Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | December 29, 2009

2010 New Year Resolutions

Set Your Resolutions with Spades...

Set Your Resolutions with Spades…

Starting off the year as a homeless pet at the Second Chance Humane Society Shelter was not what I had planned.  But my number one New Year Resolution is to be adopted by a forever family within one week.  After I am adopted I can focus on my true purpose – helping others stick to their resolutions…

As was discussed in last year’s “Resolutions” Pet Column, resolutions are tricky things,  typically forgotten shortly after they are conceived because they tend to be dull and about “not” doing something rather than positive growth.  Resolving that “I will not eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for breakfast” only makes one crave Ben & Jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie ice cream all day long.   So let’s resolve to make our resolutions positive and empowering!  Below are some fresh ideas for all Pet Column readers:

5 Easy Resolutions for an Amazing 2010:

  1. Live & Love like each day is the first and last day of your life (just observe your pets if you are unsure how to approach this).
  2. Be thankful (again – allow your adopted pet to guide you in this).
  3. Learn new stuff daily (be as curious as a cat and adventuresome as a dog).
  4. Have a fit of exuberance every day (for guidance: visit the shelter and watch the young ones play).
  5. Repeat steps 1-4.

Below I have also included my sage advice on planning your 2010 year to-do list (not quite as invigorating as resolutions but important nonetheless):

  1. Schedule your pet’s annual visit to the vet (and get that spay/neuter done if you have been putting it off).
  2. Look into purchasing pet health insurance or plan on setting aside money each month for emergency vet bills.
  3. Micro-chip or put a collar with an updated ID tag on your dog or cat. (Watch for Second Chance Micro-chipping clinics for affordable micro-chips in 2010).
  4. Research different pet diets and get your pet on the most feasible one for health and longevity.
  5. Volunteer some of your time or donate to a local animal shelter or rescue.
  6. Adopt a pet from a shelter. Let this be the year you give one (or more) a second chance at life.

And to my potential adoptive family: I, “Spades”, resolve to be your teacher and guide in the true Art of Living (See above under “5 Resolutions…”).  Happy 2010 All!!!

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online: www.secondchancehumanesociety.org.  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.

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