Posts Tagged ‘Pets’
I can’t even imagine, I was thinking to myself as I sat in the veterinary emergency room in the wee hours of the morning, how I would feel if I had to surrender Angus to a shelter or the alternative (gasp – I won’t even say it) because I couldn’t pay for his procedures. So sad having to make a decision like that.
With the average cost of basic food, supplies, medical care and training for a dog or cat being $700 to $875 annually, handing over furry friends to shelters is at an all time high. That gets me to thinking about the ones that end up there and how do we make their transition an easier one?
“For the past 18 years, the Friends For The Dearborn Animal Shelter have been ultimate recyclers— of hope, lives, and love”* Since their inception, they have “rescued, rehabilitated, and re-homed” more than 35,000 animals. “Yes, the biggest need is to remember that animals need homes” says Andrea Kuentz of the shelter, “but also small acts and donations add up in a big way too.”
While our furry friends are waiting to be part of a new family, there are a lot of things you may already have around the house that could be of use to them at a shelter. Peanut butter for the pups, white pages of the newspaper for litter, old towels, or e-collars. And, instead of putting that old armchair out to the curb, donate it to make Fluffy more comfy at a Cat Community. Any old plastic toys your pet isn’t interested in anymore – wouldn’t those make the stay more fun? From adhesive tape to rubber gloves to hot dogs – check alternate ways to give at www.dearbornanimals.org or with your local animal shelter and see how we all can help make life a bit easier.
Recycle things you find in your home. Or upcycle and fill up the water bowl for a new addition. I don’t know about you, but I’m all about ultimate recycling for unconditional love.
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.