HOW CAN YOU CHANGE A PET’S LIFE?

Jan 24, 2018 | Philanthropy

Today we celebrate ‘Change A Pet’s Life Day’, a day where we do everything we can to change pets’ lives for the better. Traditionally, it’s a day to raise awareness of and encourage adoption. But for some of us – myself included – adopting an animal isn’t always an option.

So what can we do today (or any other day!) to change a pet’s life? It reminded me of something I’d seen a few years ago – an initiative called The 13 Project, started by canine lifestyle blogger, Pretty Fluffy. This initiative recognised that simply by setting ourselves small tasks and goals, we could make a big difference to animals’ lives.

It didn’t matter if you couldn’t adopt an animal, or foster, or even volunteer at a shelter. It highlighted the fact that there was always something you could do to make a difference. You might have seen this poster before…

Adoption and volunteering poster

Okay, I added that last one in myself (because creativity goes a long way in changing the lives of animals!). But I still love this poster – it is so true. Some of us simply don’t have the space, time or money to adopt and animal or volunteer at a shelter.

And that’s okay. Because there’s always something you can do – even if it’s just spreading the word about your local shelter or a fundraising event. So many people are starting new resolutions this month, so it’s the perfect time to set yourself a challenge!

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO?

To kick start some ideas and get those creative juices flowing, here are some simple things that you could do to make a difference to a pet’s life:

  • If you can’t adopt or foster, try sponsoring a pet at your local shelter, or following their progress and sharing updates on social media (share the hell out of it!)
  • Use your skills, talents and hobbies – do you love to bake? Hold a cake sale! Love photography? Offer to go to your local shelter and take photos! Handy with a sewing machine? Make some doggy bandanas or accessories for your local rescue group. Got an eye for design? Create a logo for a rescue group in need
  • Educate – talk to your friends and family about the importance of adoption and neutering
  • Set up a charity box at work, or hold fundraisers with your colleagues (shoebox appeals are a great way to get the office involved)
  • Instead of Christmas cards this year (a long way off, I know!) donate the money you would’ve spent to a charity – I’m sure your friends and family will understand!
  • Go through all of your old bedding and towels, and donate anything you no longer need to your local shelter
  • If you already have a pet, see if they have any old toys that you could donate
  • Attend a fundraising event with your family, or organise your own
  • Sign a petition (or two)
  • Share this blog post 😉
  • Start your own blog!
  • You wouldn’t believe how the little things add up. If we all just committed to a few of these activities, imagine the difference we could make, even if it’s just where we live, or for one shelter.

    AND WHAT AM I DOING?

    Most of you already know that I make regular visits to my local animal shelter to photograph the dogs in their care. But with my time being in such short supply these days, I kept feeling like there was more I could be doing to help.

    And so today (and all of this week) I am running a special offer to anybody who books a photography session for their own dog. For every session booked this week, I will donate £50 to my local rescue, Animals In Need. The session can take place any time of the year, but the offer is only available over the next week (24th-31st Jan). So, if you’ve been on the fence about booking a session for a while now, this is pretty much the perfect excuse to treat yourself, and potentially change a life!

    Adoptable Staffy
    Black and white Great Dane crossbreed
    Adoptable British Bulldog

    OVER TO YOU!

    Hopefully reading this has given you that little spark of inspiration you’ve been searching for. So, if you committed to just one goal this year to change a pet’s life, what would it be? Let me know by sharing it over on my Facebook page! And remember, even the smallest effort you make, can mean the biggest difference to the lives of animals in need.

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