April 4 is World Stray Animals Day, a day to raise awareness of, have compassion for and take action on behalf of the 600,000,000 stray animals in our world! Check out this video from the organization behind World Stray Animals Day.
Dogs and cats are domesticated animals. We made them this way and they are dependent on us to care for them. For the strays in our world, they have many challenges: scrapping for food and shelter, being chased and abused by hostile humans, not being spayed or neutered so they add to the overpopulation problem, and facing illness and death with no medical care or humane end.
While the problem is staggering and depressing, each of us can and should make a difference in the life of a stray animal. You can adopt a stray dog or cat at a local shelter; you can spread the word about the cause and urge others to help; you can also volunteer time at a local shelter to help in many different ways!
While many shelters require paperwork and a volunteer orientation to be an official volunteer, if you’re in the Denver/Littleton area, the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley does allow non-oriented volunteers the chance to walk their dogs during the hours of noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. daily. Perhaps this is the perfect way for you to celebrate on a short notice and give back to the animals who need us so much!
Thank you for your generosity,
Owner, Delightful Doggies