As we approach the holiday season, there are a few universal themes and lessons we would be right to remember. Gratitude for what we have. The joy of giving. Responding to the suffering of others with generosity and empathy. These are important values in our relationships with our fellow man, but they also apply to our relationship with animals.
If you’re looking for a simple way to spread kindness and care to dogs in need, the Washington County Animal Shelter in Tennessee has a terrific idea. They’re asking for donations of your old winter clothing, which they turn into sweaters for their dogs.
The shelter is heated—don’t worry! But there are still times when it can get drafty, especially with doggy doors that bring in chilly air from outside, and when all the dogs head to the outdoor play area. You can donate your old sweaters as they are, or, if you’d like to try your hand at it, it’s not too hard to make doggy sweaters on your own. Maybe you can make one for your fuzzy buddy, and make an extra for a pup in need!
And of course, there are hundreds of shelters who would welcome a helping paw, especially in the colder climates. You can reach out to your local shelters and never pass up a chance to donate!