Remember when you were little and a stray dog or cat would wander into your yard? If you were like me, you immediately got water, food, or a saucer of milk and befriended the needy animal.Times may have changed, but there are still many furry friends who need us. In fact, there are more than ever.Around 8 million animals find their way to a shelter each year. And there are many more who still roam our neighborhoods. Who takes care of them? No one. This is why they are so dependent on those who care enough to leave a bit of food and water outside. Animals need guardian angels.As an etiquette consulting company, we spend a lot of time encouraging people to be kind and attentive to others around us. But when we extend this courtesy to more than just the people around us, and include animals, and Mother Earth, we create an entirely new (and larger) level of respect.Some things to consider when it comes to animals:
- Teach your children to respect and care for animals.
- Before adopting a pet, do your research and consider whether you are capable of caring for it long-term. Animals, like humans, are not disposable.
- Spay and neuter your pets. Of those who have pets, 35 percent do not do this according to the American Humane Association And many of these folks intentionally breed their pets, only adding to the number of homeless animals who need our care.
- Adopt your pet from an animal shelter.
- Many people purchase a new pet from a pet store. Unfortunately, nearly all of these animals come from irresponsible breeders or puppy mills. Increasing demand from these sources is not helping the problem.
If you are not able to adopt a pet, we encourage you to support your local animal shelter. Even when you can’t directly help someone in need, it’s always good to support themas you can.On behalf of all the animals in our lives, we thank you!