‘When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.’ A.D Williams
Today I would like to talk about something very important to me, something I put my heart into and try to fight with all my power. If you follow my blog – you might be used to different topics: light, happy posts with home-related inspirations however as we all know, life is not only about our passions and certainly not always…happy. Life can get cruel, unfair, life’s a bitch at times. So today, despite the fact that I usually avoid speaking about sad things – I want to share my thoughts on how we can all contribute to helping animals in the most difficult season for them. This kind of posts don’t come easy to me, in fact it took me a while to write it… but I hope it is one more, little step to make things better.
I’m sure some of you already support good causes. I consider myself very lucky to know people who care and invest their time to help others. Some of my friends volounteer in the hospice, support kids in Africa or WWF. There is still plenty of issues to take care of in this world so we need more and more of us to make some changes…
Something I feel very strongly about is fighting against animal cruelty and providing help for these little guys in need. It’s been inside me since I was a little girl, dreaming of opening a big shelter, with respect and love for all those living there.
Did you realize that 8 million animals enter shelters each year? Some of them were meant to be pretty ‘gifts’ but quickly became a problem for irresponsible people, some are often old and sick, some were born in the streets or found tied to the trees in forests… Thinking about this all makes me so angry I could…well, maybe it’s better that I don’t finish this sentence here.
What I want to highlight is, that providing food, beddings and love for all of these pets is still a big problem around the world (no exceptions). There is not enough space in the shelters, no money, not enough people to cover even half of their needs. And this is where our help matters.
Call me naive but I belive that each of us can contribute and make a difference, in fact there are already, positive results in the last few years. New laws agains cruelty, big brands increasing awareness, more people caring. It all proves that the little steps we take work! They really do! So let’s not stop!
If you feel you would like to help, but maybe you are not sure how, here are a few little things that will make a big change:
Keep in mind that just $1.00 helps provide 20 meals in shelters!
Donate – blankets and food, directly into the shelters or money to the animal charities – I’m sure all of us live within a reachable distance from a shelter. You can always pick up few sacks and cans of food at the supermarket and drop it on your way back home from work. Instead of throwing away old blankets or destoryed clothes – donate them, it will keep animals warmer during cold days.
Volounteer – One picture can safe a life – a nice picture of a pet means a better chance at adoption, if you have a camera you might help, by simply taking photos, of the animals in your local shelter. Ask what help is needed the most – walking pets, help to build houses, cleaning?
Purchase Christmas gifts for your family and friends with a good cause (for example rescue dog calendars) or ask everyone to donate to charities instead of giving presents. Here is an examples of a calendar to consider:
- Kalendarz charytatywny dla bezdomych zwierzkaów (POLAND) – with an option to choose which city / charity / shelter you wish to support.
And mostly…IF you are thinking of getting a pet – adopt don’t shop. There are so many little hearts waiting to get their home… The Holiday season gives us a bunch of opportunities to help, so please if you do love animals, share, contribute to help save them.
Photos: In the photos you can see our dog – Tosia, rescued from the streets at the age of 2, then being held in a cat’s section in a shelter, because there was not enough space for her with the dogs. It took long time to gain her trust and love, but it’s one of the most beautiful things we’ve experienced in our life ♥