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On Martin Luther King Day, President-elect Barack Obama has asked Americans to devote this day, Monday, Jan. 19, to volunteer service.
I can respect this call for service for a lot of reasons; in my own world primarily because our Pug Rescue organization is a movement built on the selfless acts of compassionate caring volunteers working together as a united team for one common cause. And we are making a difference.
In the past two weeks alone we have:
• Helped save 4 pugs from being gassed in a kill shelter down south
• Rescued 4 puppies on death's door from a backyard breeder
• Placed 4 of the 8 Puppy Mill Rescues in safe loving forever homes
And this is only the start of the new year.
I am so proud to be part of an organization that serves as a voice for animals that don't have one, a safe haven for the forgotten, terrified, and wounded, and a second chance at a new life.
How will you serve?
It may not be breed rescue that is right for you, but find something close to your heart and consider donating your time, even one hour a week, to volunteer for something you believe in. The rewards are truly life changing for all involved.
Here are a couple ideas of how you can make a difference:
Stop by your local animal shelter with old blankets and toys.
Take your kids and their friends to the local Audubon center, animal sanctuary, or nature conservancy center to educate them about animals and the natural world.
Visit the elderly in nursing homes - ask the staff which residents receive no visitors and spend a little time with them. Most nursing homes will allow dogs to visit as well. I used to bring Pugsley and the visitors loved just sitting there and petting him. The dog provides a great buffer and conversation piece as well.
Write or email state and federal legislature to lobby against animal cruelty: http://www.hsus.org/legislation_laws/action_alerts
Do something to get involved. You'll be glad you did.