Looking for someone to love you just the way you are?

A s the saying goes, “A dog is a man’s best friend,” but just how far will your furry friends go to show how much they care?

Their loyalty and friendship for their owners are the rewards that a passionate owner will receive. They love you unconditionally. It doesn’t matter if you have not brushed your teeth, gained a few pounds or whatever is going on in your life, they are just waiting to be loved. Our family was raised that our animals were part of the family, along with all their responsibilities. Pet responsibility is something that needs to be taken into consideration when choosing to bring a new best friend home.

There are so many animal lovers that many hotels and restaurants are now catering to our pets. You can find them by looking for anything that advertises “pet friendly.” How cool is that? Even our pets’ food has changed—some owners feed their pets organic only. They are not just pets, and for some, they have taken the place of having children, and they make great companions for anyone that is single, so they don’t feel alone.

There are many organizations that are so passionate about making a difference with homeless animals or animals that have been given up. Some organizations save animals from shelters, and others help stray cats. Some help veterans find animals or house their animals when they can’t. I never really thought about this until my mother passed away. Who will take care of your pets if something happened to you?

With my radio show, I work with many nonprofits that are making a difference. Paw Works is one of them; their mission is to help make Ventura County “no kill” by forming a rescue organization designed to place unwanted animals from county and city shelters in permanent homes. They hope to help ease the tragic burden that is created when owners abandon their pets and fail to spay or neuter them.

The Herman Bennett Foundation is another organization that helps qualified low-income pet owners spay and neuter their cats and dogs. Their goal is to “make a difference.” They also have a Feral Cat Program, which provides vouchers for spaying or neutering feral cats. I also want to mention, with donations, they assist in helping with retired military/service dogs’ medical assistance.

If you’re thinking about how you might be able to help, there are many ways: donations, volunteering and, of course, spaying and neutering your animals plays a major role in helping control the animal overpopulation and preventing the needless death of cats and dogs. These organizations are excellent choices to support. I know I’ve only mentioned a few, as these are the ones I am currently working with.

Listen to the Kim Pagano Show Saturdays from 6-8 a.m. on 1590 KVTA, visit KimPaganoShow.com 
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