Frank C. Raymer DDS is lending a paw this holiday season with a donation drive for shelter animals! As the holidays approach us and the season of gift-giving begins, we decided to give back to our local community. Most of you are probably already aware that all of us here at Dr. Raymer’s office are huge animal lovers so it was only fitting for us to host our very own donation drive! Irvine Animal Care Center is always accepting donations and they have provided us with their own “wish list” that consists of items that are constantly needed at the center. To encourage donations we will be entering every person who donates, into a raffle to win a free in-office Laser Whitening session! If you do not have the time to get the items to give but also want to take part, we will be accepting check donations written out to the Irvine Animal Care Center as well! Check out the wish list on Irvine Animal Care Center's website!
This donation drive means a lot to all of us here in the office but especially to our hygienist Francie. Francie adopted Georgia her German shepherd from none other than the Irvine Animal Care Center itself. Georgia was a “last chance” dog at a high kill shelter, Irvine Animal Care Center had the space to take her in. Francie had lost her beloved 16-year-old dog, Dolly. At first, the family was devastated and refused the thought of bringing in another dog but something was missing…the house felt empty and that’s when Francie and her family decided to visit their local animal shelter. They made plenty of visits and soon enough she received a call on her birthday from her son…there’s a dog he wanted her to go see, he knew she was the one and wanted his mom to meet her. Upon meeting, she knew she had found her match! At the time Georgia was very sick and underweight but that didn’t stop Francie and her family from adopting. Now, Georgia is living her best life and she loves her family. She’s healthy and doing well, Francie and her family couldn’t imagine their life without precious Georgia.
Food, Vaccinations, flea control, toys, beds etc. Pet owners understand the cost associated with caring for their pet or pets. Shelters deal with financial challenges all the time, pet food companies often donate food to shelters however, most shelters still rely heavily on the generosity of people who can donate money to help pay for everyday expenses for those animals who are sick.
Other ways to help animal shelters:
Money isn’t the only way you can donate, you can help out by giving your local shelter time. Time is just as important and appreciated as money and items. Shelters depend on volunteers to help stretch their yearly budgets. You could be asked to help with office work, organize donation campaigns, groom pets, unload donations, exercise dogs, play with pets, clean cages or even be a foster parent for a pet needing some TLC after an illness or surgery. Another way to volunteer is to donate photography or marketing skills, shelters are always looking for ways to get their pets into new homes and your photography skills may do the trick!
The work and time that these organizations perform daily has helped save lives of countless pets. Cats and dogs don’t ask us for a lot yet they give us everything they have in the form of unconditional love. Animals have no safety net in society, no voices of their own and very few rights under the law. They touch our hearts and change our lives and that was proven clear during Hurricane Katrina, when many people refused rescue and risked death rather than abandon their pets. Furthermore, research has shown that owning a pet can increase both longevity and well-being.
Why Adopting is important:
Yes, it is important to take good care of a pet, but pets can also take care of their owners by providing both physical and mental health benefits. Pet ownership has actually been shown to help lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and feelings of loneliness. Six to eight million dogs wait to be adopted from animal shelters. Unfortunately, many are euthanized each year due to overcrowding.
Adopting a shelter animal not only gives your pet a second chance in a happy home, but can also save it from being euthanized in an overcrowded shelter. A big myth about shelter pets is that all of them have behavioral issues or have been rescued from abuse. However, many shelter animals end up there because their owners sadly can no longer care for them. Shelter and rescue staff work very hard to prepare all animals for the transition to a new home and family. Animals undergo full physicals when brought to a shelter and many shelters actually have veterinary clinics on site to treat any medical issues that may arise. Many pet stores and even some breeders do not offer the same health services prior to adoption. Rescue animals are often micro-chipped and vaccinated and many shelters spay and neuter animals before adoption.
Shelters provide a space for animals of all different breeds, shapes, ages, sizes and personalities. You are sure to find an animal that fits your personality, lifestyle and will serve as your perfect companion.