With Black Friday right around the corner, we’re starting to think about the holidays and what kind of awesome gifts we’ll buy for our family, friends, and pets.
Because everyone is too busy bustling about, shopping for gift wrapping paper, buying Christmas trees and ornaments, and gathering wish lists, we have long forgotten the true meaning of Christmas: to give and share with the less fortunate – underprivileged families, sick children, and homeless animals.
Some homeless animals have yet to see their first Christmas, because they’re cooped up in shelters, away from Christmas trees, carolers, warm fireplaces, and Santa Claus. If you’re anything like me, adopting all the displaced animals in the world and giving them the loving home they deserve is one of the things you would do in a heartbeat if it were possible. Since it clearly is not feasible (exactly how many animals could fit in your house?) the next best thing to do is to help shelters or individual homeless pets as much as you can. There are so many different ways to give displaced pets a merry Christmas.
Shop n’ donate
Curb bad habits; start making good ones! You can make a habit out of donating something every time you shop for your pet. PetCo has a donation box and gift bags for homeless pets. PetSmart has a promotion called Just a Buck, Change Their Luck. If your pet store does not have a charity program, you can always throw something into your cart and bring it to your local shelter.
Contribute on behalf of an animal lover
For an animal-loving friend or relative, you can skip the option of buying them yet another book or tie, and instead make a donation to the animal shelter of their choice. If you prefer to add a more personal touch, you can sponsor an individual pet and give the recipient the animal’s photo with a short note of gratitude. Chances are they will appreciate the thought behind this gift.
Teach your pet to share
Does Fido really need another bone, or does Fluffy really need a new scratching post? You can forgo buying gifts for your pet, and use the money to donate to a local shelter or, even better, buy some necessities like pet food, kitty litter, water bowls, or critter houses and drop it off at your local shelter. Your generous pet will understand!
Host a charity party
Many shelters offer space for parties, so instead of throwing a Christmas party at your house, you can have everyone trek over to a shelter and play with animals while sipping eggnog and sporting Santa hats. All the guests can bring something small for the homeless animals – a bag of food, toys, or anything else they can think of. Maybe at the end of the night, one of your guests will end up adopting a pet!
You can help homeless pets any time of the year, but the holidays is a great time to get the ball rolling. I have only covered a few ways to invite displaced animals to celebrate the holidays with you, but there are so many more options. Just let your creative juices flow, or do a Google search. The possibilities are endless!
Every little act of kindness counts. It’s not Christmas until you make a homeless pet