#savingshelterpets

Positive Reinforcement!

Today, while taking photos of the cats at the shelter, I got to hear two young women ask to see a specific cat by name that they had seen in the HSU website’s cat listings. It was Pepper, a rather large and friendly 3 1/2 year-old male Tabby I had photographed last weekend. After visiting with him for a while, they were excited to take him home!

For the record, this made me feel all warm and furry inside… It gives me hope that my photos are helping to make a difference finding forever homes for these wonderful cats.

You can see Pepper’s “before” and “after” shots below.

Before: Pepper's "intake" mugshot as originally pictured on his kennel card and on the HSU website

After: While it shows that Pepper wasn't amused by my picture taking efforts, he still ended up looking lots better than he did in his intake photo!

Depending On Community for Survival

Sometimes there are ways to help that may seem too simple or insignificant, but in reality they make a huge difference!

  • That newspaper you read every day and (hopefully) toss in your recycle bin is critical to someone’s comfort, yet you throw it away.
  • Those old, worn towels and blankets you either don’t know what to do with, or tear apart to make rags could instead be helping someone feel safe and protected.

It’s true. In almost every US town or city with a significant population, there are hundreds for whom something as simple and available to most as newspapers, old towels and blankets can equate to comfort, safety and protection. Who are they? They are the scared, confused and often abandoned, ill or injured animals in our not-for-profit community shelters.

Ultimately, they are there because of us. We didn’t spay or neuter and ended up with unwanted kittens or puppies. We got a pet for Christmas, not realizing the full scope of the responsibility we were taking on. We ended up being allergic. We are scared for the animal to be around our newborn baby. The landlord said it had to go. We didn’t realize the expense involved in owning a pet. The list goes on and on. Are you getting it?

Shelters need lots of newspaper to line the small dog kennels and small animal cages and to absorb any mishaps of nature that may occur. A blanket or towel given to a new arrival can give them something to hide in or under, something to curl up with and feel safe. Not to mention the amount of towels needed to keep the animals washed and groomed. And old towels can also be used to clean kennels.

So if you want to help, but can’t afford the time to volunteer or the money to donate, can’t you at least take a few minutes to drop off a few things you thought were trash? Most shelters, if not open when you arrive, would even be happy for you to leave your donation (protected from the weather) by the front door!

Finally, if you are ready to take on the responsibilities that come with owning a pet, the kindest and most wonderful thing you can do for your shelter and its animals is adopt one of the pets in their care. You would probably be amazed at the variety, the breeds, and the array of animal personalities you will find at a shelter!

Choose the Adoption Option!

Start making a difference today!

I welcome your comments!