It is that time of year again, time to celebrate and thank the staff and volunteers at more than 3,500 animal shelters throughout the United States.
The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) launched the first National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week the first week of November in 1996. The basis of this week long celebration is to focus on the amazing work done by these facilities to save the lives of thousands of animals every day.
Is your cat a rescue cat?
Did you adopt your cat from an animal care facility or city or county shelter? If you did, why not take some time this week to express your thanks for the wonderful care that brought that cat into your life?
Animal shelters take in relinquished, abandoned and injured cats. The staff and volunteers tend to the cats’ physical, emotional and psychological well-being, caring for them until they are adopted.
Caring for large numbers of cats requires a lot of people, a lot of time and a lot of money. Many cat caregivers say that matching a cat to the purrfect family and home is reward enough, but why not consider letting them know how much you appreciate all that they do to save the lives of orphaned cats?
How can you say thank you?
There are many ways to say thank you to these organizations and their staff and volunteers. Here are just a few suggestions:
Make a donation – money, supplies or gifts in kind are always appreciated. Most organizations have Wish Lists on their websites, or other social media sites to give you an idea of what they need most.
Volunteer – giving some of your time to help care for the cats helps the facility and more importantly the cats. Volunteer opportunities abound – again check the websites or stop by and ask how you can contribute your time.
Encourage family and friends to look to your local animal care facility when they want to adopt a cat or kitten.
Take the time to get to know your local animal care facility, how it operates and what their challenges are to see how you can help.
Give not only to the cats, give to the staff and volunteers. A thank you gift for the cat caregivers to share is a thoughtful and welcome show of support.
San Diego shelters
Here is a partial list of local animal care facilities that you may want to support this week and throughout the year:
San Diego County Animal Shelter with locations in San Diego, Carlsbad and Bonita
San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, with locations in San Diego, Oceanside and El Cajon