Happy Change a Pet’s Life Day

Apples winter
This southern girl loves a New England winter.

We’ve all seen the videos on social media, heartbreaking stories of abused animals (often dogs) rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted into a loving home. I’m a softy for those stories, and you’ll sometimes catch me watching YouTube and weeping at my desk (don’t tell my boss).

We love pets at illumiNITE, especially dogs, but cats are pretty cool too. Some days you’ll find our canine friends Jack or Sophia helping out at the factory. So imagine our excitement when we heard today is “Change a Pet’s Life Day.”

Founded in 2009, “Change a Pet’s Life Day” was created to draw attention to the millions of shelter pets in need of care and a home. It also celebrates the hard work and dedication of shelter employees and volunteers.

Interesting facts about shelter animals:

  • 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year (that leaves millions more in need of homes).
  • You save two lives when you adopt: the life of the adopted animal and the one taking its place in the shelter.
  • 25% of shelter animal are purebred.
  • The average age of shelter animals is 18 months.
  • Most shelter animals receive medical care, vaccinations, and are sprayed or neutered at the shelter.
  • Studies show dog owners are more active than non-dog owners.
  • Not interested in a dog or cat? Shelters often have all different types of animals, including rabbits, hamsters, lizards, and guinea pigs.

I met my “best friend” Apples in 2010. A southern belle looking for a home, she was living with a foster family in Tennessee (along with a dozen more dogs) waiting for us to find her. Never a “dog person,” Apples set me straight and now I love that crazy pooch.

Interested in changing a pet’s life? Here are some ideas to help:

Adopt: Many shelters are offering a discount on adoption fees today. If you can’t adopt, consider fostering a pet for short period of time.

Donate: Most shelters are non-profit organizations and always need donations of food, blankets, and of course, money.

Volunteer: Even the most hard working and dedicated shelter employees need help caring for all those animals. Check with your local shelter to find volunteer opportunities.

Share: Let other people know about the need for more animal adoptions and what’s happening at your local shelter.

Visit www.ASPCA.org to learn more.

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

Already have a dog (or a super active cat)?   Check out our illumiNITE pet collection to keep your furry friends safe and seen during walks, runs, or a wild game of catch.  Plus, adorable!

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