There seem to be two types of animal lovers: those who think on a large scale but choose to do their part on an individual basis, making sure that their own personal pets are cared for, healthy and happy; and those whose frame of mind is similarly global, but who choose to address the problem of animal homelessness and mistreatment with blanket financial support. Both types of animal affinity are needed, all over the country. Here in Greater Portland, there are events coming up to suit everybody, no matter how broad or narrow their focus.
For the blanket supporters (who happen to like to read), we offer a reminder of the ARLGP’s Book Talk and Author Meet & Greet with their former shelter volunteer, Amy Sutherland, the Boston Globe columnist who has written a memoir entitled Rescuing Penny Jane. (See our write-up from last issue.) The event is on Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at the Refuge League’s Westbrook facility (217 Landing Rd). A portion of book proceeds go to aid the agency’s rescue and care efforts.
For Phoenix readers who prefer to keep it local (so local that they might get a new bedmate), the Animal Welfare Society, the no-kill shelter in Kennebunk, is teaming up with the flagship Planet Dog store (211 Marginal Way) for an Adoption Day on Saturday, March 25 from noon to 2 p.m. Go and see the adoptable pets, but go prepared: your favorite dog, cat, kitten or puppy might make the kind of eye contact with you that means a major change in both your lives. As usual for these Saturday events, staff and volunteers will be able to complete adoption paperwork with you on site. Are you ready to improve the life of a canine or feline soul, for the better?
Act big, or act small, but do your part. These days, animals and humans alike need the positive energy that stems from acts of kindness and love.