In 1996 the HSUS declared the first week of November to be National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, a time to acknowledge the amazing things being done by animal welfare workers every day and to spread awareness about the important role they play in our communities. Though the name has changed (it’s now National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week), the message has not.
So, thank you to all the animal shelter and rescue workers who have been hard at work caring for the thousands of animals in need after Hurricane Sandy. And thank you to all of the people and organizations all over the world who have made it their mission to protect animals and provide them with the love and life they deserve. Your services do not go unnoticed.
Show some love to your local animal shelter or rescue group by trying one of these four easy ideas this week (or any week for that matter!):
Idea 1: Made with Love
Take this opportunity to show shelter and rescue staff how much you care by baking them a batch of cookies or bringing them a catered lunch one day. Your simple act of kindness will surely bring a smile to their faces and let them know they are appreciated.
Idea 2: Put it In Writing
Submit a letter of praise and thanks to the editor of your local paper. A published letter of thanks and praise will not only make shelter and rescue staff feel valued, it will also bring awareness to the homeless pet population in your community and the great work being done by your local shelter.
Idea 3: Embrace Social Media
Use the power of Facebook or Twitter to send positive messages and love to your favorite shelter or rescue. Post a message on on your profile and tag the shelter or rescue’s page for maximum impact. You could also create a YouTube video or photo montage to share your special message of gratitude with the world.
Idea 4: Give
Most shelters and rescues are short-staffed and need all of the help they can get. Donate your time, talents, or money to lighten the load and make workers feel like there are others in the fight for the animals with them.
These everyday heroes deserve as much kindness, love, and respect that we can give. Be sure to not only remember these special individuals during Shelter (and Rescue!) Appreciation Week, but also throughout the year.
Visit the HSUS for more information and to learn how you can help spread the word.
Click here to learn how you can help provide aid to the animals affected by Sandy.
Do you know a shelter or rescue organization, or individual, going above and beyond? Tell us about them in the comments!