They’ve solved problems for me. They’ve helped me help others. And they’ve brought me joy beyond measure.
Who am I talking about?
Animal shelter staff and volunteers.
It’s National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week
It’s obvious that shelters and rescues help animals. They keep them off the streets, find them good homes, provide medical care. But when I realized it was National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, I was amazed to find how many ways I have personally benefitted from the work of my local shelters and rescues.
Here’s the short list:
- We adopted Agatha and Christie from the Philadelphia SPCA.
- The Philadelphia SPCA helped us set up a trap and release program for cats in our neighborhood.
- The animal control officer at our local shelter stopped a neighbor from letting her dog run off-leash and attacking my dogs.
- When I found a lost mini pinscher puppy, the SPCA helped me return him to his home.
- Shadow came to us from the Tompkins County SPCA.
- The supervised play group at the SPCA helped us decrease Shadow’s reactivity to other dogs.
- We completed basic training classes with Shadow (at a discount) at the SPCA.
- A volunteer with the local Golden Retriever rescue vetted me and recommended Honey’s breeder.
- Honey enjoyed the puppy playgroup at the SPCA and got great socialization.
- The SPCA taught the beginning K9 Nose Work classes we took with Honey.
- I’ve had great experiences fostering dogs for the SPCA.
Wow! Who would have thought animal shelters and rescues would do so many great things for people?
Saying Thank You
I’m heading up to the SPCA in a little while. I baked some goodies for the staff and volunteers and will drop them off with some desperately needed cat food, other supplies, and a donation check.
I’m very thankful to people who work for very little money to do challenging work to help animals, both the human ones and the other kinds.
Your Video Sunshine
Here’s a cute video made to celebrate the week last year. I especially like how realistically it shows the range of personalities you’ll find in many shelters.
But we need to see more bunnies, rats, guinea pigs…
Have you done anything special to say thanks? And, if you work or volunteer in a shelter or rescue, how would you most like to be thanked?