This is the time of year we usually give you a list of ways to be a good person during the holidays. This time, though, I’m doing something a little different. One Connecticut group, in particular, helped me out this year and I want to encourage readers to return the favor.
When my grandmother’s cat developed a rather disgusting tumor that didn’t seem to effect him at all, but was constantly bleeding and generally disgusting, I decided I needed to find a way to help him. It was getting worse and my grandmother was ready to put him to sleep…for, well, no good reason. I started reaching out to rescue organizations looking for help, and they all pointed me to thte Fox Clinic at the Human Society that provides deeply discounted services. But only one group put their money where their mouth is: Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary offered to help with a small, but helpful (in this case) contribution toward poor Finnegan’s care.
Wanting to return the favor I decided publicity was the best way to go. The group, which is still developing its actual sanctuary out in Ashford, provides tons of services for people struggling with their pets. For instance, if you just can’t deal with your dogs bad behavior anymore, and expensive training isn’t in your budget, Our Companions can help with that through its Home For Good Training Program.
Do you have a colony of feral cats living under your shed? Well, Our Companions’ Sterile Feral program can help you contain it, if not completely eliminate the problem.
But you may be asking, “What can we do to help Our Companions?” Well, money is always helpful. But they could also use your time. Volunteers are always needed! The Helpline (Helpline@ourcompanions.org) can help you with any miscellaneous problems — like when your grandmother’s cat develops a gross tumor.
But the folks there also told me adoptions have been slow lately. I’m always urging people to go out and rescue a pet — and if he’s still around when I’m ready for a dog, Luke looks like a great fit for me — so we’d all love it if you’d give their list of pets a look. And as someone who spends a lot of time browsing the web for a possible dog, Our Companions seems to have one of the more reasonable adoption fees, and more reasonable expectations. (I don’t know how anyone without a fully-fenced yard, and 10-year-history with a vet ever adopt a dog from some of these places.)
We’ve all seen those horrible ASPCA commercials with Sarah McLachlan crooning sadly over depressing pictures of animals, but guilting someone into adopting a pet isn’t the best idea. But know this, Petfinder.com makes it insanely easy to find the perfect pet for you — by breed, age, and personality.