Newsday Tuesday – National Change a Pet’s Life Day



That’s right. Today is National Change a Pet’s Life Day, presumably established by an animal advocate group. I think most of us agree that every day should be focused on changing an abused or abandoned pet’s life. If we see an animal suffering or being mistreated, we must step up and do what that animal can’t do—rescue and protect.

Here are some ideas for how you can help change a pet’s life today:

  • Adopt an abandoned pet.
  • Volunteer at a local shelter.
  • Foster kittens this spring.
  • Spread the word through any means you have available encouraging others to change a pet’s life today.
  • Report the people down the street who chain their dogs or mistreat their cats.
  • Help a new cat owner to make their home safe for the new furry family member.
  • If you know someone who can’t afford to have their cats spayed/neutered, get information about discounted or free clinics and offer to transport the cats.
  • Likewise, if you know of a cat or dog who isn’t getting appropriate veterinary care, offer to pay for a visit and check into discounts for the struggling family.

What are you doing or have you done to help change the life of a cat or dog? I know that most of you have stories of rescue. We’d love to hear about it. And if you have an endearing story of how you rescued a dog or how a dog rescued you or someone else and you’d like to share it, Lonnie Hull DuPont is asking for stories for an upcoming book she’s compiling. Contact her at for more information. She writes animal-related books under Callie Smith Grant. If you have a story, write and ask Lonnie for her guidelines. This is important. She’s only accepting stories within a certain word limit, for a specific audience, etc. Get the particulars before writing that story. Her deadline is April 1, 2017.


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