Spread the Love

By: Ariel Gruver

February – with Valentine’s Day during the middle of the month many people consider it to be a time of year for love. People make the extra time to express love to their family, friends, and significant others, so why not extend that love unto your pets?

Of course, not everyone has the resources or the desire to own a pet. But for those who are avid animal lovers it is the perfect time to spread the love and show your support.

If you are in search for that special pet to bring into your life, pet adoption is an economical, and considerable way to do so. There are a number of animal shelters and sanctuaries in Eugene, Oregon that take in stray, abandoned, or unwanted pets. Greenhill Humane Society houses a large variety of dogs, cats, and other small animals in need of permanent homes. The organization provides affordable health plans and generous adoption contracts to make sure the new owner and pet are completely prepared for the transition into their new environment and have all the resources they need to provide adequate care.

However, pet ownership is a long-term commitment, one that need be thoroughly considered before acting. It takes a certain amount of dedication; not only to satisfying their basic needs, but ensuring your pet is socialized, trained, and exercised regularly. Failure to do so often results in social or behavioral problems, which can easily motivate any owner to throw in the towel and head for the nearest adoption center.

For those who cannot offer a lifetime commitment to a pet yet still enjoy being in the company of a furry friend, many of the same shelters offering adoptions also have foster programs. Lane County Animal Services provides a variety of foster program options for pets ranging from newborn to adulthood. The length of the foster stay can be anywhere from a few weeks to several months depending on the specific situation for the foster animal. LCAS takes the time to ensure that they find the right fit for any lifestyle in order to provide the pets with a comfortable place to stay until they move to a permanent home. This way any animal enthusiast can contribute their love and care toward a homeless pet during this transitional stage.

image provided by S.A.R.A

Cats available for adoption at S.A.R.A cat rescue

There are still many other ways to show one’s love for animals. Many of the shelter organizations accept volunteers. They are always in need of helpful individuals to assist with the animals and daily chores. In addition to Greenhill Humane Society and LCAS, Shelter Animal Resource Alliance, a local dog and cat rescue offers many a volunteer opportunities, both short and long term.

Regardless of your situation, if you are an animal lover and want to spread some love to a less fortunate pet there are a list of options, easy to access, and in the local area. So take the initiative during this month of love and beyond to bring some joy to the life of a furry friend. No matter how big or small of contribution is made, some pet, somewhere will appreciate your love.

agruver@uoregon.edu

About agruver

I grew up in Portland, Oregon where I attended high school, and began writing for the school newspaper. I enrolled at Portland State University right after graduation and spent two years beginning my college career and saving for the move. After two long years of working overtime hours and attending night classes I packed up all my belongings and moved to Eugene Oregon to begin studying in the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon. Now, I'm working on a major in journalism and public relations, with a BA minor, just for fun. I want to absorb as much as I can while attending the university, not only to make the most of my college education but to be prepared with as many skills as I can possibly acquire in order to be confident when facing an uncertain job market following graduation!
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