Recognized as a holiday since 1992, International Homeless Pets Day calls attention to all the animals that are homeless. There are so many that its tempting to just sigh and give up. However, it's like that old saying... if you're not a part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
What can you do? Here are just a few ideas:
- Adopt a homeless pet
- Visit your local shelter or rescue and volunteer to walk or play (socialize) the animals
- Find out what your local shelter or rescue needs and supply (some of) it. It could be as simple as they need some old towels and blankets and you have that box of them waiting for a tag sale
- Next time you're at the grocery store, pick up some extra puppy or kitten food and drop it off at the animal shelter
- If you Tweet, tweet about a homeless pet to help it find a home (easy to find those pets via Petfinder)
- Do you blog? Blog about the situation.
- Spay or neuter your own pets and encourage others to do the same
Here at our house Mama has been trying to talk Daddy into one more dog. He says his limit is 2. Well, we already have 3, so what's another woofer? Of the 3 of us canines, only Lucy wasn't homeless before she joined our family. Skeeter, our cat sister, walked the streets before she came here. We know what homelessness is like and it's not a good thing at all.
If I worry about the whole problem, I feel depressed and powerless. My goal is to do whatever little bit I can do every day. If you and I both do that, a group of us can end a lot of suffering.
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