Furry friends

I’ve talked a lot in my blogs to date about how we can change people’s days, outlooks and possibly even their lives by carrying out random acts of kindness.

What about turning our attention to our furry friends too, though?

Fair enough, a stray dog won’t have a clue what you’re on about if you stop to compliment his shiny coat, but what about giving him a tiny foodie treat, or a little bit of a cuddle (only if you believe he’s friendly though!)

I hear countless RAOKs about people helping the homeless, and whilst this is absolutely wonderful, we should remember that there are animals out there without homes, too. What can we do for them?

Again I would stress that if you’re going to help a stray or wild animal, please put your own safety first, but giving them access to food, water, shelter or a little bit of love is more often than not a great thing to do. I don’t know about you, but it fills me with so much joy every time I see videos on social media of people helping out distressed, destitute or disorientated creatures.

There are other things you can do too, though. Volunteer to be a dog walker at your local shelter, donate some bedding for the cat pens, or go and buy some food or toys for the animals to play with.

If you’re not an animal lover, then think about how you might help them indirectly and thus do your bit for RAOK. I once took a massive box of donuts to our local animal shelter to say thank you on behalf of the animals to the staff and volunteers who go through blood, sweat, tears and worse in order to help these creatures out. My thought process was that if these people felt valued, then they would be inspired to continue to fulfil a much-needed role in our society.

Not everyone will be an animal lover, so I’ll just sum up this blog by paraphrasing a great quote I saw in an ad campaign somewhere a few years back, and that is this:

If you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.

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