But then you come to your senses, because you know that puppies = chewed shoes, chewed furniture, chewed wires, inappropriate puddles on the carpet, middle-of-the-night trips out to the yard, etc. etc. etc. Let's face it - they make puppies that cute to take the sting out of what little pains in the butt they are.
But... today for Blog the Change for Animals, I wanted to let you know there's a way you can get a fix for your puppy addiction without the chewed shoes!
You can volunteer at a local animal shelter!
That's right - for the low, low price of nuthin'* you, too, can experience all the cuteness, all the cuddliness, and all the belly rubbing joy that a puppy brings - without the hassles!
Here are some examples of recent puppy cuteness at the shelter where I volunteer:
I was really tempted to bring this next little sweetie home. He was SO mellow. (Probably a ploy...) But I knew someone else would snap him up and he'd find a furever home with no problem. Sure enough, he was gone 2 days later.
Okay... I admit, there's still a lot of poop-scooping involved, but at least it's not on your carpet. And I also admit... sometimes you do still end up with a chewed shoe.
|Yes, even the shoe eater got adopted!|
If you don't have the time to volunteer on a regular basis, be aware that sometimes shelters have special events for fund-raisers, so maybe you can volunteer once a year at an event. Or if you don't have time for that either, monetary donations are always welcome. Of course, there are tons of worthy charities out there, but you can also donate stuff - even just a big bag of old towels and/or bedding will likely be greatly appreciated at your local shelter. You can also call and ask if they need old newspapers or newspaper bags. (Our shelter collects these to send home with foster pups.)
* Since it's tax day here in the US, I thought I'd add that not only does it cost you nuthin', but you also get a tax deduction for the mileage driving round trip to the shelter. Just a wee added bonus, that I thought I'd mention as a nod to April 15!
Remember there are fun and easy ways to help pets in need!
ALSO... Don't forget - the next Give Cancer the Paw hop is coming on May 6th. Hope you'll join Pooch Smooches and Peggy's Pet Place for the hop! (Grab the bag on the right sidebar!)
Thanks to Team BtC4A (Be the Change for Animals) for hosting the hop!