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Donating to animals is a valuable gift

At Christmas we can’t leave our homes without being reminded of those in need. The bell ringers stand outside the grocery stores and the malls. We are inundated with mailings and commercials prompting us to donate to needy organizations including animal rescues.

It’s not just at Christmas

Although it is brought to the forefront during the holiday season, the need for donations is something that goes on all year long. In fact, most animal welfare associations survive strictly by donations.

Animals brought into shelters must receive the necessary shots and treatments before any thoughts of adoption can begin. As the cost of medical care is skyrocketing for everyone, it stands to reason the animals too would be affected. Veterinary expenses have increased to the point of a simple check-up costing as much as $200. Unfortunately, this trend can only continue. Under the Affordable Care Act, the 2.3 percent federal excise tax could even affect veterinary care as some equipment is used for both animals and humans.

A unique organization that’s not just a place to stay

STRMN or Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota provides an amazing adoption service that offers housing and medical care all year long for animals abandoned, homeless or rescued from puppy mills.

Volunteers at STRMN take these precious dogs into their homes and give them wonderful love and care before they begin the adoption process. STRMN carefully scrutinizes all their potential adoptive parents with thorough paperwork and references. Foster parents make phone calls on the references they receive and even pay a personal visit to the home to check out the potential adoptive parents and their surroundings. It is important to note that if the new home is deemed unsuitable, the adoption does not take place. To ensure the long term welfare of the Shih Tzu, the adoptive parents are asked to sign an agreement stating that if for any reason they cannot keep their new pet, they will return it to the Shih Tzu Rescue.

Never far away

STRMN is never far away from the animals it has fostered with such love. Each year in June, a member picnic is held and all dogs and their adoptive parents are welcome. The foster parents are thrilled to see their “children with fur” happy in their new homes. Free pictures and plenty of food are part of the program, and even the shyest dog has a wagging tag for its previous foster parent. It’s obvious the people that run the organization are more than just “doing a job”. They are reaching out with a love that goes beyond a single moment, a search for a new home or the finding of the perfect parent.

Donate your heart

When you reach out from your heart at this holiday season, remember that donating to a worthy cause is not just a one-time event. Your donations go on and on to help those precious animals that otherwise would [S1] be lost.

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