(Main picture is CARLOS a 2 year old Rotti Mix looking for a new home at the Niagara Falls Humane Society) For more information on Carlos click HERE
The summer is out in full swing. I feel as if mother nature hasn’t missed a beat. The heat has been real lately. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to stay hydrated out there. I know this should go without saying, but it has to be said, because people in our community keep doing this – DON’T KEEP YOUR PETS IN THE CAR IN THIS HEAT (or ever).
If you see any poor animal locked in a vehicle, please call us so that we can rescue them. There was a video posted online last year of a famous athlete who locked himself in the car to see how hot it actually gets. He didn’t last long. It’s online if you are interested in searching it up. You wouldn’t leave your baby in there, so don’t leave your pets in there.
This week our featured animal is Angel, the cat. See photo above. Angel is a very kindhearted soul hoping that someone like you will see this and come scoop her up to her Forever Home. We have an abundance of cats and kitties at the moment. Our contact details are listed at the end of this article. Come take a peek and check out all of our cats, dogs, and other surprise furry animals – sometimes we have birds, rabbits, mice and rats, among other animals.
I wanted to pick a topic to inspire our readers. I am always choosy in trying to write about something inspiring and motivating because we are bombarded with such a great deal of negativity in the mainstream media. I really feel that we all need less graphic content thrown at us, and more positivity. Less death, division, war and politics, and more life, unity, peace and feel good stories that bring us together. We don’t need to be further desensitized by what we see on TV.
For example, take Bunny, our Lionhead bunny (see below). Who doesn’t like a cute animal picture? Lionheads have historically been bred for their fur – and what the fur industry has done to these cute animals is horrific. Thankfully, with a lot of passionate advocates, time and effort, the rabbit fur industry is on the decline. How could you look into the eyes of Bunny and wish him any harm.
Today – this week – now. Start something new. We all have those passions, those hobbies, those dreams and great ideas that we stopped pursuing. Go chase them! We can come up with hundreds of excuses why we can’t take the first step right now – it’s too hot out, it’s too cold out, I’m not motivated, Judge Judy is coming on soon, Dateline or Family Guy. Put the remote down after you turn the TV off – too much TV is mindless and not productive.We all know this, and yet we let ourselves get sucked into that pointless routine day in and day out. Spend 30 minutes each day starting something new. Build off that. 30 minutes is nothing in a day with 24 hours. There are no excuses.
We could all use stimulation. When we find something new and exciting to do, it gets those creative juices flowing. It makes life meaningful again. It ignites a passion in all of us – a passion that the world is currently in short supply of with all of this negativity on the news. I have not met one person who’s feeling the blues who would prefer to stay blue (well, maybe Muddy Waters, but he is the king of the Blues).
Everyone wants to be able to tell others about something cool they are doing. Like music? Learn an instrument. There are tons of instructional videos on YouTube – yes there is a purpose for YouTube other than lots of videos of people getting hurt. Can you write? Start a blog online, start typing the manuscript of the next great book, or come join our writing team! Have a kind and caring heart for people? Start helping out in your community at a shelter, soup kitchen or local charity. You get what I am trying to point out – go outside and start something new! Everyone likes to hear about you succeeding and doing something good.
This week someone abandoned their dog outside of the shelter in the gated pen area (pictured below). This breaks my heart! One of our readers needs to step up and find this poor guy a home. I can’t imagine what that feels like to be left completely alone, without anything, in the middle of the night, only to be found by strangers in a strange place. I’ve written about this in the past. This is so irresponsible. A lot of the times, people do this to avoid the surrendering fees – this is needed due to the medical protocols and administration expenses to process animals.
More often than not these animals are neglected basic medical care and this money helps go towards catching them up on immunizations and other medical care. If anyone knows who abandoned this puppy, please contact us and report them. Our contact information can be found at the end of this article.
Maybe today your own “something new” means dropping by the shelter and saying hi, taking a tour and seeing the animals, and volunteering your time. If there are any topics or events you would like to see featured in upcoming articles, please feel free to email the shelter and I will receive your request.
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Saturday – Sunday 11 am – 3:30 pm
|See an animal unattended in a vehicle? Report it! ACT FAST. SAVE A LIFE. If you spot an unattended pet in a vehicle that appears to be suffering from heat exhaustion, do not hesitate to:Call 310-SPCA (7722), 24/7 if in Ontario
Call your local SPCA or Humane Society
Call your local Police
No Excuses. No Hot Pets.
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