During the holiday season, or any time of year, don’t forget the animals at the local shelters. It doesn’t have to be much, even a bag of food is greatly appreciated; but even when the animals can’t ask for it, that doesn’t mean they don’t want or need it.
It’s bad enough that shelters such as AAARF (Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation) and Placer SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) even have animals occupying the buildings! Anything will help the poor animals at these shelters live a happier life, and sometimes the local pet stores will even match your purchase or contribute extra when you tell them you’re giving the items to the shelter.
For animals, spending time at the shelter is not exactly the dream life. So help them be happy while they are there. Any time works, and the animals aren’t picky!
Donate whatever you can; even a single toy is something! But remember, just because animals don’t have a voice, it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve it.
If you can’t adopt a pet, then at least consider brightening their days at the shelters. The animals certainly didn’t ask to be put there, so do what you can to help them enjoy it, and chances are you’ll feel good about it too!
KELLI ALLEN, student, Auburn