We've written in the past about Pets of the Homeless - an organization that is, without question, tops on my list of favorites. There is no cause more dear to my heart than that which helps the unfortunate, vulnerable beings living without the comforts of home - be they human or domesticated animal.
For some who live on the mean streets, a pet is the closest friend and confidant they've got, and the reason they keep going. And they provide to these pets the supreme loyalty, trust and friendship that dogs show to people, but which man is usually not capable of returning. What an inspirational bond!
Pets of the Homeless is an organization that provides pet food and veterinary care to pets of the homeless. Without their services, these pets would go hungry, or their humans would in order to keep them fed. These pets would not get the basic care they need - vaccines, spay/neuter, basic wellness care. Pets of the Homeless also awards grants to homeless shelters that provide for the homeless to keep their pets in crates next to them, encouraging the homeless to come in from the cold.
Right now, there is a photo contest that you can participate in. Through their Facebook page, Pets of the Homeless is offering us all a chance to pitch in, to help in raising the funds needed to provide these essential services to pets of the homeless. There are some touching photos to choose from - and for $1 you can vote for a photo. You are not limited in how many votes you cast, each vote is one dollar each. All the money you donate is tax deductible.
Head on over to the Pets of the Homeless Facebook page, cast your vote(s) - and help those who are without question "less fortunate" than us. They may be vulnerable, homeless, and destitute - but they are wealthy in their wisdom of the healing and sustaining powers of the human-animal bond, and in the extraordinary love they share with their pet.
We should all be that kind of fortunate, don't you think?
(Note: Images were found online, shared through social media networks. Sources unknown. Although I usually don't display images without consent or at least credit, I thought the power of these images helps to convey the urgent need to help these pets. I will gladly remove them or give credit if made known.)