Have you ever noticed how good you feel when you do something for others? Whether you’re helping to relieve the suffering of another or if you’re doing something to brighten someone else’s day, there’s no other feeling like helping.
Doing something to make life a little easier for another is a privilege. The effort seems to bless the one helping as much as it does the recipient.
My nonprofit animal welfare organization, Central Georgia Cares, has been really busy trying to do what we can to help. Our mission is to help both animals and people in our community, and it’s what we enjoy doing.
One of our favorite things to do is to help those heroes we know as animal rescuers. Those are selfless people who take in homeless pets until families can be found.
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Some of them have actual shelters and house a number of homeless pets. Some of them are fosters and take a few at a time into their homes.
They typically provide all the care, including food and medical attention, at their own expense. This can be a demanding responsibility for an indefinite period of time since rescuers keep the pets until the best family can be found.
The list of rescuer needs is extensive, and since most of them are nonprofit organizations, they rely on the kindness of others to help them continue to provide care to the animals. That’s why Cares was delighted to recently share some supplies with them.
We found ourselves with tons of cleaning solution and training aides for puppies and dogs. We knew rescue groups and fosters could use it.
So last weekend we invited rescue groups, fosters and people who help care for animals out to the airport where the supplies were located. And the rescue groups came prepared.
Some brought large SUVs, trucks and trailers. And some came prepared with workers to help them move heavy boxes.
The event was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. but at 9:30 a.m., rescuers were already there. We had so much product that we were certain we would have a surplus. We even made arrangements on where the remaining items could be stored.
But watching the people who provide hands-on care to the animals reminded me of how great the need to help others is. The supply quickly diminished from tons of products to none. We didn’t need the contingency plan of where the surplus would be taken after all.
In fact, in just a matter of minutes the ever-prepared rescuers and their eager workers had loaded up the entire inventory. They were grateful for every case they could take, and Cares was only too happy to share. It was a great day for us all.
This is just one example of how we can help others. Opportunities to bless someone’s life are not hard to find. They are numerous.
If you want to fill your heart with joy, I’ll let you in on a secret: It’s really easy to do.
First, adopt a new furry family member from a shelter or rescue group. Then, do a kind deed for someone else. Try it, and joy will abound. Works every time.
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