We all want the world to be a better place, but we don’t always go out of our way to do something about it. Sometimes we feel we are too busy, that our efforts won’t really make a difference, or we simply don’t know where to start. But contributing to a better world is often easier than we make it out to be. One 89-year-old woman found a way to use a simple hobby to make a significant difference for shelter pups in need.
Two Knitting Needles, Some Yarn, And 450 Warm Dogs
Maisie Green, 89 years old, from Basildon, England decided to spend her free time in a productive and positive way by knitting doggie coats and blankets and donating them to her local dog shelter, Dogs Trust.
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Dogs Trust has been caring for, sheltering, and homing dogs all over the United Kingdom since 1891. And while Maisie wasn’t around when the organization began, of course, Dogs Trust says that she has been donating hand-knitted blankets and sweaters to them for many years.
“It keeps me busy and I often like to knit whilst I watch television,” Maisie shared. “I’m delighted to be helping the four-legged residents of the center in some way.”
Even at her age, Maisie didn’t give herself any excuses for not doing her part. She found a way to turn something she enjoyed into something that could help others and made it a part of her daily routine. And her knitted goods are very well loved at the Dogs Trust shelters, keeping the pups warm and comfortable even during the colder months.
5 Ways To Give To Your Local Pups
Maybe you want to help out at your local shelter but don’t have yarn or needles, and couldn’t knit a blanket to save your life anyway. Lucky for you, there are plenty of other simple ways to lend a paw to your furry friends.
1. Send A Buck Or Two
This is by far the quickest and easiest way to help your local animal shelter. Most shelters and rescues run completely on donations and are always in need of some extra funds.
If you have a bit more free time and want to get a little more hands-on, offer yourself as a volunteer. Most shelters are glad to have you refill water bowls, give out toys, clean up after the pups, or even take them out for a walk. It’s a great opportunity to show these animals a bit of love.
3. Donate Doggie Supplies
Maybe you’re not so hot at hand-making blankets, but anyone can donate blankets they don’t use! Collect any towels, sheets, or blankets you have lying around the house and your local shelter will definitely be able to put them to good use. You can also call the shelter and ask if they have need of anything specific such as leashes, beds, or collars.
4. Use Your Photo Skills
People are more likely to adopt a dog that has an adorable photo. So whether you’re a professional photographer or you just like snapping photos every once in a while, take your camera to the shelter and have a doggie photo session.
5. Foster Or Adopt
If you get the chance to adopt from a shelter, you could really change a dog’s entire life as well as your own. But if adopting isn’t an option for you, many shelters are glad to find people willing to foster a pup short term. Fostering is not only helpful to the pet that you take into your home, but you’re also able to open up a spot at the shelter for another dog, which is equally helpful.
Changing The World In Your Own Way
Whether you’re a knitting master or not, there are lots of ways to support your local animal shelter or rescue. And there are even more ways to support other causes for good in the world. Just by taking a couple minutes from your day, or a couple dollars from your wallet, you can truly change the world for the better.