Your pets no doubt had a wonderful Christmas, because they are blessed with food, shelter, and most of all love. Regardless of age or infirmity, they know you care about them and have their best interests at heart. Not all pets are so fortunate. Animals – abandoned or otherwise – who are not properly sheltered, fed or cared for need your prayers the most.
An hour a week?
Abandoned pets living at shelters are blessed in that they have shelter from the elements and food to eat. Shelter pets would love to have some of your time, however. A little time spent walking a dog, petting a cat, or sitting with one of the rabbits at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton costs you no money but it is priceless to the pets. It even makes them more likely to be adopted, as a sociable, well-adjusted pet is a more adoptable pet.
A couple of hours a week?
Friends of the Humane Society is seeking bakers to bake cookies for the Animal Snackers Bakery. Animal Snackers is the main fundraiser of this group, and proceeds help support the homeless animals at the Humane Society. You can bake cookies in the comfort of your own home – Animal Snackers provides the recipes – for sale at the Bakery shop at the 2nd Street Market. Not into baking? You could volunteer to sell the gourmet cookies on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays at 2nd Street Market. Contact Friends of the Humane Society for more information.
If you have a little Christmas money to share:
The bunnies at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton would love to have some toys to play with. Baby keys (with the hard plastic keys, not the ones with the soft tips) are inexpensively purchased at dollar stores, and are a favorite bunny toy. Wooden blocks, willow balls and timothy hay cubes are also much appreciated and not terribly expensive.
If you have a little more Christmas money to share:
Laudate Dominum Hermitage is a small, modest monastery and a refuge for some of God’s creatures: dogs, cats, a rabbit and a few chickens live within the traditional religious community of the Hermits of the Contemplative Heart of Mary.
These animals have lost their homes and/or owners as a result of death, infirmities or nursing home commitments. Because of their own age and infirmities no one wants to take in these loyal companions; there are animals with missing limbs, some are blind, some deaf and there have been cases of cancer in the aging populations.
Br. John Joachim and Sr. Maryrellen have taken in homeless, helpless creatures for over 20 years, making them official wards of the monastery and providing ample care and love for them. They are guaranteed protection, love and care from the members of the monastery for the rest of their lives; the monks do not charge anything for this service. Sick animals are cared for – hand fed if need be – until their health returns or until death arrives naturally.
The monastery is incomplete and the hermits live primitively without plumbing and comforts, giving all they have for the animals. With the help and blessing of God and a few loyal supporters they (barely) manage pet food, people food, vet bills and other essential expenses. At this time of year, Brother John is working to get the fuel in and stock up on winter supplies for the animals in case an early snow shuts down the road into the sanctuary.
These custodians of God’s creatures are grateful for any donation, no amount is too small. Brother John will offer his prayers for your kindness.
Sponsoring a cat, dog, rabbit or any of the other creatures with a donation would make a wonderful gift to honor a friend, or as a memorial to a beloved pet. A cat can be sponsored for only $10 or a Dog for $15 or both for $25. Checks may be made out to L. D. Hermitage and mailed to: 3804 Big Ridge Road, Elk Creek, VA. 24326. They will gladly send you a receipt thanking you for your donation. Their email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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