Rescue pet shelters are always in need of our help, from additional operational funds, to food, to a helping hand, they depend on the giving nature of their communities. These shelters represent the frontline of pet rescue and adoption across the country, helping to place millions of pets in forever homes and saving others from horrible and deadly situations. Without their hard work and endless dedication, these helpless animals’ lives would be worse off.
The ASPCA reports that over 6.5 million animals enter rescue shelters each year, 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats. They also report that over 3.2 million of these rescues will find forever homes each year, leaving shelters to care for over 3.3 million pets per year. There are over 5000 animal shelters operating in the U.S. and over 70 million U.S. households report owning at least one pet. With numbers this large, you now can understand how important donations are to their ability to serve the needs of these innocent animals.
But one no-kill shelter in Illinois are asking for a different kind of donation, comfortable house chairs! Yes, house chairs, not money. It all started with a rescue dog named Buster Brown, who guarded the front desk at The Knox County Humane Society in Galesburg. Buster Brown loved to sit in a seat while guarding the front desk, so workers decided to get him his own comfy chair. And the rest is history, Buster Brown loved the chair so much that they decided to place the chair in his cage at night. The effect was amazing, he slept right through the night and seemed more relaxed. So they decided to get all the dogs chairs!
The organization posted a video of the dogs and their chairs on facebook and it quickly went viral, racking up over 14 million views. Click below to check it out!
After seeing the video, local animal lovers got involved and started collecting chairs for the animals at the shelter. “A home environment, or a little comfort,” said neighbor Sharron Ervin, who collected 11 chairs on Tuesday to donate to Knox County’s shelter. “So many abused, so many homeless, so many strays, I mean there’s so many dogs in need.”
The video also helped to spread the idea to other rescue shelters across the country. After seeing the video online, a rescue shelter in Idaho asked local supporters to collect as many chairs as they could find. “They have kennels similar to ours and have comfy chairs for the dogs to sleep in,” West Valley Humane Society wrote online. “It provides a little bit of home while the dogs are waiting for theirs.”
We at Digital Doggy love this trend and ask all our followers to contact your local shelters and see if they are in need of comfy chairs for their animals. Anything we can do to help these animals live a more comfortable life, we believe is worth doing.