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Times are "ruff" all over
April 17, 2009 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode
Well, if you really insist on getting me something…
I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I don’t really ‘need’ anything. I have everything I need… my beautiful fur babies, a roof over our heads, a job, food, the basic necessities. I actually look around my house and see so many things I don’t need. I feel very fortunate especially at a time when so many are losing their jobs, homes, and ability to provide for their families.
And, as Spring fever starts to set in, it often makes us even itchier to de-clutter and feng shui everything around us.
My point: Now is a good time to clean out the house, gather up the ‘stuff’ you truly don’t ‘need’ and donate it to your local animal shelter thrift shop or ‘human’ thrift shop.
Growing up, my friends and I were notorious for buying each other little gifts for any and every occasion. I still have many of these mementos and have tried to incorporate each into my home where I can see and appreciate them each day. Gifts are of no use to anyone stored in a box in the attic. I have also made a pact with my mom and friends to stop giving gifts unless it is something extremely practical and something we can use immediately.
I tell people that the best gift they can give is to make a donation in someone’s name to an animal shelter or rescue. There is no gift more appreciated by the organization and there can be no better feeling knowing you are helping a homeless animal.
While many people are struggling just to make ends meet, pets are suffering right along with them. More family pets are being abandoned or surrendered to shelters because owners can’t afford to feed or care for their pets any longer – let alone their families. Many food banks are ramping up their collections of pet food to help families in need. Check with your local food bank to donate pet food in addition to any other food donation you can make.
As always don’t ever feel awkward if you are financially strapped and can’t donate money or items (believe me I have found myself in this position more than once throughout my life) – many times donating your time to volunteer at a shelter, rescue, thrift shop or food bank is as valuable or more valuable than the contribution.
Right now, we can all use a hand. More importantly, now is the time to lend a hand. Both are important. Together they make the circle complete.
Mazey & Eli’s Pick - Worthwhile Cause of Month: A PLACE TO BARK (www.aplacetobark.com) is a no kill foster and adoption rescue founded by Bernie Berlin in 2001. She and her small team work with Animal Control Agencies, rescuing animals from high kill shelters and fostering them until they are healthy so they can be placed for adoption in Humane Societies throughout the country. A PLACE TO BARK covers all costs for the medical care of the animals through private donations and the proceeds of Bernie's art sales. Bernie’s life work and mission is to help end the needless killing of adoptable animals.