Beginning the holiday season

Tomorrow is the busiest shopping day of the year. If you get a daily newspaper, it probably weighed 5 pounds due to the advertisements for everything merchants think we can't live without.
Tomorrow also amps up many shelters and rescues busy season. People are very loving and giving during the holidays. We see it over and over in the donations we receive during this time. Even people who have little, give what they can to the less fortunate.
There are many animals in shelters this season who are less fortunate. Some are a direct result of this economy we all seem to be struggling with.
Speaking for myself, there are several dogs I would bring home with me to live the rest of their lives as part of my family, but monetary concerns must always come first. I simply cannot afford another pet at this time. It is my hope I will be able to do so in the future, but not right now.
If you are looking for a pet, please don't shop at the pet stores. There are hundreds of animals in shelters in this area who are looking for a home for the holidays. They range from pocket pets, the HSSC has 7 gerbils, to the many different dogs and cats which are available.
Would you like an older dog or cat? One that is ready for a family with only minimum training involved? There are lots of those available.
Or maybe a couple of kittens? After all, they will need a playmate while you are at work. How about a couch potato dog, who simply wants to lay at your feet and gnaw on a bone? We have those, too!
So at the beginning of this holiday season, if you have room in your heart and home, please think about a new best friend. Don't let these guys spend another Christmas without their own family. They need you, now more than ever.
There are many shelters and rescues who have many dogs and cats available for adoption this holiday season. Please visit one in your area and if you don't find exactly what you are looking for, visit another one. Most are listed in the phone book, several links are located on the right hand side of my blog, and many have lists of area shelters and rescues you can visit.
Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season.


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