By i Love Dogs’ new guest blogger Stephanie Krol
As a quick introduction…I’m Stephanie Krol and I’ll be blogging here a few times a month on animal welfare items. I volunteer with numerous animal welfare causes across the country. I spend part of every day devoted to improving the life of animals in need. This act of volunteerism gives me the energy to go about my day.
That said, did you know that August 21 is National Homeless Animal Awareness Day? This day of remembrance is set aside the third Saturday in August to put a spotlight on the pet overpopulation problem happening across the world, with many perfectly adoptable pets dying in shelters simply because there are not enough homes. Hopefully in a few years us humans will get it together, and all pet owners will be responsible and we won’t have a need for animal shelters–can you imagine?
Currently, Petfinder.com (a fantastic website showcasing adoptable animals throughout North America, where you can search by a pet’s breed and age too) is now the virtual home of 348,155 adoptable pets from 13,477 adoption groups. The site also links to other animal welfare groups throughout the world including Costa Rica and the Bahamas.
If you can’t adopt a dog or cat from your favorite local animal rescue or shelter, there are plenty of other things you can do.
Say THANK YOU to your local shelter employees. Bake cookies, bring in lunch or give a donation. I can guarantee a simple smile and a thank you would mean the world to these employees who day in and day out work on the frontlines to protect animals in need. Never underestimate what the two words of “thank you” and a smile can do.
Volunteer. I hear this a lot, “It’s too hard for me to work with the shelter animals. I can’t do it or I’ll take them all home.” Well, your voice is also an important gift you can give these animals in need. If you can’t work on teaching pets good manners or socialization there are plenty of other things you can do. Join a committee, plan an event or throw a party in your shelter or rescue’s honor to collect donations. I always love it when kids forgo birthday presents at their parties and instead collect gifts for the shelter animals. What a great gift!
Spread the word. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper on the importance of animal welfare in your town and the importance of spay/neutering, or how shelter pets make the perfect companions. Or if you are social media savvy update your Twitter and Facebook status to promote your favorite animal welfare cause.
Take a moment to reflect. Take time out of your busy day and reflect on the issue of pet overpopulation. On August 21, many animal welfare groups across the country hold candlelight vigils to remember those animals for whom there were not enough homes. Take a moment to reflect on these animals that lost their lives because there are simply not enough homes. Be sure to take a moment and spoil your pet and celebrate life. Here is a photo of my pound puppy, Simon celebrating four years of adoption this month.
How will you observe this day?
Stephanie Krol can be best described as a mixed breed of a publicist and newshound in the pet industry. As a proud “pet parent” of three rescues, Stephanie spreads the word of animal welfare every chance she gets. She is the board president of the Humane Society of Elkhart County and serves as a spokeswoman for the animal shelter. For more information, please contact Stephanie at email@example.com or www.skprmedia.com.
PHOTO: Courtesy of Stephanie Krol