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Bring in the New Year

By Jenny Andersonnyr1

Special to Today’s News-Herald

It’s time to make our New Year’s resolutions.  This year I plan to include my companion animals in those positive changes because they are such an integral part of our daily lives.  Even small, meaningful steps will improve our family’s health and happiness.

First, and probably most important, I will really work to maintain an “attitude of gratitude” and remember all the many small blessings we enjoy each day.  When we are out for our early morning walk, or when one of the cats is roosting in my lap, I will live in the moment.   We have so many wonderful moments to share: sunrises, clean air, and impressive vistas to be enjoyed—this year we will savor them all! Perhaps the momentary peace will carry throughout the day.

In 2015 my animals and I will eat healthier with fewer processed foods and more veggies.  And I won’t get upset when one of them tries to lick my plate or share what I have.  Their own dinner will come first.  This year the foods I eat will be safe for them, too.  We could all enjoy being healthier and take off a few unneeded pounds.

2015 will be our year to be more active, too.  We will enjoy more walks, more playtime, and participate in activities which keep us fit and healthy.  Since we live in an ideal environment for outdoor activity, we will thoroughly enjoy the outdoors.  The cats will have the window perches where they can safely enjoy the outside in safety.

This year I promise to focus more attention on my companion animals, for they deserve it.  Our bond will be deeper when we share quality time together.  We will consider ourselves the lucky ones, because we have each other.

The coming year will be one for remembering those companion animals that don’t share the blessings we have, but can be helped.  We will continue supporting organizations which care for them, especially our local WAHS.  We’ll drop donations to Wags to Riches and shop there, too.   An adoption or kennel sponsorship will definitely assist the shelter animals.  S.N.I.P. donations will pay for additional spay or neuter procedures.  And, of course, I won’t forget the investment of time or talent is just good as a monetary donation.  All these will promote better conditions for our current shelter guests. To help or support Western Arizona Humane Society click here

With the support of our community, The Western Arizona Humane Society will continue providing its many animal care services throughout 2015 and beyond.  Happy Year to all!

The shelter will close early New Year’s Eve. 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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