AC Pup: Volunteering is great idea for 2014

January 3, 2014 

Happy New Year! It’s a brand new year filled with so much promise for all of us.

One big thing that 2014 holds for us is the debut of my first AC Pupfest at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, in conjunction with the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home. We’ll celebrate my fifth birthday, and we’ll also celebrate the kids at the children’s home and the people in Middle Georgia.

If you like arts and crafts, terrific health screenings, the latest information about your pets, great food, wonderful music, dancing and an innovative entertaining event, please make plans to attend. There will be something for everyone -- young, old and in between!

Last year was pretty awesome, but I have a feeling 2014 is going to be an incredible year for making Macon an even more animal-friendly community. We have so much we can accomplish this year, and we have wonderful caring people willing to help.

We’ve repeatedly seen how kind people are when it comes to helping animals and people in need. We’ve seen it in a community turning out to help a rescue group in crisis, and we’ve seen it in people making a way for a disabled man to be reunited with his dog.

If you’ve been looking for a chance for you and your family to plug in to community service, the beginning of a new year is a great time to start. Why not include involvement in community service in your New Year’s resolutions?

There are so many great causes out there that need volunteers. You can just find one that interests you and sign up. You’ll be surprised how rewarding volunteering is and how much you’re needed.

You see, if you’re helping animals, people or both, the demand is great. There are always those in need. One of the things I’ve learned in my lifetime is that if everyone pitches in to help others, then the burden is shared. And after all, isn’t that what we’re called to do, to share each others’ burdens?

Another fabulous benefit of volunteering is that you actually help rejuvenate the existing volunteer force, give them new excitement for their cause and let them know they’re not alone. This is especially true in animal rescue.

The people who have worked or volunteered in animal rescue for years sometimes experience burnout from the sheer nature of rescue work. There is even a name for it. It’s called compassion fatigue.

When new volunteers sign up to help, it encourages veteran rescuers and can help stave off compassion fatigue. When there are more people to share the load, the load doesn’t seem quite so heavy.

Isn’t that a great way to start the new year? Choose your cause and sign up to become a lean, mean volunteering machine in ’14!

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