers use large quantities of liquid laundry detergent, bleach, cat litter, newspaper, and paper towels — just to name a few.
Any donation from the shelter’s “wish list” is money saved for the organization. Next time you are shopping, consider picking up a couple items that will help with the daily operations. The “wish list” is posted on our web site. Check it out.
RESOLVE to make a monetary donation to our shelter. The work of the organization is never done. There are an endless number of lost, homeless, abandoned and injured animals that need the services of our shelter. We simply can’t do all we do without your support.
Consider our Recurring Giving Program where a lot of small donations every month, really adds up for our organization. Only .33 cents a day ($10 a month) can help our pets all year long. Click here to donate now.
If you have never made a monetary donation, please consider making that a priority this new year. Gifts of any size are needed and greatly appreciated. If you have made a donation in the past, we can’t thank you enough….
RESOLVE to spend more time with your pets. More walks with your dog and more play time with your cat will make for lots of happy creatures in your little corner of the world. And the good news is that the time you spend with your pets will more than likely improve your own mental health and outlook on life.
RESOLVE to be kind to our feathered friends. Have you noticed the beautiful songbirds that appear in your yard? They need a little help during this cold, snowy season. Please consider putting out some wild bird seed and be vigilant about refilling the feeders.
Birds also need water. Consider filling your birdbath year around, and remember to use a bird bath heating element when the temperature is below freezing.
RESOLVE to be the best possible pet owner you can be. Be kind, be compassionate, and be responsible. And Happy New Year to you and the animals you love.