7 Reasons to visit 'Sydney Dogs & Cats' this weekend
1. Adopt a furry friend. Truly, instead of gawking at a giraffe at the zoo of a weekend, gaze into the eyes of a sweet, probably scared and in need of a good loving home Golden Retriever, Jack Russell or Pug. Or Labrador, Sausage dog or Maltese Terrier. Or Chihuahua, Husky or… you get the doggy drift! These are animals in need. After volunteering for only 1 day at Sydney Dogs & Cats, I strongly urge you to adopt a pet from a shelter instead of buying one.
2. Do something worthwhile your time.
It's confronting to see so many lost and abandoned pups for sure, but we are wired to be compassionate and every time we give our time and love to others there is an overwhelming sense of joy that comes from within. Instead of the usual brunch with friends on the weekend, visit the pound and make a pup happy. That's more meaningful, isn't it?.
3. Sensitise your children towards animals. Growing up I was never allowed any pets. I missed out on a lot! And as a result, I was the most awkward first time dog walker at Sydney Dogs & Cats. But I loved every moment and felt like I was 5 years old again. In today's modern techy world urban kids seldom get the chance to interact with animals. Nurture your child's caring behavior by taking them to the shelter where they can meet animals of different species and interact with them. "The best way to teach them is to show them".
Donate, or contribute with food supplies, medications, bedding materials, etc. OR sign up to be a volunteer. The Shelter is always looking for helpers and I can vouch for the very rewarding, grounding and joyful job that it is.
5. Get a dose of inspiration We humans get so caught up in daily trivial issues and lose sight of the bigger picture. A visit to Sydney Dogs & Cats is enough to make you gain a new perspective on life. Shelters are full of amazing animals: a three-legged dog joyously frolicking around, an elderly shelter dog who is friendly with humans despite her painful past. Meet these animals and be inspired?
6. Meet Like-minded People & Make Friends! A shelter is a good place to meet animal-loving folks. A visit or volunteering for a few hours every week can earn you some amazing like-minded human friends along with the non-human ones.
7. Rediscover Yourself! Animals are innocent, forgiving and trusting, their positive energy is infectious. Connect with them, cuddle a puppy, kiss a kitty, talk to a goat. Reconnect with nature and rediscover yourself. Seeing these lost or abandoned furry friends grounds you and reconnects you to your empathetic side
NOTE: Sydney Dogs & Cats is a busy place doing serious work. Please coordinate with the staff or volunteers before visiting and let a member of the staff or a volunteer guide you on your first visit and familiarise you with the place and the animals.