5 New Year's Resolutions You and Your Kids Can Make to Help Cats
Before the ball drops in Times Square, many people mentally create personal intentions -- or resolutions -- for the coming year. Health- and financial-related resolutions are widely popular; it seems like a good time of year to finally make commitments to trim that weight and debt. Sometimes we keep our promises to ourselves ... at least for the month of January. Others possess laser focus and make some life-changing improvements.
I'm someone who doesn't usually make resolutions at the beginning of the year. I prefer to create intentions for myself year-round and adjust them as I feel necessary. It makes me feel less stressed out about breaking promises and only having one time of year to commit to helping myself and others.
For those of you who do enjoy resolving for the new year, have you considered including your family in some of your resolutions? Have you thought about planning ways for you and your kids to help cats in need? Coming together as a family can produce powerful creative energy and passion. Here are five unique ways your family can collaborate to help our feline friends in the coming year.
1. Remember volunteers
It's not that uncommon to see people dropping off donations for shelter cats, but how often do we remember to appreciate the volunteers who love and take care of these kitties on a daily basis?
Over the last couple of years, my kids and I do our best to remember these caring individuals when we stop by our local shelter with goodies for the cats. I usually bake brownies or cookies, and you wouldn't believe the joy and gratitude with which we're met. So please resolve to regularly bring donations to cats, but don't forget the ones who are the hands and hearts of the shelter.
2. Holiday-themed donations
Some organizations and individuals organize group donations during the Christmas season. Why stop there? How about putting together a Valentine's Day-themed donation? Or Halloween? Or even 4th of July?
The month of December is a popular time for most people to step up to help -- and that's fantastic, but the need is also there during the other 11 months of the year. How fun would be it to stop by with a stack of homemade Valentine's Day cards, along with cat toys and shelter supplies? And maybe some heart-shaped cookies for the volunteers? Do it!
3. Help big cats
We tend to keep small cats on our radar, but what about the big guys who need a voice and daily care? Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the country dedicated entirely to the cause of abused and abandoned big cats. Your family can help Big Cat Rescue by donating money, sponsoring cats, signing and sharing petitions and supporting in a host of other ways. Educating ourselves and our kids, and reaching out to help big cats is a valuable way to "think globally, act locally."
4. Make your house a donation spot
When my kids were little, we kept a plastic tub in our entryway and encouraged our friends and family to remember our house as a shelter donation drop-off spot. We didn't collect a ton, but people did remember to occasionally bring a bag of cat food, a pack of paper towels, or a few cat toys when they stopped by for a visit. My kids' friends especially enjoyed bringing goodies and taking inventory of what was in the tub. In my experience, people want to help --make it easy for them!
5. Create a fun and educational blog
I've been blogging five years and, honestly, was initially intimidated by the prospect of setting up a blog and adding interesting and entertaining content. I'm here to tell you that once I got started, I laughed at myself because it was amazingly simple and really fun to maintain.
There are several platforms to use -- I have always used Blogger because it's free (unless you want to purchase a personalized domain), completely simple and self-explanatory. I know WordPress has a free option as well, but I found -- at least for the less tech-savvy beginner -- Blogger was a great choice.
Brainstorm with your family about your blog's purpose. Will you educate about ways to help cats in need? Will you post fun cat cartoons and jokes? Will you share personal stories and photos? Will you include all of the above? There really aren't any hard and fast rules as far as content. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
Kids can help develop a blog name and content, and older children can even assist in the post maintenance. It's also a good idea to connect with other pet bloggers -- BlogPaws is a fabulous network with which to share your blog and connect with other like-minded bloggers.
Do you have unique ideas for family-style resolutions to help cats? Share them in the comments!
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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in a comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.