Commentary: ‘Animal rescues run on a limited budget, and rely heavily on donations’

Furry Friends volunteer Diane Stevens encourages Clark County residents to consider contributing to nonprofit animal shelters and rescue organizations

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author alone and do not reflect the editorial position of ClarkCountyToday.com 

The holiday season is upon us and my thoughts turn to counting my blessings. They say that gratitude makes us happier and I believe that. Scientific research even backs that claim. The main things I am grateful for is a wonderful family, caring friends and my three kitties. I look for special ways to show each person how much I care about them. But for the kitties, well, they already rule the house and live in a kitty haven, so my gift to them is helping other kitties that are not as lucky as they are.

Diane Stevens and Peggy Sue. Photo courtesy Diane Stevens
Diane Stevens and Peggy Sue. Photo courtesy Diane Stevens
Diane Stevens with Benny & Norman. Photo courtesy Diane Stevens
Diane Stevens with Benny & Norman. Photo courtesy Diane Stevens

We are fortunate to have several animal shelters and rescue organizations right here in our own hometown. They all have many needs to keep them operational and there are many ways that can help them out. Sharing the gift of love can be done in so many ways. The obvious gift of love is to adopt a cat or dog and give them a loving home, but that doesn’t always work for everyone.

Animal rescues run on a limited budget, and rely heavily on donations. Monetary donations are always first and foremost on any shelter’s wish list but you don’t always have to give money to help. Time is a huge gift. Can you help feed, or care for kitties? Do you have a certain skill you would be willing to share? Volunteers are the backbone of any rescue operation. You can give as little as one hour a week or more.

Diane Stevens during her volunteer shift at the Furry Friends Adoption Center
Diane Stevens during her volunteer shift at the Furry Friends Adoption Center. Photo courtesy Diane Stevens

Furry Friends, which is a local cat rescue organization has some suggestions on how you can share the love with the kitties in their care. You can also see more suggestions at www.furryfriendswa.org:

• Link your Fred Meyer Rewards card or Amazon Smile account to Furry Friends and they will receive a portion of your purchase.

• Donate your vehicle, boat, RV or trailer to the organization.

• Donate gifts for auction or raffle items

• In kind services

• Memorial gifts. Donating to Furry Friends is a wonderful alternative to standard gift giving and is a perfect way to honor the special people and animals in your life. Not only will your Honor or Memorial gift express your love—it’ll also help give the gift of life to animals in need. Animal lovers always appreciate a donation in memory of a beloved pet at any time. It doesn’t have to be only the year the pet died. 

• Purina Pro canned and dry cat food

• 100% canned pumpkin

• Gift cards for Orchards Feed or All Natural Pet Supply

Please consider giving the gift of love this holiday season to help the less fortunate fur babies in our community. It will do your soul good.

To see more about Furry Friends or to view our wish list, please visit www.furryfriendswa.org.

Diane Stevens
Furry Friends volunteer

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