Monday, February 7, 2011

the power of one

“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”
Albert Einstein

Last week I visited the Cayman Islands Humane Society thrift shop, I needed to buy some very basic used clothes for a mannequin display we have at work.

Once I was inside the shop on the second floor, I couldn't help but peeking out the window that overlooks at most of the kennels full of dogs ready for adoption. Now, this was a big mistake (and I should have known better).

Seeing all those dogs there, some of them without much of a shade on 80+ degree weather, in a shelter that can hold about 70 dogs but has over 130 (if unable to get adopted most of them have to be put down because of the space issue).

Now, at this point seeing all those dogs there, without somebody to love them, my heart shrinks and my eyes start to water, I just can't help but feeling so sad and impotent about helping them and unfortunately for me, visiting the area is almost out of the questions, as I will come out crying my eyes out.
But that day I put on my courage cap and went in to talk to some of the guys inside, after a long talk about options to help and volunteer, I think I've found a way to make a difference....

One of the guys that runs the shelter talked to me about a few options; donating food (which I do every now and then),  volunteer to walk the dogs (my problem part is, I know I would get super attached to one/many of them and then I will be suffering every time I have to say goodbye) and finally there's also the option of sponsoring a kennel.

Now, that's when it really hit, because I feel that this is something I can do. Sponsoring a kennel is a unique way to help those amazing animals, make sure they have proper shelter, water bowls, and good conditions to spend their days... but of course it doesn't come in cheap.

The prices for Kennel Sponsorship (annually) are as follow:

Adult Dogs $750 US dollars
Puppy $375 US dollars
Adult Cats $250 US dollars
Kittens $250 US dollars

Now, there's a very important detail about all this idea and it's the fact that I cannot afford to this by myself. So here I am today, knocking on your heart for some help, any help, little help, big help, your spare change or big chuck of change, whatever!

Do it for the animals, do it for yourself, do it in loving memory of any pet that you've had, do it on behalf of your very own privileged pet at home, with a comfy bed, food, water and shelter from weather...

I know together we have the power to do wonderful things, but it's got to start with the power of one, our very own commitment to help, take charge of the responsibility we have to give and care for animals. But it's even more important to help those animals that we humans have domesticated for our own purposes, and now as a species they can't survive as well without us...

Maybe we won't be able to give each dog or cat their own teddy bear to keep them warm and safe at night, but I am sure we can make a huge difference in their lives.

I promise to donate, to keep track of every donation and use the money wisely towards helping as many animals as possible. I will put on my courage cap more often and visit the kennel we will sponsor, I plan to use the name of my blog as the main sponsor but also I will display each one of the names of every person that donates.

So as of today my blog will have a donation button via Pay Pal where you can donate some love and care for the animals of our local shelter, your help is greatly appreciated and it will be used correctly.

For those of you that can't donate but feel like spreading the word, please make sure to grab my widget and put it on your blog, any help is greatly appreciated and I know that the help you give to this cause, will return to you in full circle!

And remember, "Hands that give, will never be empty". Thanks to all from the bottom of my heart!

Have a great day!

5 commented; now it's your turn!:

MarkD60 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This looks like a great idea!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sunshine!! What a great idea!! I hope you will reach your goal of $750. very quickly! We support our local Animal Shelter quite often. We are having a BIG Drive in order to build a new shelter to the tune of $850,000. So far we have $350,000 and a parsal of donated land. I know you can make a differance and applaud you for your compassion and willingness to do something for the animals in your area...debbie

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great thing you're doing!

MarkD60 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

doesn't do much good if everyone says "Good Idea" and nobody gives.....
So I'm breaking the ice!

Gods Little People said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Mariasol bless your heart for walking into that shelter - I know how much courage it takes! And thank you for not turning the blind eye.

I will not be able to donate money as I'm using every last dime on the cats on this island BUT if you're interested, I have some nice items from my Etsy shop that I'll send to you and you sell them (whichever way you like) and collect the proceeds for the shelter. Let me know if you're interested in this idea.

I'll make a link on my blog next time I'm blogging.

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