There was a rustle outside and then a chorus of “Jingle Bells”! Raja and I scampered to the front door to see what was up. These faux furry animals, featured here, were lined up outside singing at the top of their hoarse little voices and collecting donations for the Animal Shelter. Pretty wonderful, huh?
Here’s what all shelters need all the time:
- Food: any, but no recalls
- Treats: any, but no recalls
- Nonprescription Multi Vitamins: but check the dates
- Blankets and Towels: clean, but old are OK
- Toys: somewhat pre-owned, but still sturdy are OK
- Sweaters and Coats: clean second hand are fine
- Money: any amount
And remember, you don’t need to be sung at to give to the shelter. Just take your surplus to the shelter any day of the week.
You know, we pet writers always say that the Holidays are not a good time to get a pet because the excitement and random mess of celebrations could be dangerous. New pet might nibble unsupervised or run out of a door left ajar or even get stepped on in the shuffle. And all that is true. But right now, Raja and I are thinking that, if the spirit really moves you, an opportunity for a pet to be a Holiday present could work out OK. Just
be responsible and take the new family member most seriously. We think that in shelters near you, each pet is longing for a home of his own. But,
of course, no pet wants to ever return to the shelter. So if you get a Holiday Pet, plan to keep the Holiday going for many, many years.
Raja and I are spending Christmas on the East Coast. We wish all our readers Peace and Happiness in 2013 and Happy Travels Always!