This is my dog Toby. We rescued him from our local animal shelter, The Animal Orphanage, three years ago.
When my husband and I visited the shelter looking for a dog, we didn’t see Toby at first. He was in the quarantine area, because he had kennel cough.
It wasn’t until our second visit that I saw him. There was a sign on his crate that said, “Black dogs tend to get adopted less. Please don’t overlook me.”
Well that just broke my heart.
He underwent tests to see if he would do well in a home with two cats and (eventually) kids. He passed.
The shelter called me on a Sunday and said I could pick him up right then if I wanted to.
My husband was in Maryland for the day, so I made a quick executive decision- YES!
I picked Toby up and brought him into his “furever home.”
As a thank you to the place that brought this lovable (although sometimes irritating) animal into our life, we often bring donations back to the shelter.
This week is “National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week.” The Humane Society is encouraging all pet lovers to support their local animal shelters in any way possible.
My local shelter has a website that lists items it is in need of…many are things you have around the house, like paper towels, dish detergent, and old towels or blankets. Check with your own shelter to see what it needs, and then get a donation together. Simple!
Another thing I like to do is ask my guests at Thanksgiving to bring an item for the shelter with them to dinner. It’s a wonderful way to give thanks.
How will YOU help celebrate National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week?