Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How to Save a Life

A cat at the Seattle Animal ShelterImage via Wikipedia

I don't know what inspired me to send out these two tweets yesterday:

@SelenaMKI - I parent: a cat that plays fetch, a cat named Hiss, a diluted calico that hides, a puppy that whines & a poodle that gets jealous. #fb

@SelenaMKI - In my defense, I didn't aim to have five pets. But the poodle wanted a brother & the Hiss just showed up in my backyard. #howlifeworks #fb
I have to say that I couldn't manage this brood without the help of Robert. Dad helps everyday and steps up and takes over when having this many pets gets to be too much on my bad days. And yes, Robert and I call each other Mom and Dad when we discuss our furry children and their needs (like breaking up fights, food, potty breaks and bedtime.)

Thinking about my happy pets makes me want to help other pets who need furever homes too.

I follow @FriendsofPaz on Twitter and Facebook. She is a photographer who donates her time at the South Los Angeles Animal Shelter taking pictures of the pets who need homes and posting them online. I 'talked' with her on Twitter about a week ago and asked her how she got started. As she filled me in on the details, a little voice inside my head said, "You can do that. You could volunteer. Taking pictures once a week at the Animal Shelter could be fibro-friendly."

She warned me that not all the animals get adopted and some of them are in bad shape, but I already knew that because I looked around when I adopted Bastet and Brunswick from the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter. I told her I just want to help increase these pets' chances of getting adopted. I just want to try and help.

So now that I am feeling better, I've decided to head over to the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter and talk to the volunteer coordinator this weekend about doing the same thing for them. I don't know if they'll take me up on my offer, but I sure hope they do. I'll give them a copy of all the pictures I take so they can post them on the shelter website, then I'll take the pictures home to post and tweet up a storm.

As with everything else in my life, I've recruited Robert to help and support me when I go to the shelter. I am hoping he can be a back up on the weekends I am not quite up to snuff. I'm also going to see if I can get my sis Cyndie in on the action too. (Hint, hint Cyndie!)

Helping shelter pets find new homes; that's how I want to start saving lives. Assembling a team to support my do-gooding is how I'll make doing it fibro-friendly.

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Daisy said...

That's a fantastic idea. Particularly those animals that are in need of some ongoing care -- it is hard for me to understand when people abandon an animal because the pet's health has declined. When you take responsibility for a living being, you take...RESPONSIBILITY.

Now, we need some folks in the adoption/foster community to start using social networking tools to increase placements, too.