The holidays are about family, friends, and embracing the holiday spirit. For some people that means different things. Whether that’s gift giving, charitable acts, or reconnecting with family and friends around us.
When thinking about the holidays, what comes to mind is warmth. Warmth is an interesting word. According to Dictionary.com it means “the quality, state, or sensation of being warm; moderate and comfortable heat.” However, it goes on to say, “enthusiasm, affection, or kindness.” The warmth I feel during the holidays comes from seeing my friends open their Christmas presents. The warmth I feel when I cozy up with my husband and brats, I mean furbabies, to watch my favorite Christmas movie A Muppet Christmas Carol. However, the warm feeling that means the most to me is seeing a how people come together around this time and do some amazing things for the people and the animals in our community. A kind act can spread like wildfire.
As an animal lover and keeping with the spirit of the season, consider some charitable options to honor your pet. A great idea is sponsoring a long term dog (or cat) at a local shelter or rescue. Offer to pay their adoption fee or donate much needed supplies. A great idea would be to start a donation drive at your church, school, or work. A few supplies here and there can go a long way. Most shelters and rescues have Amazon Wishlists available to make it easier for the donor. During this hectic shopping season, it helps when they ship straight the location.
Another great option for the online shoppers is AmazonSmile. According to their website, “Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.” Get what you need and contribute to a great cause in the process.
If you are unable to donate and have some time to spare, sign up to volunteer. Shelters and rescues always need dog walkers, puppy and kitty cuddlers, and crazy cat ladies/gentleman. If you are unable to volunteer, educate. Sometimes spreading the knowledge of which dog (or cat) is adoptable, how to help the rescue, and what rescues are out there can make a huge impact.
Whatever you do, know it means something. Trust me, anything helps.
Happy Holidays from Arfordable Dog Training!