There is no better gift to a homeless animal than giving them a second chance at life! Shelters and rescues across the country work tirelessly to provide animals in need a safe place to sleep, Kingsbrook CSR Nina quickly poses for a photo before delivering some Howl-O-Ween goodies to our friends at FCAC to eat, provide veterinary care and ultimately find their fur-ever home. According to the Humane Society of the United States, “approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States serve the estimated 6-8 million homeless animals who need refuge each year.”
In celebration of National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, we at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick, MD, invite everyone to take some extra time this week to show
your local animal shelter or rescue some love. A good place to start is Frederick County Animal Control, our local animal shelter. FCAC is always in need of the help of volunteers and their time. For anyone who is unable to volunteer but would still like to donate supplies, it’s easy to call and find out what FCAC needs! Monetary donations are always appreciated, as well as food, toys, and bedding…and it’s also possible to give a token of gratitude for the volunteers and employees by dropping off some human treats (like Nina did!) or some recognition on social media. For FCAC’s contact information, click here.
Fortunately for the abundance of animals, there are other rescues and shelters in the Frederick area. These organizations not only work to help homeless animals within their community, they also help save lives during natural disasters. This past September
during Hurricane Florence, countless animals from the Carolinas were in dire need of aid. Many of the shelters in the affected area needed to be evacuated, and sadly, many animals are humanely euthanized in these events. Two local Frederick rescues, City Dogs Rescue and Capitol Canines interceded to clear the Carolina shelters and save many dogs from being euthanized. Both rescues contacted Megan Purtell, owner of the Beagle Bed & Breakfast and foster mom. In less than a month, Megan took in about 20 dogs that were transported from the Carolinas. Thankfully, many were quickly adopted and lots of folks were able to donate supplies and their time by feeding and walking the dogs, cleaning kennels, and organizing donated food and supplies. Since Megan is a longtime client at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, some of our staff members were fortunate enough to meet a few of these special dogs.
While natural disasters do not happen frequently, every day there are more and more animals and rescues that need our help. This year, consider adopting or fostering a homeless animal. Empower yourself through social media to connect and share information with your friends and family about your favorite shelters or animals! There is never too little or too much we can do to show our local shelters and rescues that we care and support them.