A old tried and true saying is that “Charity begins at home.” This is particularly true for dogs and cats in need at the holidays. I recently wrote a piece for the Huff Post about charity for pets at Christmas. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/red-room/empatti-lawsonem-how-to-h_b_4268648.html I had a lot of good suggestions, but the most important one is to give locally. For us here in Kanawha County, our main shelter is the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association. There have been lots of changes at the shelter this year and what people who love animals need to put first in their mind that it’s PUPS over PERSONALITIES! If we could all be more like dogs things would run better, but even though dogs are much wiser than we are, they have to depend on us to get them homes, make sure they aren’t abused, and in all things look out for their wellbeing.
This Saturday, December 14, 2013 is a great opportunity for you to adopt a new family member. From 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. all adoptions at the shelter will be 50% off. Of course it’s a a good deal, but consider adoption seriously. Your new dog will need vet care, food, and other expenses. If you can’t afford a dog, wait until you can. If you can provide for a dog and want to make one part of your family, by all means this is a good time to do so. I still believe giving a dog as a gift at Christmas is a BAD idea, but if you’ve been waiting for the right dog to become part of your family, this might be the right time. You will have to fill out an application and be screened by the shelter. When I adopted my dog Sadie, I had to answer a lot of questions and some seemed very strange as I had never had a dog of my own before. If you rent, you’ll need proof that a dog is permitted in your rental property.
The shelter is always in need of items for the animals and here is a partial list of things you can purchase while doing your holiday shopping and drop off at the shelter:
Food of any kind both dog and cat.
KONGS—all dog parents know what these are. They’re a great activity/treat for dogs and can be purchased at a local business…GREEN’S Feed and Seed. My dog Sadie takes one to daycare filled with frozen peanut butter or cheese.
Paper towels, disinfectant wipes, spray bottles, laundry detergent. Sounds mundane…but these items are needed and appreciated.
The shelter has a special need if anyone is feeling generous or if several people want to pool their resources. They need a dishwasher. The Kongs I mentioned before, are rubber and are reusable, but must be sanitized. Kongs can keep a shelter dog from being bored or anxious for hours and are also great for dental care. Anyone wanting to start a fund for a dishwasher should comment on this blog and we can get the ball rolling.
Remember, when you shop for your dogs this year, a good plan is to buy two…keep one…give one to the shelter for a dog who will so appreciate it. Visit their website for a more complete list of items they are always in need of and view the pets waiting to move into your heart.
Visit their website at: http://www.wvanimalshelter.com If you want to read a heartwarming story about a dog adoption, read my blog here on Pet City. WELCOME HOME ROXIE.