Happy Pet Month and Happy Mother’s Day! Shown here is sweet Charlie and his dedicated mom, Jane . . . this is true unconditional love! We are so proud to feature Charlie’s story and “Project Unconditional,” Jane’s creation, in our current issue of Tales & Treats. In the spirit of Mom’s and pets everywhere, please show your love and gratitude each and every day! See more about Charlie and Jane below.
“Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.”—Anonymous
May is National Pet Month, so show some love for your furry – and not so furry – friends!
Adopt: The best way to help a pet waiting on a forever home? Be that forever home! If you’re looking to add a pet to your family, please consider adopting through your local shelter or rescue. You’ll get a lifelong friend in return!
Donate: Every bit counts! If you are unable to donate financially, you can always donate your time, skills, or supplies.
Educate: The best way to end pet homelessness is to help others understand the problem. Sharing articles on social media, writing a letter to the editor of your local paper, and volunteering at adoption events are all effective ways to make your voice heard and to spread the message in your community!
Share: Besides being a great way to keep up with the family and friends, social networks like Facebook and Twitter are useful for finding forever homes for adoptable pets. Share an available cat or dog to your social networks to help that pet find a home!
Train: Are you a master at teaching your pup to sit, lie down, or stay? Share your expertise at a rescue or shelter! Knowing some basic commands can help many dogs to be more adoptable.
Play: Who doesn’t love a little one on one attention? Playing with sheltered cats or dogs will help to socialize them more quickly, making them more likely to find forever homes.
Foster: Not sure you have the time or resources to dedicate to adding a pet to your family permanently? You can foster a pet temporarily until the right forever home is found. It’s a wonderful way to give back, as well as an opportunity to see what having a pet is all about before you make a lifetime commitment yourself.
Volunteer: Volunteers are essential to helping shelters and rescues achieve their mission of finding forever homes for pets. Just a few hours a month will make a world of difference!
Join the conversation on social media to see how others are taking part and add your own ideas by using #PawItForward!
“The story in Tales and Treats is dedicated to my boy Charlie, whose unconditional love helped make everyday a better day and was with me and gave me encouragement and love to help navigate the waters through the creation of my “Project Unconditional.”
“When I started my project, my Goldendoodle Charlie was 5 years old, in the prime of his life. I never imagined Charlie getting older. He was the energizer bunny! He was ageless.
Charlie was perpetually joyful and silly. He was an accomplished obedience dog (he heeled beautifully…when he wanted to), and made so many kids and hospital patients smile during his therapy dog visits. He was a happy boy dressed up in one of the silly costumes we would put him in – a lion’s mane or even a pink tutu!”
6/17/2007 – 10/23/2019
~ Jane Sobel Klonsky, Charlie’s mom
Published by National Geographic, Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love is a captivating collection of photographs and anecdotes by photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky celebrating our love and special bond with older dogs. The book offers a sampling of the 300+ stories captured by Jane since starting the project in 2012.