Today, I’m going to focus on something that is very important to me at a personal level. Animals. Today, October 4th, is World Animal Day. This is partly because it’s the fest day of St. Frances of Assisi the patron saint of animals.
I’ve always been an animal lover. Growing up we had either a dog or a cat or both. Right now I have 2 dogs and 2 cats. My younger dog, Roland, is a very special guy. He was an orphan and had to be bottle fed. I’ve had him since he was one week old and he’s just as close to me as if he’d been a human child.
In more recent years, I have been active with animal rescues. I believe strongly in the no-kill shelter movement and spay/neuter campaigns. Next week, in fact, Roland and I will be participating in a local 5k/2mile fun run & walk to raise money build a local spay/neuter clinic. I can’t wait. Not so sure if Roland will be able to make 2 miles of walking but we’re going to try.
So today, if you don’t already, is the perfect day to help an animal in need. If you can, volunteer at a shelter walking a dog or play with the kittens. Donate old newspapers, bed linens, towels, or food to a shelter. Believe me, anything you can do will help and be appreciated. If you have a special skill or interest, see if you can be of use to a shelter or rescue. And if you have room, become a foster. This is one of the most important links in creating no-kill shelters.
Here are some other suggestions from the WAD website on things to do: http://www.worldanimalday.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/IFEEL-WAD-CHALLENGE-e1411387347504.jpg