It's that time of year when many charities are begging for your dollar. There are many great dog related charities out there and I support several of them myself.
But, there are dogs that are often forgotten -- shelter dogs. Many of these dogs are not adopted and face the executioner's needle. Most of these dogs are housed on concrete which can be cold and damp during the winter months. Most of the shelters do not have heating in the kennel areas and this can be especially hard on the older dogs, who take extra time to find a home (if they ever do).
This year, as it's getting colder and you are bringing out your winter blankets and quilts, I'm sure many of you will be replacing some of those blankets, quilts and throws, as yours have gotten old and just plain thread-bare. Before you toss them in the trash, could you please call your local animal shelter and see if they can use them to help keep the dogs warm??
Many of the big city dog shelters are now going to above the ground beds for the dogs, but those of us in rural areas with small shelters and smaller budgets just don't have those luxuries for our shelter dogs. A blanket can make all the difference in the world to a dog on a cold winter night.
The shelters that are still using blankets will have washers and dryers and believe me when I say they run 24/7 this time of year! More then once while I was working at the shelter, I stayed late, without pay, to make sure all the blankets were washed and each dog had one before I went home. Having extra blankets would help!
Don't worry about them being thread-bare or even if with quilts, if some of the stuffing is coming out -- most of the shelters will repair them and/or give them to dogs that won't rip them up --- remember not every cold dog is a Siberian!!
The other thing, a lot of times Wal-Mart puts their cheap throws (regular $4) on clearance after the holidays for as low as $1. These are wonderfully warm for a dog and even if you could only spend $5 (5 throws) -- it would be a big help.
Thanks for all you do, every day for the dogs!!!