Such a powerful word only to be outmatched by the actual act of doing so. Sometimes giving means - your time, your efforts, your money, your voice. Sometimes it is all of those things and sometimes it is none.
At Andy (and Anderson), we are humbled by all the gifts we receive - people's talent, time, and compassion, to name a few. This includes our partners, co-workers, families, and yes, you. In a world that generates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data per day and uploads 500 hours of footage to YouTube per minute, the fact that you are reading and sharing your time with us now, well, it is magical. Thank you.
When we read articles like this one from the New York Times talking about guinea pigs needing homes or hear about troubling stories like this one, where important operational items are stolen, we can't help but be moved to do something.
Did you know that rabbits are the 3rd most abandoned pet in the US?
And with over 3 million of these cuddly creatures in our homes, it is easy to see how vital small pet shelters are needed.
3 actions we can all take to help support small pet rescues and shelters.
- Volunteer. Our good friends at House Rabbit Society maintain a comprehensive list of local rabbit shelters. It is organized by state.
- Share books. There are quite a few books on caring and understanding rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs and hamsters. Check some out from the library and lend them to your friend or family member who might be unsure on what to do.
- Donate. Whether it is $5.00 or $500, every local shelter could use those funds to help support their ongoing expenses. If you have some gently used products you no longer need, they'll likely take those too.
While we are working behind the scenes to figure out how Andy and Anderson Hay can best support small animal rescue shelters in the long term, we wanted to take a moment to shine the spotlight on just a few, incredible organizations who are helping to ensure small animals have meaningful, fulfilling lives.
These three organizations could use some of the love and adoration you show your small pets in whatever form that means to you.