My kids and I have been volunteering at the Humane Society of Angelina County http://facebook.com/humanesocietyofangelinacounty
We go on Sundays and spend almost 2 hours with the dogs and cats. My 4 walk the dogs while I pooper scoop (someone's gotta do it) and then we head in to give the cats and kittens some loving. I'm the only one who doesn't mind unfolding newspapers to use as cage liners.
Our dog was a shelter dog, and she is the best. All the ones we've met at the shelter have been great dogs. They are so appreciative of our time. We get a licking or a tail wag after a romp in the grass.
The employees tell us our simple task helps to make the animals more adoptable. Maybe that's true - we certainly have seen many come and go, which is a good thing. I often find myself very moved when I hear of a dog's or cat's adoption, because you can't help but get a little attached. But even though we are a bit sad to not see them again, we are so many more times happy that they have gone to a loving home.
Now that I have my little Brick and Mortar shop, I am thinking I might be able to give even more than a little dog and cat loving. My thought process went something like this....
Dogs and cats have fur. Fur is a fiber. I sell fiber in the form of yarn and roving. Roving is sheep's wool. Wool is fur. Cats and dogs love to play with wool balls. I know! Let's make Fur Balls!
And the 1st Fur Ball Fundraiser was born. My thanks to the Humane Society for supporting me and helping to get the word out! I'm really excited about it and can't wait!