I have been trying to save animals since I was a young girl. I remember my parents letting me stay home from school in 4th grade so I could have a funeral in the backyard for a baby squirrel that I had been trying to nurse back to life. I also rescued mice from mud, and birds that fell from their nests. I couldn’t help but be kind to the little creatures I found along my path.
So it is not strange to me that years later as an adult, I find myself still trying to save the voiceless. It’s not intentional. It’s what moves me. I promote dog and cat adoption as often as I can and in 2010, I created Lu Parker Project (link: www.luparkerproject.org) to help homeless animals in area shelters.
The Buddhist religion believes that all souls, small and large, have a soul. I believe that philosophy and often wonder if it’s the reason why I find myself assisting snails to cross sidewalks.
Here are the reasons why I believe being kind and adopting animals can change your life in so many ways. Plus, it’s just plain sexy.
YOU SAVE A LIFE
According the Humane Society of the United States, 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year here in the United States. When you adopt from shelters and rescue groups, you are helping to reduce those numbers. You are saving lives. Remember too that you can foster a pet to make room for others to be rescued. For additional information and help finding a pet, start here: Shelter Pet Project
COOL CAT IN TOWN
Let’s be honest. Adopting is just cool! Knowing that you are able to simply go to your local shelter or rescue group and find a new best furry friend who will be eternally grateful, is super gratifying. And by the way, all my girlfriends agree, men who adopt dogs rather than buying them are so much more sexier. There’s just something about a guy who can say his dog is a rescue.
YOU SAVE MONEY
Buying a pet can easily cost you $500 to $1000 according the Best Friends Animal Society. (link to www.bestfriends.org) Adoption costs range from $50 to $200, depending if the pet comes from a shelter or rescue group. In addition, most shelters will spay or neuter the pooch or kitty, and include a micro-chip in the adoption costs.
PUPPY MILLS SUCK
If you buy a dog or cat from a pet store or online, chances are you are getting he/she from a puppy mill. Puppy Mills are factory farms for dogs. The dogs are often housed in small cages and in poor conditions. Female dogs are bred as frequently as possible. See my Genesis Award Winning report on Puppy Mills here. Also, check out my report on Animal Testing on Beagles
MAKES YOU HAPPY
I can’t imagine my life without my pooch Monkey and my cat Boogie. They greet me at the door every day when I get home with unconditional love. Monkey is my little BFF. I adore him. When you have a pet, they remind you daily that love should have no conditions. Knowing that I saved Monkey from possibly being euthanized breaks my heart every day only because I know there are thousands of dogs and cats out there in shelters just like him who could have a new home if we all just showed up at the shelters to say “Come home with me, forever.” xoxo
As an Emmy and Genesis Award winning journalist, Lu has worked in the television news business as an anchor and reporter for more than two decades. She is also a former Miss USA, author and animal advocate.