Every new year each of us makes a resolution to do something important or meaningful. Many of us feel that this resolution has to be a grand gesture in order to be considered worthwhile. But, the truth is that many small and simple resolutions can actually change the world…and each of us along the way.,
Ask anyone in the animal welfare field and they will tell us that the options for animal lovers are endless. For many, every day is a struggle to care for animals and save lives and even the smallest of actions can make a difference.
Instead of feeling guilty for not being able to donate a large amount of money, which most of us do not have to give, how about saving gently used items such as sweaters, blankets, kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies, office supplies, pet supplies and even some yard supplies and dropping them off at the local shelter or rescue throughout the next year. How about donating our used cars, boats and even washers and dryers instead of trading them in, or throwing them out. How about starting a simple pet food collection or plastic and can recycling program at work or home and taking the items to the local shelter or rescue every so often over the year. When buying supplies for our own pets, how about picking up a few extra toys or treats and dropping them off for the animals sitting alone in cages.
Instead of sitting home watching television, choose one day or night throughout the year and go to the local shelter to give the animals some attention and affection. Or, how about offering to spend a few hours during the year volunteering for a local shelter doing one of the many things that will help them. Some tasks can even be done at home! How about carrying business cards for the local shelter or rescue and handing them out to people who may be looking for a pet, or opportunities to help in their own way.
Instead of posting notes about every little detail of our lives, how about taking some time each day to use our social media programs to share animals in need and spread the word about local shelters and rescues. How about actually taking action to help that dog or cat in the neighborhood that obviously needs help in some way, or taking the time to stop and help the homeless and their pets instead of ignoring them.
No matter what we choose to do in the next year, grand or small, it will help in some way and ultimately make us better people, and yes, even change the world. And at the end there will be no better way to judge if a resolution was successful than that.
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