Our theme for day 2 of Project Impact 2016 was Animal Welfare. Animals of all types play a big role in our everyday lives – as service animals, work animals, agricultural stock, and as members of our families. They help us, and we help them.
We spent the morning making cat toys for Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary: rattling and rolling pill bottles wrapped in catnip-infused hemp rope, and catnip sock balls. We then took our creations, along with camper-donated cat food, blankets, towels and other pet paraphernalia to Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary where we socialized with the more than 200 cats and kitten in residence, awaiting permanent homes. That’s a lot of furry love! We also toured the Spay & Neuter Clinic which helps control the local animal population and in turn reduce the number of animals in need of homes. Some campers were even able to view a surgery in progress, and the recovery room.
The afternoon was spent walking and socializing with both cats and dogs at the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society including some of the more than 70 dogs that were recently saved from neglect in Brooks County this past March. The Humane Society is currently at full capacity (350 animals in need of homes) so our campers were a welcome sight for both animals and staff. We were also proud to present more camper-donated pet items to support their cause!
Petting dogs and cats – although that is basically what we did today, the experience went much deeper. These animals spend their days with little human contact and confined to specific areas and/or cages while they await their forever homes. When volunteers come to socialize with the animals, it brings joy to both participants, and helps the animals adapt to being around people, which them makes them more adoptable. If you are looking to add a new furry friend to your family, please consider a rescue pet!