And sorry if this sounds like an "omg look at me I'm donating, praise me!" Its not, just felt like sharing my experience, and hoping to encourage others to visit their local shelters to just give those animals a little attention, possibly donate goods or some spare change, and maybe get others to start using smile.amazon.com to help out a charity they'd like.
So yesterday was my birthday. Had a wonderful day with my husband. First birthday I can remember in my entire life that it wasn't raining or very dark/gloomy (aka about to rain) for my birthday, so that was a plus. I wasn't even in the office/near the computer all day. WE took our dogs for a nice long walk, did a mini shopping run and got new dog tags (a black one we used on our eldest dog rubbed black paint onto her white fur so we switched to an aluminum (?) tag.
After that I wanted to go by our local SPCA-we had a few items to donate including toys the dogs refused to use (mint flavored ball), barely used leashes and harnesses, and some cleaned out small dog bowls (upgraded to larger bowls last week).
While there we had to go look at the animals. Cat area with mostly empty. Only 2 stood out-one tabby with some nice white blazes and socks that gave a mew to attention. And a pale orange main coon (i think) that was very shy... huge fluff in the ear. I'm allergic to cats so didn't spend to much time in there. In the dog area though I was heartbroken. Every dog there was either a senior dog with medical issues, or a reed typically targeted by BSL (breed specific legislation) including Pit bull terriers, an emaciated blue Cane Corso, Staffershire terrier, and the sweetest American bulldog.
We can't adopt/foster at the moment but I really wish we could!
The American bulldog, Hogan, was an absolute sweetheart and so desperate for some love -poor thing was at the far end of the cages, not sure many people walked all the way down as there were a lot of empty cages in between his and most of the otehr dogs(at least the place wasn't over filled). He's mostly white with a few small tan/brown brindle patches, neutered, a big boy but a little under weight 85 when neutered-according to staff he's been putting on weight nicely since he arrived back in February. He has some stitches on his head that are mostly healed up now-apparently he had some benign "warts" (tumor) that were removed. He also had some scaring on his lower legs/feet that had healed up just exposed skin that should grow fur back with time. I wish I'd thought to take some photos but I didn't, he was so needy for affection looking away from him he's immediately re-position or put a paw up on the cage to get you back to him. He absolutely loved getting some physical contact, could get enough petting and baby talking. He's remarkably calm-the dog in the kennel next to him barked non stopped but it didn't effect Hogan, according to staff he's good with other dogs. I was told he might have the starts of hip dysplasia but our previous dog had it and just keeping him at a healthy trimmed weight kept it from being an issue. I really really wanted to take him home but can't.. I just hope someone gives him a loving home soon, he defiantly deserves one.
The Cane corso was my husband's most liked one-commenting that his jowls reminded him of a manatee mouth, which it kinda did. He was a bit of a barker as first but quieted down after sitting in front of him a few minutes and taking my hat off (it had cat ears and he was fixated on them when he barked.. I think confused at what emotion I was expressing with my fake ears' position). Poor buy needed to put on some weight and thankfully doesn't have any medical issues for his lack of weight so just needs time and food to get the pounds back on.
Unfortunately most of the other dogs were too stressed/barking constantly and not interested in getting some real affection.. of course if I was in a cage I'd be screaming "let me out!" constantly too... but yet I felt like talking about those dogs..
Ramble ramble... sorry got really into those 2 dogs. After leaving I looked at the shelter website and found I could donate $, items (like cleaning supplies-apparently my local SPCA needs a lot of laundry detergent to clean the bedding for their animals daily), and use something I didn't know about: smile.amazon.com which donates 0.5% (yeah its not much but it adds up) of your purchase (exuding gift wraps/exchange/shipping) to a 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations of your choice (many to choose from there). Once you choose a charity just shop by going to smile.amazon.com instead of going to amazon.com, yes its still legitimate amazon.com and you can use your existing account. I signed up to donate to my local SPCA and encourage anyone else that uses amazon.com to consider doing the same-it doesn't take any additional $ from you, just moments to select your charity, and every bit can help some rescue/shelter you decide to sponsor!
I also donated the $ I'd made from selling aquarium plants from one of my tanks I was taking down (not a part of the donations being saved for rescues/no kill shelters from tips/commissions). I have several aquariums and aquarium equipment from heaters, filters, to lights I also need to sell off once I find the best method (cregslist/ebay/fish forum) and will probably donate the$ from that as well..
Felt good to give ^^
Ok enough rambling, time for dinner prep.