The holiday season is upon us once again, and everyone is always encouraged to donate to needy causes and give to those who are less fortunate – and sometimes the ones who are most in need have four feet and a tail!
As you’re rushing around looking for the best deals on the “perfect gift” this year, consider purchasing something for a cat or a dog awaiting adoption at a local animal shelter or rescue organization. Try this: every time you buy something in a store (or online) put a donation in your cart. It could be anything: canned cat food, dog treats, cat litter, bags of dry food, toys, food and water bowls, or a gift card. (And if you’re not a hardcore shopper, why not send them a check?)
Every donation to a shelter or a rescue organization helps ease their financial burden and improves the lives of the animals in their care.
Of course, if you’re really looking for the “purrfect” gift – why not adopt a pet? Thousands of loving cats and dogs will spend the holidays in shelters, hoping for forever homes. Many of these animals were once someone’s pet and they’ve never forgotten what it was like to live a happy life with people who loved them.
Every cat or dog you adopt creates an opening for another animal at the shelter. Adult dogs and cats are often overlooked in favor of puppies and kittens, and are not always a first choice. (Sadly, too many of these “older” pets never get a second chance.) This is unfortunate because they have a lot of love to give and deserve to live out the rest of their days knowing that somebody cared about them. (I adopted two adult cats nobody wanted, and let me tell you, they are so happy to have a place to call home.)
So this year, give some thought to adopting a cat or dog – it’ll be the best gift ever to the animal you welcome into your life.
Visit https://www.petfinder.com to search for pets awaiting adoption in your local area. You can also find out how to sponsor a pet and learn other ways you can help homeless animals.
And who are these adorable cats at the top of this blog? They’re just a dozen of the more than 300,000 cats looking for loving homes. Read about them here:
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