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A Time for Gratitude

By Jenny Andersondog-kisses

Special to Today’s News-Herald

According to some articles I read, being grateful is a vital part of our well-being. When we adopt this attitude, we become happier and better able to deal with the stresses of life.  Assuming an “attitude of gratitude” comes naturally to our companion animals.  They seem ever so thankful for any attention they receive.   Although a companion animal cannot speak, his or her actions speak volumes.  So, if my dog  (or cat) could speak, this is what she might say.

“I am indeed one of the fortunate …I’ve found a forever home.  I have many things now which make me happy:

First and foremost, I have loving people who share their lives with me, including outings and activities.  I now have a place to call home, nutritious food, and will no longer be kept in a small kennel.  An added bonus is that I have daily exercise or playtime with my family.  Third, my daily life has established, daily routines, which comforts me.  Fourth, I get regular veterinary care, which is provided to prevent health problems. Finally, my people always keep my needs in mind when they have to be away from home.

In short, I am considered a member of the family. I wish I could tell you how much it means when one of us is adopted and gets a second chance.  There are millions of us still waiting in shelters across our country…waiting for a good match.  Please keep us in mind when enjoying the holiday season. “   —A Happy Adopted Pet

Adopted and rescued companion animals are so thankful to have a loving family at last, but they can’t tell you that themselves. So on behalf of all adopted animals, especially animals you’ve helped, thank you.  If possible, consider extending generosity to more of our shelter animals.  Check the shelter wish list, shop at Wags to Riches resale shop, volunteer your time, sponsor an adoption, or bring one home.  Come see the special Christmas tree which will be on display at the Lake Havasu Museum of History throughout December. This tree will be featuring some pictures of adoptable animals at WAHS.  Together we can bring shelter animals “home for the holidays”. The animals of the Western Arizona Humane Society are much safer and happier because of your continued support.

There will be a Good Canine Citizen class beginning Dec. 7 at noon. WAHS is proud to offer this 8 week training for just $80. The final test is on the last day.  This training is very helpful in building a strong relationship with your dog.  Call the shelter for registration information.

The Western Arizona Humane Society is open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with kennel hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 855-5083 for details. For found or lost pets, call 855-4111. View animals found at


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