Animal shelters have been on my mind a lot lately. Well, they are on my mind all of the time. I wish there were more no-kill shelters out there. I love cats and dogs and there should be a better solution to the unwanted pets out there. No-kill shelters work and more people should demand that their shelters embrace the no-kill movement. Spaying and neutering also help. A LOT!
Living here in NW Arkansas for a year now, it just kills me to see the numerous Craigslist ads for unwanted pets. Whether its because they are backyard breeders or just got sick of their cat or dog, or lost a job, or its a dog or cat that they found... it is simply depressing. I want to do something to help. In my current financial state, that help amounts to donating a small amount of money, donating my bead work to rescue groups to give away in their silent auctions, spreading the word, encouraging others to spay and neuter, etc. I used to volunteer and take care of the cats for a local shelter in Greensboro, NC. It wore on me, it got depressing. I ended up adopting a few cats because I got attached. I later found those cats other homes and will do it for more animals in the future.
Right now I can't decide if it would be better to foster some dogs or adopt one. I am sure we would get attached to any that we foster, but I don't want to have to say goodbye. I know its a good thing, but it is also a lot of stress. Depending on the dog and how well it does with us, it could be adopted quickly or could be with us for a while. Or, this weekend our local shelter is having an adoption event in which they are waiving the adoption fee and hope to get every single dog adopted. We are planning to go and see the dogs and maybe bring one home. It all depends on whether or not we find one that fits us with our dogs and cats and lifestyle. I would love to adopt an older dog, but Charlie still plays and runs around like a puppy and Apple is slowing down, spending more time sleeping. We would like to find a companion for Charlie and just another fur baby for us. We will just have to see.
But this brings me to another point, a different shelter about 2 hours south of here has announced that they are going from a no-kill shelter to kill shelter because they have too many dogs and no one is adopting them. Especially the older dogs. Everyone wants the small ones. Everyone wants the puppies. What about the big dogs? What about the older ones?
When I win the lottery I want to open a no-kill shelter for older dogs and cats. The 10 years and older crowd. The grandmas and grandpas of the dog and cat world. They need help. They need compassion. They need people with open arms and warm homes to bring them in from the cold. If you don't have a pet, its easy to adopt one of these seniors and merge them into your home and life. They are normally already potty trained, used to living a life in a house, they know the basic commands and more. All they are asking for a is a warm, comfortable place to call home. Someone to love on them and let them love in return. A good meal and your companionship. It's simple. It's easy. It's a win, win for goodness sake! I just don't understand why it isn't happening.
So, until I win the lottery, I will have to rely on my little donations, spreading the word, and perhaps adding another furry companion to my home. Coming up in October, my Artfire Guild - Crafting for Animals, will be holding a promotion for the Close To Home Animal Rescue group. We are doing this to highlight October as Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. We will be promoting on FB, Twitter, in our blogs and on the guild blog. The last week of October we will accept a special coupon (posted in my Anything Goes Friday 9-2-2011 blog post) in which we, the shop owners, agree to donate 10% of the purchase price of anything in our shops to the rescue group. I hope this raises a decent amount of money for the organization. Here is a little more about Close To Home Animal Rescue;
The Close To Home Animal Rescue group is an all-volunteer, all foster network throughout Ohio and a little bit of Pennsylvania. They rescue cats and dogs equally and try to focus on those that are hard to adopt out. They take high-priority (aka ready to be euthanized) pound animals. They work the pounds daily to try to save as many animals as possible. They have a new program, a senior to senior program that connects senior pets with senior citizens at a discounted rate. Please go to their website for more information or to donate to them directly. Thank you.