Through the years, I’ve done a lot of volunteer work. It’s something I always felt helped feed my soul, and keep me centered on the things that mattered in my life. While volunteering, my time wasn’t about my paychecks, or the things I could buy with the paychecks. The experiences helped me to understand I was part of something bigger…..
Growing up we always had pets. A dog was always in our home. Heck, my Mom had a dog before she had kids. Duke was her first baby, and we were never allowed to forget it! We adored Duke. My kids have the same scenario in our house, because my pug has been with me for almost 14 years. Long before I ever met my husband, let alone thought about kids!
Why am I telling you about pets, and volunteering? Keep reading, it’ll all begin to become more clear, I promise!
Being a blogger, I get to do some pretty amazing stuff. There are opportunities offered to me, after years of putting in a lot of hard work on this blog, which allow me to open my children’s eyes to the world around us. My desire to teach them about “giving back” is all happening thanks to an amazing program called emBARK on Pet Health. Even at the ages of 4, and 6, it’s never too young to start volunteering, at least in my eyes, anyway!
Recently, we visited a local animal shelter on Long Island, and I introduced the kids to what an animal shelter is: a place where pets “visit” before a family brings them home to love. Now, if you missed my blog post from earlier this month, please take the time to check it out to learn more about the emBARK program, and what it’s doing for local animal shelters. If you can’t do that, please take the pledge for pet health. When you make the pledge, Sergeant’s Pet Health kit to a shelter in need.
Our visit to Save-A-Pet in Port Jefferson Station, Long Island, which is associated with Guardians of Rescue in Smithtown, was a HUGE STEP in getting the kids into volunteering. The “chick in charge,” also know as Dori, made the kids feel welcome. She introduced them to other staff members, she allowed them to pet some of the cats, and showed them pictures of her own dogs. The entire staff was friendly, warm, and dedicated to all of the pets that enter the shelter. What I loved about the shelter the most? It allows kids to volunteer. There’s a whole “junior” program for kids. Obviously my kids will need me there with them, but that’s part of the whole experience. To do it together!
Children can come and help brush the cats, play with them, so they get a little love until a family can come, and adopt them. Kids can hold fund raisers, or they can hold “supply” drives at their schools. Basically, a shelter needs many supplies to run the facility, not just food for the animals, but also cleaning supplies. It’s such an amazing way for kids to learn about “giving back” at any age. Plus, it gets them talking to other kids about the shelter, and how they can help, too.
Guardians of Rescue is based in Smithtown, but doesn’t have a physical location. Their main focus is to have members protect the well-being of all animals, as well as their owners. If there’s distress, they are there to offer aid. The main shelter that Dori, who is responsible for Guardians of Rescue, is a director of is the shelter we’ll be volunteering at, Save-A-Pet in Port Jefferson Station. It’s the shelter that will be benefiting from the emBARK on Pet Health program!
Beyond the volunteer programs people can participate in, you can also donate money, a car, supplies, etc. Oh, and of course, you can ADOPT a pet. The amount of cats in that shelter….it is so sad. There’s plenty of dogs to adopt, as well. My kids found it hard to believe so many animals didn’t have families to love them, and were all just waiting. Slowly, the two of them are learning to be super grateful for what they have, and for what we can provide for our own dog. Yes, they did ask to bring one home. Answer: Mama doesn’t do the cat thing, so they can just tell friends, and family about the cats at the shelter.
One thing that also stood out to me, was the clinic they have for people to use for their pets. You don’t have to have a pet adopted from Save-A-Pet to be allowed to use Cliffs Clinic. They offer Spay, Neuter, and Vaccination services. They also Microchip! All of it is fairly priced, too. Pricing for all of Cliffs Clinic services can be found on their website.
The shelter is just awesome. It’s so clean, I couldn’t believe it. You would never know animals were even in there, it is impeccably taken care of. I cannot say enough about the staff, just amazing. The kids are looking forward to heading there to brush the cats, and I’m hoping to help at some of their fund raising events throughout the year.
I’m so thankful that The Motherhood, Sergeant’s and emBARK are providing me with the chance to share this amazing emBARK on Pet Health Program with everyone, plus bringing the existence of the pledge to your attention, and having a shelter benefiting from the program close enough for me to volunteer at with the kids.
If you’ve got a pet, you’ll want to make sure you’re keeping up with my blog posts! If you have to sign up to get the daily emails, do it now, so you won’t miss the Pet Health Giveaway I’ll be hosting VERY SOON!