Archive for August 2011
When those commercials come on with the animals sitting in cages waiting to get adopted (you know the ones I’m talking about), I get all weepy and want to rescue them all on my own. That got me to thinking, what is it that animal shelters and rescues really, really want us to know? How can we really help?
So, I gave the Michigan Humane Society a call to find out. In speaking with Kevin Hatman the Public Relations Coordinator, I told him we all understand the importance of donating for care, taking time to walk the sheltered dogs, and adopting. But what else is important for us to be aware of? OK, guys. This is where you cross your legs and wince.
Keep our streets litter free.
He said most importantly it was spaying and neutering the animals. That too many end up as strays, being feral, sick or injured. And worst – can’t find loving homes.
The MHS has “fixed” 270,000 dogs and cats in the last 20 years which has kept exponentially millions of animals off the streets. Was there a number that could make an impression on us, something more relatable, I asked? Well, here’s a biggie. One pair of cats left unchecked could lead to over 300,000 offspring over the course of 7 years. That’s a lot of litter, so to speak.
Who knows what you’re “kids” are doing out there when you’re not watching, so send them out with some protection and help keep our streets safe and litter free.
“What do I know about judging a dog show” I thought to myself when I got the call from the Canton Public Library. But, hey. I know that I love dogs and have, after all, seen “Best In Show.” So there I was, agreeing to be a judge. But then I began wondering, who were the other judges? What did I need to bone up on? What criteria would I need to know? Would I find it hard to vote on only one and not the others. I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Here’s something to chew on.
Funny thing is, when the dogs got up in the “ring” for the most part they all got stage fright. Kinda like me, not exactly sure what to do, but eventually got it.
Buddy, a leader dog pup in training was there and he’s just like the rest of us. Learning step by step. And, Poncho the 11 year old police dog getting ready to retire had to start somewhere, too. These guys weren’t there to win anything – just to show us how to help and be of service in some sort of way.
So, I guess don’t be afraid to try something new or to reach out and help. We don’t always need to win. We don’t have to change the world. It’s the little things that make a big difference. Take one step in doing something you’ve been thinking about. Give a call to someone who would love to hear your voice. Drop some change into the Humane Society bucket. Give an old blanket or towels to a local shelter to help keep the animals warm. Just do the best you can with what you’ve got.
I didn’t know what to expect going in as a judge, but it turns out it wasn’t about what I knew, but rather what I learned.