Tag Archives: Pet Shelters are Great

Caring for Cats

This weekend Skip and I will be attending The Haunted Hairball, a fundraiser for the Caring for Cats shelter in St. Paul. We had so much fun at the event last year that we are looking forward to attending again. Like many of you, I have been to – what seems like – a kazillion fundraisers over the years, many of which were not much fun. So, I have been asking myself what makes a fundraiser fun, and this is what I came up with:

  • Warm and welcoming people – at the dinner tables and around the room;
  • A short and positive program that makes you laugh (and maybe even shed a few tears);
  • Auction items that appeal to many folks and are within a reasonable price range;
  • An atmosphere that helps you feel like you are making a difference through the money raised and the other ways you help the organization throughout the year;
  • Good food and wine helps!

It is quite amazing to think about all of the shelters in and around the Twin Cities – too many to count! Skip and I have become familiar with many of them since we opened Pets Remembered two years ago and we marvel at the many, many dedicated pet lovers who open their homes and hearts to pets who need a home, whether temporarily or permanently. I am grateful for all of the shelters and the people who make them great!

Finding the “Right” Pet

I recently read an article about the many things to consider when you are thinking about bringing a new pet into your home. Of course, the list gets pretty lengthy, with considerations that include your schedule, activity level, space, finances, health, lifestyle, location and even your future plans. The article made good points about a thorough inventory of one’s life and circumstance before adding a pet (or another pet), yet, just like other significant decisions, we can never fully know what changes will come about down the road.

One of the great things about being a pet person is that pets come in all shapes, sizes, and maintenance levels! Most of us think of cats and dogs when we think of pets, and they are the most common household pets, although the list of pets is quite extensive, from turtles and rabbits to fish and birds and more. Dogs have perhaps the biggest range in size and activity level from breed to breed – they can weigh in at five pounds (or less) or two hundred five (or more)! When your family includes a pet, it guarantees companionship and a creature to share your space with. Some of us believe our pets make us better human beings!

We all know people who are content without pets, and others who should not have a pet, for a variety of reasons, but for those who do want a pet and are able to provide a good home, it’s possible to find one that fits the bill. And that is good for the pets out there who need a home and the people who want to share their home. Dog and cat shelters to a wonderful job of matching people and pets. Hurray for them!