12 Days of Service

My kids have been asking for a puppy, or any pet for that matter, for the last year. We lost our beloved Kodiak just days before my girls’ second birthday. He passed away suddenly at age 16. He was my first “baby” and my constant companion for 13 years. I was deeply saddened when he passed and now three years later, I am ready to think about bringing a new pup into our lives.

Our Beloved Kodiak

But, I am still worried my kids aren’t exactly ready yet. So, to satisfy their love of animals and to help them mature in their understanding of the responsibilities for caring for a pet, we began volunteering at the SPCA. This is our first official volunteer work outside of the house. This summer we made a cat bed from a recycled tire. The girls LOVED it and they were rewarded with spending time with the kittens.

I asked what else we could do to help and the youth director suggested we look at the wish list on the website. The list includes things from office supplies to dog and cat food to medical supply needs. You might be wondering why the SPCA would be asking for so much. Well, it turns out the SPCA is not funded through any grant, or government agency. Each animal shelter has to raise their own funds to care for the animals and keep their building operating. The SPCA in your town most likely provides inexpensive shots clinics, animal adoption clinics and even advocacy for animal abuse. There is a team of amazing volunteers that finds homes for animals rescued from abuse.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

How can you help? Find your local ASPCA shelter and visit their website. Make a donation right online, or find their wish list and make a shopping list of supplies.  You can ask your friends and family to donate items from the wish list in honor or in memory of a beloved pet. Kids can help sort items and deliver to the shelter. Take your kids shopping at the pet store, or have them help you fill a cart on Amazon.com and have the items shipped to the shelter. You can do which ever is easiest for you to do!

Teaching our children compassion for animals reaches further beyond their interaction with just animals. It fosters compassion for all living things.

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The Whatever Mom is a full time wife and twin mama living on coffee and wine. She enjoys the pure rush of cleaning the BIG potty between loads of laundry. It is her dream that moms everywhere accept and embrace the Whatever Mom philosophy which can be found here.

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27 Comments on On The Seventh Day of Service Make a Furry Friend

  1. Recently got a puppy for my kids (well me really). ACPCA/shelters are such a great cause for the fur-babies without mommies.

  2. This is a great idea. My kids want a dog but they have no clue what it takes to care for a pet. I’m afraid the responsibility to care for the pet would fall on me. I think having them volunteer at an animal shelter will be a good way for them to get a taste of what it takes to care for a pet. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Don’t forget they always need towels and blankets. So, if you don’t have time to give maybe during spring cleaning (or before you toss a towel) you can find something to donate. Thanks for reading!

  3. YAY! good for you for doing this. I love that you are helping all of those furbabies and I always tell people I know who say they are looking to get a pet, to check these centers first and save the pups! You are right too, they could use all of the help they can get – so good for you plus they get to learn all about taking care of the pets and all the responsibility as well! 😉

  4. losing a pet is so hard. We have an older dog and I worry about how many years she has left. We also have a puppy that we got in the beginning of the year. My daughter would have us get a thousand dogs if it was up to her but luckily it’s not.

    • My daughters like to change up the list of breeds each day…we are up to a poodle, a golden retriever, a husky, a black lab and a chocolate lab. That’s just today. 😉

  5. I’ve always wanted to volunteer my time with the SPCA. As a dog lover, I know they need all the help they can get. It’s been my experience that getting a new dog does help heal the pain of losing a companion.

    • Thanks! My friend gave me a poem about getting a new dog. It is written from the perspective of your lost love and how your dog would want you to love again. It’s very touching!

  6. I was going to call the animal shelter this week to see about volunteering. My daughter would love it. I would like another dog, too… but I keep telling my husband I need a bigger house first, 😉

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