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National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week: Nov. 1-7

As we enter this week, we celebrate animal shelters and rescues everywhere. These organizations are giving animals the chance to live and the opportunity to find their forever family.   The people that make these organizations successful have a passion for animals and a heart for turning these animals’ lives around.

shutterstock_172257827Some things you might consider doing in honor of this awareness week are:

Donate supplies: You can call your local shelters for more specific needs, but typically, they are always accepting blankets, water and food bowls, toys, grooming supplies, and pet beds.

Donate money: It is expensive to support these animals, so monetary donations are always appreciated.

Donate time: These organizations are always looking for volunteers to help out with the daily tasks of caring for all these animals.

Raise Awareness: Social media is huge in our society these days, consider committing a few posts and/or shares to helping some of the animals get adopted. Let’s get real for a minute…a number of shelters are “no kill” shelters, but the reality is not all of these shelters and rescues are and some animals don’t get adopted. Some breeds and senior pets have a harder time getting welcomed into a home and it is crucial that these issues are brought to the forefront. This will inform people of their options when they decide it is the right time to welcome another furry member into their family.

So when deciding how you will give back to your community, with either money or time, keep in mind your local shelters and rescues!

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