Your presents are all wrapped and under the tree and you breathe a sigh of relief because you almost made it through another Christmas. There is even a present for the family pet – you don’t forget anyone! Think again. Somewhere close by there is a cat or dog in an animal shelter not having Christmas at home this year. Either missing a beloved owner who chose to surrender them or rescued from an abuser, these animals could use a little Christmas cheer.
Consider buying a package or two of tennis balls or furry mice on your next trip for your own pet supplies and dropping them off at your local shelter. Some shelters have donation boxes in pet stores and supermarkets to save you the trip. Play time is so important for every pet yet in these tough times just feeding the animals and keeping them healthy is a little beyond what a shelter can manage. Think about your own pet with its favorite toy. Shouldn’t a homeless pet have a favorite toy, too?
For those who can help on a broader scale, wish lists are often posted on an animal shelter’s website. If not, you can always call and ask what they may need. Food, beds, blankets, toys, collars and leashes, grooming supplies, towels – these are all items frequently needed and much appreciated. Are you able to foster a pet? Every animal that can be placed in a temporary home allows another to be rescued.
You can make a difference to a homeless pet at Christmas and beyond. There are ways to help even without money to donate or to buy supplies. If you have extra time volunteer to be a dog walker or to give some love to the shelter’s cats. It will brighten everyone’s day. This year, before you put your feet up and count your blessings go ahead and share some. ‘Tis the season…