Today marks another day to blog the change for animals. This is a day for animal bloggers to share our thoughts and our blog space regarding helping animals. I thought a long time about this post. How can I, with my relatively small number of followers (blog, Twitter, Facebook), make a significant change for animals? How can I, with my economically affected, somewhat limited income help animals? How can I, with my own animals, my family, and a small business, find the time to positively influence how animals live?
I came to an epiphany this morning -- none of that matters. What does matter is my willingness to try, my ability to help even one animal, my perseverance and hope in the indomitable human spirit and our capacity to love and care for others.
So, my blog the change for animals message is simple and concise -- take that first step. It doesn't matter if it's a small step, a baby step, or a giant step -- just take it. Adopt an animal from a shelter or rescue, secure your animals in your vehicle when transporting them and tell your friend to do the same, take a training class, donate a training class for another family adopting a dog, be a dog walker or a lap for kitties for animals without families yet, donate food, litter, toys, blankets, beds -- whatever is needed, donate to the "Never Shock a Puppy" initiative to help buy safe, humane collars for dogs, transport an animal in its journey to a forever home, donate to the breed rescue of your choice, volunteer to write a newsletter article, edit a newsletter, stuff envelopes, or donate a prize for a fundraiser, spend time with children teaching them about safety around animals, kindness to animals, and exemplify being the change not only for animals, but also for children too! There are infinite ways to be the change -- one is going to work for you, right where you are in your life at this particular moment in time. So take that first step and start being the change for animals.
A couple weeks ago we received a call that changed our lives. A local rescue called to tell us about a pregnant beagle that was found wandering in a parking lot. We have not fostered dogs in the past for a variety of reasons, so the call was not about us fostering her, but about helping them to find a foster home for her and her yet-to-be-born puppies. It was a call to step out of our comfort zone. No one knew it at the time, but it was. It became very clear, very quickly that it was our call to get out of the boat and to do what is good, right, and necessary and be the foster family for this mama beagle and her puppies. Lucy (formerly known as "Daisy") has been with us a week and will forever be with us in our hearts. We know she will be adopted to a loving family once her puppies are weaned and we are excited at the prospect of giving them this wonderful, loving dog. We are impatiently awaiting the arrival of her puppies so we can love them, work with them, and prepare them for lives with their forever families. We are honored and humbled by all this means not only to us, but especially to the mama and her puppies. We took that first step -- will you take it with us by finding what you are meant to do to be the change for animals?