Many of us resolve during the month of January to improve ourselves, to set a goal, or to do something to help others. Why not make it your goal this year to find an animal rescue like DFW Rescue Me or Kelly’s Kritters and support them with $5-10 each month? I’d like to tell you a little bit about each.
|Ajax, available to adopt!|
DFW Rescue Me works to rehabilitate and place dogs and cats that are victims of sickening abuse through the Justice Fund. This fund was named after the lab-terrier puppy Justice who was doused with lighter fluid and lit on fire in April of 2012. (His torturers await trial.) In addition to the fund, they have recently created a program called Voices for Justice, which works with local elementary schools to provide educational programs for students about treating pets love, care and respect. They have given so many innocent victims a second chance at life, and in so doing, wonderfully and deeply enriched the lives of the humans who work with and support them. At the time of this writing, they have saved 873 dogs!
|Snowflake, the deer|
Kelly’s Kritters is a privately-run wildlife rescue based out of Plano. Kelly and her husband are licensed by Texas Parks and Wildlife to rescue and rehabilitate injured bobcats, beavers, armadillos and raccoons, squirrels, and opossums and other mammals including a small number of dogs and cats. Most recently, they have been working with a sweet whitetail deer fawn who had part of her right hoof amputated. They’ve seen her though extensive surgeries after she was caught in a hay baler on a farm in Grayson County, and are working to build up her strength until she can be sent to a permanent animal sanctuary. Snowflake has become a symbol of love and success, and her videos are a joy to watch.
If money isn’t an option for you, there are still so many ways you can help.
|Buddy, a kitty I rescued and rehomed.|
If you live in a pet-friendly apartment, you could volunteer to foster ferrets, kittens, rabbits, rats, reptiles, or other small animals. If you’ve a house with a yard, why not make friends with sweet doggies who are looking for forever families? With a little more space, you could also foster chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep, donkeys, and other livestock.
If you can’t keep an animal in your home, you can always volunteer to help small non-profits like DFW Rescue Me, Kelly’s Kritters, and breed-specific rescues at fundraiser events. If you have a digital camera, why not volunteer at you local shelter (kill and no-kill) to photograph animals for inclusion on the shelter’s website or in the local paper? I know many people who went on to become semi-professional photographers through this kind of charity work. If you’re artistic, create a work of art and sell it to benefit your local non-profit. If you are a gardener or you can cook, share your bounty with those in need (human and non-human.) If you’re a graphic artist or web designer, volunteer to spruce up a non-profit’s website. Sign petitions to stop testing on beagles and other animals. Write to your congressman to stop breed-specific legislation. Bring bird seed to the park and make some critters happy.
You see, there’s always something to be done, even if it’s just sharing a status or reposting a news article that comes your way. Because in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.
Spread the word, show love, and be happy!