Our furry friends may be just what the doctor ordered!
It is certainly not news that as one year closes, many humans designate resolutions to improve their lives in the year ahead. Makes me wonder if our companion animals do the same thing. What might they resolve to do? Nap more? Fetch sticks with greater accuracy? Kick the catnip? …
Given the top 5 resolutions that humans make each year, there is no doubt that our furry friends can help us to reach these goals! In fact, it doesn’t take a psychologist to see how our own animals, or those in need, can help us both achieve, and stick to, these resolutions!
A popular resolution overall (and one that we should be making more than once a year) involves volunteerism and helping others. Anyone can achieve this at any time with 1 small act or in an ongoing way. If it’s an animal you wish to help, you need not even decide now what it is you can do. Just visit the AdoptAPet volunteer sign-up page, enter your contact information and availability, and check off those tasks you feel you can handle from the list provided.
As far as the other top resolutions people make for themselves on New Year’s, there is not one that an animal cannot help a human to meet. You may already have the 4-legged life coach you need!There was an error displaying this gallery.
So how about we make this the year of the shelter animal? Let’s follow Martha’s lead by making our own animals a big part of our daily lives and by helping their comrades who are less fortunate. There’s no doubt we’ll be helping ourselves in the process.
Come this time next year, we may just be able to declare we’ve found the critical ingredient to achieving a few New Year’s resolutions.
Wishing a Happy New Year to my fellow creatures everywhere!
Dr. Pia Salk
Links to Animals and Organizations in this post:
Molly’s Mutts and Meows animals featured:
A Dog’s Life Rescue animals featured: