How Pets Can Make the World a Better Place

We’ve already seen how comfort dogs have helped with the pain, grief, and loss of the Boston Marathon bombings, not to mention the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas.

These are very special canines, bred and trained to provide comfort and to sense people’s emotional state. Not everyone can have such an extraordinary animal as a pet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your position as pet owner to make the world just a little bit better in your own way.

One thing you can do is get out of the house and make some connections. True, you’ve got hundreds of friends on Facebook, but what about taking a walk and actually, physically saying hi to people? It can be a little intimidating and awkward, but that’s where your furry friend comes in. Is there a better ice-breaker on the planet than a cute pooch? And if you meet up with other dog owners, you might even be able to set up doggie play dates. See that? You’re making friends and new connections, and you didn’t even have to power up your computer.

And did you know that your animal can give blood? We saw amazing acts of selflessness after the recent tragedies, but few considered that there were injured pets that needed blood just as much as the injured people did. There are companion animal blood banks out there for just such donations. Requirements vary from state to state, but generally speaking, there isn’t much risk associated with your pet giving blood. So the next time there’s a blood drive, sign yourself up and your four-legged friend too.

Finally, and easiest of all, post pictures of your pet online. The pictures can be of anything — a dog taking a nap, a cat fascinated by a feather duster, a parrot stealing a cracker — and they can really boost someone’s spirits no matter where they are.

The real heroes of these tragedies do major things to help, but you can do small things that make a big difference. Grab your pet and get involved today!

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