Today we are having a tad bit of a different blog hop for you and besides my yearly round-up, this will be my last post.
Tis the season to also give back and non of us should forget about that which is the reason my friend Brynne at The Gathered Home came up with the idea to have this different blog hop. I teamed up with a bunch of bloggers to highlight charities of our choice. No guidelines of what it should be, just something we really cared about. Welcome everyone who is coming from Mila’s at Jest Cafe.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County – The Gathered Home // The Humane Society – Monica Wants It // Dog Rescues – Cassie Bustamante // Global Fund for Women – Jest Cafe // Buyamba Uganda – House Homemade // Compassion International – The Home I Create // Canadian Premature Babies Foundation – The Learner Observer // The Heart Gallery – Pinterest Addict // Three Angels Children’s Relief – Bright Green Door
So I picked a local animal shelter. I picked it because I have friends who volunteer there and I think that is amazing. It requires a lot of time commitment, money and mental strength. I couldn’t do it. It would make me so sad and I would constantly be upset. Just ask my husband. He’d be furious with me if I’d volunteered because he knows I’d come home with more animals then we could handle.
But even if you aren’t the volunteering or fostering kind of person (which they are always looking for) like me then you can give back by donating money which is the other obvious. Just wiring money! Which is what I did on their site through paypal HERE.
I used to have items and send my husband to other shelters to drop them off because he isn’t as “soft” as I am. But on one of those trips to the shelter, my husband came home with our Lucy. So he is probably not the best person to go to the shelter for donations either 😉
But how could he have resisted this little face? I mean we can’t.
So this is where this new idea comes in and I feel like it’s genius. Hold the horses. The shelter has an Amazon wishlist (click HERE) to see it. All you have to do is fill your cart with their requested items and have them shipped right to the shelter. Their address is listed at the top of the wishlist page.
Isn’t that a wonderful idea? That way for people like me who get so upset when going to a shelter, can donate items without having to drop them off.
All this led me to investigate and I noticed that so many other shelters have wish lists on Amazon, so if you don’t want to donate to my local animal shelter, then do a search for yours. I found a ton through google. It’s such an easy way to give back. And it’s not just animal shelters, you can do this for homeless shelters, children’s hospitals… the list is of course endless.
My dad has always been a person who is afraid to give money and rather gives useful items. He says you just never know where the money ends up which surely isn’t true for most organizations but if you are like my dad then this way certainly eases the mind a bit since there isn’t any cash to be abused.
I don’t mind giving through Paypal, it’s easy, fast and they always need vet bills to be covered.
You could also send pet store gift cards to this shelter or your local shelter which is always very much appreciated.
Let me also remind you to please not shop for a pet. #adoptdontshop There are so many wonderful animals out there looking for homes that have been discarded like trash who make the sweetest additions to your family. And an animal should never be given as a present, if you do adopt you should interact with the animal first with your family. Also please listen to the shelter staffs input about which animal they think would make a great fit for you. A lot of the people have had experience and been around the animals for a while to know their personality.
Adopting from a foster family is a great idea too because they know the animal really well and know which family home would be a good fit for the animal.
Did you know that approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats) because they are unwanted and discarded like trash. That is such a devastating number.
All of our kitties are adopted and we never regretted that. It makes me angry when people shop for an animal as if they are a new pair of shoes or sofa and then are purchased from places that are clearly out to make a profit from a life while there are other worthy animals sitting behind bars waiting to be put to death because nobody is giving them a chance.
(click HERE to see my catio)
I got lost on their Instagram page over the weekend too. (click HERE to follow)
Look at all those sweet faces. They all make great pets. And of course I found a kitty on their site that I can’t get out of my head. But my sweet 21 year old Heidi isn’t doing good at all and her end is near. It wouldn’t be fair to her to stress her out by getting another cat.
I hope you find it in your heart to donate to some worthy cause this holiday season, whether it is for my local animal shelter (click HERE to head to their site) or something of your choosing.
I had to squeeze one more thing into this post quickly. I saw on my friend Monica’s (of East Coast Creative) Instagram who lives close to me that there is a really great cause helping homeless people in Philly called Project Dignity. Check out @realhumanist. She also has an Amazon link in her profile which leads to a wish list for the homeless. It shows up a little strange on my screen though. But that’s not where this stops. Make sure you scroll through Lolly’s Instagram feed, she also has go fund me pages for certain homeless people like John who had a spinal injury after getting hit by a car.
This country has way too many homeless people and it’s heart breaking.
Make sure to check out Jessica at House Homemade next on the hop (and also all the other blogs).
Have a Happy Holiday season and enjoy giving back.