January 24 is “Change a Pet’s Life” day. This “holiday” inspires me because it’s a fundamental part of SVPP's mission — to change pets' lives. We do it by rescuing at-risk cats, dogs and kittens from the municipal shelter, providing the medical and emotional care they need and finding the best possible forever home where they can thrive. At last count, SVPP had rescued 1,190 pets since the organization's founding in 2015. How amazing is that?
The good news is that it’s a two-way street. While we work to change the lives of at risk pets, they are also changing ours. It’s empirical for me, but also scientific. According to many sources, including Fetch by WebMD, there are multiple health benefits to pet ownership. Pets can help lower blood pressure, improve mood, reduce depression, improve fitness level, assist with heart health, strengthen the
immune system and provide support in coping with various medical conditions. How's that for a good start?
In my own experience, pet fostering and adoption has provided some of those benefits and more… a profound sense of purpose, heart-warming satisfaction for improving an at-risk pet’s circumstance and a heap of gratitude that we are able to make a difference. For me, this adds up to a more meaningful life.
As we begin 2020, consider making an impact on a pet's life by volunteering, fostering a pet in need, donating to organizations that do this important work, or by sharing the joys of adoption with your friends and family. Let’s do this with a renewed sense of wonder at the impact we are having on pets' lives...and the impact they are having on ours.
Visit svpetproject.org for information on fostering, adopting and related resources.
Karen Zamel is a long-time SVPP volunteer and a member of the communications team.