By: Stacie Beasley, FUNanimal Pet Services
Tis the season for giving! While we may get our pets a new treat or toy during the holidays, let’s not forget about the less fortunate animals that would be pets, if they had a home. By donating or volunteering your time, you help bring some comfort to an animal in need and you get to experience that “feel good” feeling!
Some easy ways to give back and feel good about yourself:
· Donate food, blankets, beds, new or old toys to an animal rescue organization
· Donate money to an animal cause, charity or sponsor an animal (in someone’s name to make a nice holiday gift for someone that cares about animals.) Check with your employer to see if they will match your contribution.
· Volunteer! Of course less people are willing to work on Christmas, but the animals still need to be taken care of and given attention. Spend an hour or two at a local animal shelter or rescue.
· Have a social well-behaved pet? Cheer up a lonely person at a nursing home, hospital or the like by sharing your pet with them for a little while over the holidays. Visit PetsOnWheels.org for more information on how!
· Create a shelter for feral cats to help them stay warm in the winter months. See the picture at the bottom of this page or do a web search for “how to build a shelter for feral cats” for many more ideas.
Holiday Hazards for Pets
To add on to last month’s Thanksgiving dangers, there are many things to be aware of to protect your pets through the holiday season. Some of them include:
· Tinsel – attractive to pets, but if ingested, it may cause serious internal damage
· Bulbs and bulb hooks – avoid placing bulbs on the bottom branches of your tree
· Candles in pets reach – remember that’s everywhere if you have a cat!
· Wires – a puppy favorite!
· Christmas tree water – cover it with the tree skirt
· Getting a pet for someone as a gift – instead, make up a gift certificate to help them pick out a new pet after the hectic holiday season