by Kimberly Wade
By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will have come and gone, but the feeling of giving back is most definitely still in the air. With everything happening across the country and the world, it’s important to take the time to be thankful for what you have as well as to give back to those in need. For me, and for us at Nevada Humane Society, that of course includes our furry family (who am I kidding, our furry family comes first year round) and those animals still residing at NHS.
Personally, I can look back and see a handful of struggles over the year. I can reflect on challenges with work, family, friends, all the normal things that many of us go through. But I can also look beyond that. In fact, today I am grateful for owning my home, daily homemade meals (hubby is a chef—but don’t worry, I put in my share—I bake), my health, my husband and our family, my pets, a job I love, the ability to travel, the list goes on and on. No matter what hardship comes my way, no matter how emotionally challenging, I can always look back and know things will get better, that I ultimately have it pretty good.
The homeless pets at NHS? To be honest, they have it pretty good too. They are loved like family by each and every one of our staff and volunteers. They are provided with warm bedding, toys, treats, long walks (for the dogs) and plenty of enrichment (laser lights and catnip for the cats). But they too want what we all want for them… a home of their own. That’s why I’m personally asking that each and every one of you make a difference this holiday season and give back. It doesn’t have to be to animals (though it should) but at least to a cause that matters to you.
Whether you adopt a pet, or donate time or money, or spread the word about whatever passion you hold close to your heart, it’s all important. And we all need to bring that to the top of our priority list. After all, what is the gift that keeps on giving? It’s not one that requires shipping or refrigeration or one that will cause a fight among siblings. The gift that keeps on giving is ultimately a donation to help homeless pets (or your charity of choice) and if you’re looking for a way to give back this season, won’t you consider one of our cool opportunities?
- Sponsor a shelter pet! The cost to help a shelter pet during their stay is $250, which includes spay/neuter, vaccines, a microchip, basic bedding, toys, daily care, and infinite amounts of TLC.
- Celebrate a pet through our Lights of Love, where your donations light up the community. For only $20, you can light a light to honor or remember your pet. It makes a great gift too!
- Support a program, like our Angel Pet program, which helps shelter pets with chronic medical conditions be adopted by covering the cost of lifesaving medications for the adopter.
When you give you can be confident your donations are staying right here at NHS. We are a non-profit, a privately funded agency, not affiliated with other groups. Your giving helps us truly provide for homeless pets. On behalf of our team and the animals we serve, Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for making a difference.