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Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 8:52 am

I know I am not alone when I say that holiday time always feels very busy and stressful. The normal day-to-day stress of balancing work and home is already difficult, but when you pile on the expectations and duties of the holidays, it becomes even worse. This year, I am making the choice to do things differently, and I challenge everyone to do the same. I have decided to slow down and not get wrapped up in the chaos of the holidays, but instead, get wrapped up in the true message of this time of year; family, love, and life.

The Pittsylvania Pet Center and most of the shelters and rescues in the area are seeing more animals in need of our services this year, but with less money coming in. Our Home 4 the Holidays promotion serves to encourage the community to help pets find homes before the end of the year. This is the perfect time to bring home a new pet through adoption or foster care. Even though the idea of putting one more thing on your plate might seem crazy at first, I want to remind you that life is messy; love is messy. We’ve all heard that pets have been proven to reduce stress. Additionally, treasured memories are created by events involving other people and creatures that touch our lives. Let us slow down and decide to change our lives and the lives of pets in need.

The shelters and rescues in the Danville/Pittsylvania area are filled with wonderful pets. The only thing they want is a place where they can receive attention, love, and proper care. Let me tell you about two dogs in particular who have touched the hearts of our staff. Paris and Pearl are little collie mixes that are a couple of years old. We are told that they have never known the inside of a home because their previous owners let them run around on their own and would throw food out to them on occasion. About six months ago, their owners moved away and left them for good to fend for themselves alone. They looked battered, with the harsh reality of being ignored, and not given the love or care they needed. Paris is still unsure what positive attention is, but you know she likes it because of the quick little kisses she gives on your hand in appreciation of getting some loving touches. Pearl still flinches when you reach out to give her head a stroke because she is unsure of what you might do. They both need minor medical attention for conditions that have gone untreated. What really gets me is that this shelter, which is no home for a dog or cat, is probably the best place they have lived in their entire lives. We are all they have. But Paris and Pearl deserve even more; they deserve a warm loving home. As sad as their past is, Paris and Pearl are now focused on the future and what life still holds for them.

For every challenging dog like Pearl and Paris, you will find 10 other dogs and cats who are happy, healthy, and ready to go home. Not every shelter pet is a project. Many are pets that previously lived in comfortable homes, but are now in need of new ones, or they are puppies/kittens who simply started off life in the wrong place. You name the breed; we have had it come through our doors. So don’t buy a pet for your family. Adopt or foster, and bring home the true message of this season; love and life. Slow down, and experience what giving is really all about.

Happy Holidays, and thank you so much for all your support this year! We need everyone’s help to continue our no kill mission, and with every adoption or foster, you are helping us succeed. Visit us today, and watch our Facebook page for all of our holiday happenings.

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