January Is Unchain A Dog Month
Do you know of a chained dog near where you live or work? Would you pledge to make this unhappy dog’s life better this year? It doesn’t require a huge time commitment – a little action can go a long way.
Dogs chained outside suffer from loneliness, boredom, and weather extremes that, depending on the climate, can be downright brutal. While some people are uncaring when it comes to their dog’s comfort, others are merely repeating family customs, unaware of what animals need to thrive and be happy.
Please consider what you can commit to, then act. Perhaps bring a daily treat or water bowl refill. Your involvement can greatly improve the quality of life for this unfortunate individual. If you can make the time to take the dog on daily walks, consider approaching a sympathetic member of the dog’s household and, without judgment, volunteer your time. Remember that you are trying to help the dog, not shame the people. A friendly approach will make it more likely that you will be allowed to help the dog.
Over time, the dog’s human family might step in and start doing what they see you doing, as they start to realize they haven’t been ideal dog guardians. There is always more you can do. If your efforts to help are met with hostility, you can see whether there are local ordinances about chaining dogs, or work with your city government to get a law passed.
Please don’t let another year go by while watching a dog suffer. Thanks for making a difference.
For more info contact Anita@idausa.org.
Please join us for this wonderful event!
A reading of
A Christmas Offertory
The Reverend Canon Bradley S.Wirth
December 13, 2012
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
2048 Conn Road
Columbia Falls, Montana
This is Bradley’s original work which centers around a homeless man
and a handful of animals who are drawn together in a most unlikely way
on Christmas Eve. In keeping with the theme of the evening’s reading,
an offering will be taken to benefit
The Humane Society of Northwest Montana
The Spay and Neuter Task Force
The Flathead County Animal Shelter
Peekaboo is my name…finding a forever family is my aim! I was brought into FCAS in Septemeber 2012. It wasn’t just me brought in, however. I was pregnant with 10 ten sweet puppies! Can you imagine it…little girl like me pregnant with 10 puppies?!? I was skin and bones and full of puppies…and now homeless. The nice ladies here at FCAS took me in and gave me some good food to eat to nourish my babies…something I hadn’t had in a long, long time. One of the nice ladies even took me to her very own house, where my puppies were born just 3 days later. I was so grateful to be able to bring my babies into the world in a warm home, where we were all safe and looked after. Eight weeks after my babies were born, we all returned to FCAS. All of my babies have found forever homes…but I still wait for my own.
It wasn’t my choice to have my life turn out this way. The nice people at the shelter take really good care of me, and all my friends here, but I do not belong in a shelter. I long for a family to call my own. I deserve one.
One day, some other really nice volunteers took me to a place called Flathead High School. They said I was an ambassador for my breed. They wanted to show me off to all the kids and prove to everyone just how wonderful I am! I sure loved going to hang out with everyone there. They all loved on me and gave me hugs and kisses…and I soaked up every minute of it! There was food and activity everywhere in that cafeteria and I just pranced around perfectly showing all the people how fabulous Pitbulls really are. The nice volunteers said I would make a perfect therapy dog because I am so easy going and relaxed. When I got back in the car, I fell right asleep. I had a dream that my forever family found me at FCAS and decided to make me part of their family…forever. Hopefully, my dream will come true very soon.
Why the 101 Dalmation photo you ask?!? Because we are joining forces with Whitefish Credit Union to walk in the upcoming Kalispell, “City of the North Parade” this Friday night, Nov. 23! 101 Dalmations is the theme for their float…and FCAS is providing the “Dalmations!” If you are interested in walking with a dog in the parade this year with us, please email Angie at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Come on out and show support for our shelter…and all of our “Dalmations”!!!
Where: Lineup on 8th Street West, just south of the Flathead High School, 5:30 pm
When: Friday, November 23
How: PLEASE wear black and white to go with our theme (i.e. black jackets can get white duct tape spots, vice versa for white coat with black spots). Black or white pants, wigs, etc are encouraged, but PLEASE stick with the theme!