Animals

Pet parading

Let’s take a break from the workout updates, crafting, and random bathroom mirror selfies to talk about something near and dear to my heart: animal welfare. On my “About Me” page, I mention that I work at an animal shelter. The job is amazing, and it has only increased my love of animals and my awareness of the issues and struggles our shelter dogs and cats face on a daily basis.

Did you know that it costs a lot of money to get a dog or cat onto the adoption floor? They need vet checkups, vaccines, and multiple tests run to make sure they are healthy and don’t require further treatment. They have to be spayed or neutered. They have to be fed and cared for every single day from the time they come to the shelter until the time they are adopted. All of this costs, on average, about $300. That’s for an animal that comes to the shelter healthy. For our guys who need additional treatment, who are sick, or who need surgical procedures, this number goes much, much higher.

For instance, Roxy here had to have one of her legs amputated because she had a previous injury that had incorrectly healed and was causing her a lot of pain.

roxy one leg

That’s an expensive surgery, and the recovery time is extensive, but it has improved her quality of life tremendously. Now she plays like the big puppy she is and lives a pain-free life. How amazing is it that a shelter was able to provide this for her?

The Atlanta Humane Society is one area shelter that, between two campuses, adopted out nearly 10.000 animals in 2012. At an average of $300 dollars an animal, that’s almost 3 million dollars helping animals get ready to find their forever homes.

How do they fund that kind of care? Through awesome donors and super fun events that raise money.

They hosted their annual Pet Parade this morning and host all kinds of events to raise money and spread awareness throughout the year. Please check their website if you’re interested in helping out or getting involved.

Animals like this:

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brindle pupbrinndog

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All of these cuties are available for adoption as of April 10th. If one of them catches your eye, please check the website to see if they are still available, then come down to meet them!

If you don’t live in the A, but want to help out your local shelter, ask them what kind of donations they take. Old towels, paper towel and toilet paper tubes, old pill bottles, and newspaper are just a few things many shelters need that most people have laying around their house or throw away every day. All of these are used on a daily basis where I work to help keep the animals warm, healthy, and happy while they’re waiting for their turn to find their new family.

Or volunteer! Where I work, our volunteers help make sure that every animal can get one-on-one attention on a daily basis. How cool is that? We have volunteers that only come in a few hours a month, and we have some that are there as much or more as the full-time staff.

I’m a firm believer that every time we pour out love on our furry friends, we get more love back into our own lives. Yeah, I sound like a total hippie philosopher right now, but I’m really just saying that good begets more good. And our shelter animals everywhere need our help and love.

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Animals

Why I love my job

My job rocks. If I was working almost anywhere else, I would probably be trying to find something that pays a little better, but even my really crappy days at this job are better than most of my average days at my other jobs.

I’ve always wanted to work in the nonprofit sector, and I have been an animal lover my whole life, so working at a humane shelter that doesn’t euthanize for time or space (i.e. an animal on the adoption floor stays until it gets adopted) was a perfect fit for me.

Is it my ultimate forever dream job? Probably not. Is it one of the best jobs I’ve ever had? You bet.

So this morning, since it’s a rainy day here in Georgia, I wanted to give you guys a little photo gallery of why my job is awesome sauce.

Hopefully, these will warm your heart a little!

Also, all these animals have been adopted and found loving forever homes. It’s thanks to people like this:

These two cuties did a lemonade stand to raise money for us!

And remember:

I love my shelter pets!

And finally, meet my shelter pets…

Roxy Rose. She responds to “Ruh-Roh” if that gives you any idea or her personality.
Callie, the calico leader of the world.

Edit: Sorry for the Callie repeat in the gallery…something funky was going on with my photo uploader.