“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” – Forest E. Witcraft [original quote by]
October 4 was World Animal Day, so October is the month to recognize compassion for animals, and many Animal Blessings take place around the world where people bring their beloved companions (usually dogs) to bless and honor them. I did an Animal Blessing at the Street Faire in Granada Hills.
However, we can bless and honor our cherished fur/feathered/scaled every day of the year! Ways to show compassion for animals at any time:
* Adopt from a rescue or shelter. Many dogs and cats are abandoned. Also, don’t be attached to getting a puppy or kitten. I adopted my Gorgeous George (1999-2006) as an adult, and he was the most affectionate cat I had – I believe it was because he appreciated finally having a forever home!
* Be responsible. Your animal companion is not simply a “pet,” but a family member. It is a commitment for 15 or 16 years of your love, time, and money, but it is so REWARDING! Also, spay/neuter your fur baby, so they don’t reproduce.
* Donate or volunteer at a rescue organization.
* Feed feral cat(s) who are part of the “trap, neuter, release” program.
* Be supportive if someone has just lost their animal friend. Don’t say, “It was only an animal,” or “You’ll get another one.” Pet loss can be profound because of its short lifespan.
Being an animal guardian has enriched my life, bringing me so much love and joy, as well as feeling like I’ve made a difference in the life of my precious cats.
Author: Rev. Kathy Lyons [Treatment for the Well-Being of Animals]