Jack Russell Nipping at Your Nose: How You Can Help Our Four Legged Friends This Holiday Season

Anthony McMahon

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The holidays are a time for giving. While most of us are donating money to great charities such as the Salvation Army or donating our time to soup kitchens and food drives. There’s another way to give back—even though most people might not think of it as an act of charity. But consider this:

By adopting a cat or dog, you’re saving a life. Most cats and dogs end up in shelters because they were abused, strayed or abandoned by their previous owner. And although they are safe in the shelter, it’s really no home for them; especially since Hurricane Sandy. Overcrowding in animal shelters is at an all time high with a vast amount of animals still displaced and still in need of a forever home over a year later. While animals in most shelters will not get kicked out, many are now forced to share cages and receive a lack of attention due to overcrowding. But saving an animal’s life seems to work ways, “I’ve adopted all four of my cats, and every day I ask myself, who rescued who?” said NYIT student Joe Lao. So if you go about rescuing a dog or cat this holiday season, think of it as a gift to the animal and yourself.

To see available animals up for adoption or volunteering at a shelter visit the North Shore Animal League and Little Shelter websites.

Or visit the North Shore Animal League at 25 Davis Avenue, Port Washington, NY or Little Shelter at 33 Warner Road, Huntington, NY

For available animals at other shelters near you, check out Pet finder.

Can’t handle a cat or dog full time and already have too many of your own? Don’t worry; you can still help this holiday season by volunteering at a shelter near you! Most animal shelters are always looking for volunteers to feed, wash, clean cages, and just play/exercise the animals at times that would completely work around your schedule! It is truly a great way to brighten up your life as well as the lives of the sheltered animals by making their wait for a loving owner more enjoyable.

To volunteer at another shelter near you, simply walk in or give them a call. They would be more than happy to hear from you!
Too busy to volunteer at shelters? Good news! You can still help out by donating to local shelters. You can of course donate money, but if you’re looking to make your donation more personal this holiday season, you can just drop off food and dog or cat toys/supplies to your local animal shelter. However if you choose to donate food and supplies, you might want to consider donating adult dog/cat food and toys for large dogs as they are mostly the animals that get forgotten about when donations are made.

To donate money please visit here.

Please keep in mind however that donations and volunteers are needed in animal shelters as well as all other charities throughout the entire year and not just during the holiday season!

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