Welcome to a brand new year! I love a fresh beginning where we have the entire year ahead of us.
It’s a great time to take stock of what we want to achieve this year. We have 365 days to accomplish great things for our community, our loved ones and ourselves.
I have given thought to my New Year’s resolutions and wanted to share just a few of them with you. As you might imagine since I am the mascot, my resolutions involve my nonprofit animal welfare group, Central Georgia Cares. Cares and I will continue our mission of helping more people and animals stay safe, healthy and happy in 2015.
1. Advance my perpetual, critically important message of having pets spayed and neutered. This is such a vital action to take both from a health perspective for pets and as a means of population control for our community. If you haven’t had your pet altered yet, please make the appointment before the week is out.
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2. Help Cares regularly provide pet food and veterinary care for the pets of about 90 Meals on Wheels recipients. That way Cares can help their beloved pets stay well fed and healthy, and help the people stay well fed since they no longer have to share their human food with their pets.
3. Work with Cares on our Unchain Macon project to identify people who love their dogs and, for whatever reason, have them on chains. We’re working to get more dogs off chains and into spacious, secure kennels as well as making sure the dogs are vaccinated and neutered.
4. Continue to host low-cost vaccination clinics throughout Middle Georgia that are open to the public so folks can make sure their dogs and cats are protected against disease, including rabies, at very reasonable prices.
5. Further my work teaching humane education to kids and adults alike. It’s through learning about compassionate care of all of those around us that will help us become a more empathetic and loving society.
6. Promote my Facebook page, which is truly a labor of love helping to reunite lost pets with families, keeping people informed of newsworthy topics, networking to help homeless pets find homes and emphasizing the need for proper identification and microchipping for pets.
7. Collaborate with businesses, schools and community groups to help rescue groups find homes for even more adoptable pets through my Cares Homeless Pet Club and my Cares Homeless Pet Club Facebook page.
8. Assist local rescue groups with needs they have and help promote their mission.
These are just a few of Cares’ and my resolutions for the new year, and I would invite you to become an active participant. Contact me on Facebook or email if you’d like to join in and help.
I did consider adding resolutions that I would eat less and exercise more in the new year, but it was just a fleeting thought I was able to extinguish with a milk bone. Whew, that was a close call.
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