Monday, January 19, 2015


Research shows that owning a pet can help us live longer, feel healthier, and aid us in dealing with various stressors in modern life.  Because of pets, countless lives have improved.  Yet, each year thousands of pets end up in shelters across the country.  As an example, the Tehama County Animal Care Center had, this past year, 2,183 animals brought in.  It is a rather appalling number and reflects an average of five (5) animals per day, each and every day.

In 2009 “Change a Pet’s Life Day” was introduced in order to focus attention towards these homeless pets, and encourage their adoption.  However, you do not have to wait until next Saturday, January 24, to change a homeless pet’s life.  Almost any day is an opportunity to get involved with our local shelter or a rescue.  There is not a contribution of time, supplies, and/or money that is too small or unappreciated by those involved with the animals or by the pets themselves. 

If you are unable to open your home up to a pet, then consider volunteering.  I cannot emphasize enough about how extremely vital volunteers are to the animals at the shelter.  By spending time with the dogs and cats, you add a richness to their existence that many have never previously known.  Many of them are scared and confused.  Therefore, any time spent with the dogs and cats aids in calming them, and increases their chances of adoption immeasurably, as well.  If hands-on with the animals is something you prefer not to do, there are numerous other venues in which a person can get involved, all of which help tremendously.  If you are interested in volunteering at our local shelter, please give them a call at 530-527-3439. They would enjoy hearing from you.

If you do not know what kind of pet you want, or there are other constraints, then adoption may not be the commitment you want or need.  Fortunately, fostering is another option to consider.  The most common reasons animals require that extra-special home care are:
·         Babies without a mother require bottle-feedings. 
·         Under-aged pups and kittens are too young for adoption. 
·         Mothers who are nursing kittens or puppies require a quieter, nurturing environment. 
·         Animals recovering from an injury or illness may need limited activity or medications given. 
Fostering is a wonderfully rewarding experience.  Whether you only foster once or decide to do so again, you will know that you personally helped save lives.  Besides the benefits that both human and pet receive from a foster situation, removing the animal from the shelter makes room for another.  Therefore, every animal that is living in a foster home equates to two lives saved.

If you would like to “Change a Pet’s Life”, but do not wish to adopt, volunteer, or foster, then a donation can be just as effective.  Many times the shelter’s residents require medical care that the county budget simply cannot afford.  Extra funds provided for these special needs animals can go a long way in making a pronounced difference in their existence.  If you prefer not to make a monetary donation, then contributing an item or two also benefits them.  Items always welcomed are: canned wet paté-type food, dry puppy food, dry kitten milk and dry baby-Kat kitten food, towels, wash rags and blankets, Frontline for dogs and cats, grooming supplies, paper towels, bleach, and laundry detergent. 

However, if you truly wish to “Change a Pet’s Life”, then seriously consider adopting a homeless animal.  The Care Center has an amazing array of animals who would love to get a forever home.  I also just happen to know that on Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24, a two –day “Change a Pet’s Life” Adoption Event is occurring at The Tehama County Animal Care Center at 1830 Walnut Street, Red Bluff (530-527-3439).  If any dog or cat is adopted during this event, P.E.T.S. will pay the spay/neuter charge, so that their ADOPTION fees will be exceedingly low! 

You can “Change a Pet’s Life”, and it’s never too late to start.


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