During the holidays, we try to help the less fortunate people in our communities, but what about the less fortunate animals? We can't forget the poor dogs and cats living in shelters! Many of them have been abused or abandoned and need our love and care.
Here's what you can do to make it a happy holiday season for an animal this year:
- Adopt an animal from a shelter. If your parents are looking to add a new pet to your household, instead of going to the pet store or a breeder, visit your local animal shelter and take home an animal who needs your love more than anyone.
- Volunteer at your local shelter. OK, getting a new pet is a huge commitment, so if you can't actually bring a dog or cat home to live with you, you may be able to visit the animals in the shelter. Your local shelter may need a dog walker, or someone to play with the kittens and give them the extra love and attention they need. Find out if your community has an animal shelter and ask your parents to take you there for a visit. There may be lots of ways you can help out there!
- Make a donation to your local shelter. Operation Santa Paws is just one example of an organization that sponsors a canine/feline toy drive to benefit less-fortunate pets this season. (Click here for their Wish List.) But you can help wherever you live. Purchase a new dog/cat toy or treat, and drop it off at your local animal shelter. The simplest toys can make the animals much more comfortable. Cats enjoy rolling toys, such as small plastic balls or other "batting" toys that can be hung from cage doors, while dogs prefer heavy-duty rubber chew toys.
I love reading your Comments to our past Kid Power blog posts because I know you guys are making a difference. Please leave a Comment and tell us how you can help make it a happy holiday for the animals in your community!