Thursday, April 14, 2011

Blog the Change: Anything you do is good enough

You want to know the truth?

I don't care what you do.

Any single, small thing you are willing to do to help secure a better life for animals, be they companion, livestock or wild, is enough for me. Just do something.
  • Write a letter to your legislator about a law you'd like to see implemented or changed.
  • Buy an extra bag (or can) of food and donate it to your local pet food pantry.
  • Help sponsor the spaying or neutering of a companion animal waiting to be adopted at your local shelter.
  • Attend a local government meeting when animal issues are being discussed.
  • Help organize a bake sale, with proceeds to be donated to your local shelter.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your newspaper about the importance of spaying and neutering.
  • Thank a local restaurant for allowing dogs to sit on the patio with you.
  • Sponsor a tree to be planted at your local dog park.
  • If the animal cruelty laws aren't strong enough for your liking, help work to make them tougher.
  • Offer to help one of your local organizations, even if just for an afternoon.
  • Get a few friends together and start your own Operation Happy Sock.
  • Bake some dog treats and deliver them to your local shelter.
  • Bake some people treats and deliver them to your local shelter to thank the staff and volunteers for their work.
  • Add your signature to a petition here or here that addresses an animal issue about which you feel strongly.
  • Put a change jar at your desk or your business to collect funds to donate to your favorite local animal group.
See? I'm not picky at all.

 "I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."  ~Edward Everett Hale

Today is one of the four "Blog the Change" dates set aside each year for pet bloggers. Thanks to Be the Change for Animals and This One Wild Life for the inspiration. Check out what other bloggers are hoping to change:


Vicki Stringfellow Cook said...

I love your idea that whatever you do is fine. If we all something, however small is may be, it will add up to a great big something! Thanks for sharing.

snoopy@snoopysdogblog said...

Hi Vicky,

So many great ideas there, it makes so much sense just to do something, it doesn't have to be grand, it just has to be something.....:)

Thanks for looking out for us animals :)

Your pal Snoopy :)

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

These are all such important reminders- such a great list!

I really like the idea of saying "thank you" wherever possible- at the pet friendly restaurant or retail store... thanking people for standing up for animal rights... all of it.

Thank you!

chandra said...

Love the message - it's my kind of "Just Do It!" And thank you for introducing me to Project Vote Smart!

-Chandra at Daley's Dog Years

CindyLu's Muse said...

Wow! Like minds here :) You provided an excellent, easy to follow list!

K9friend said...

Wonderful suggestions that anyone can do to make a difference for animals!


jen said...

It's easy to find something to do to help make a difference! Great post!and wonderful suggestions!

Kristine said...

Awesome ideas, all. I love the thought that it doesn't have to be something huge or time-consuming, it just has to be something with a lot of heart. Evemn the smallest gestures can make a big difference.

Kim Clune said...

This is such a terrific reminder that it takes so little to make a difference. These small items on are huge when nobody else takes the time to do them and they can create far greater change when everybody does just a little.

Thanks so much for Blogging the Change!

Kim from

Peggy Frezon said...

Love love love your list! Great ideas, and most are so easy to accomplish. This is great. Just do it!
Peggy from

buchelesk9s -- Ken and Laurie Buchele said...

Amen! The longest (and the shortest) journeys begin with just one step. Just do it!!!

Amy said...

Great list and reminder that it doesn't take a huge commitment to make a difference. I think we often stop ourselves from doing anything because we imagine it's going to grow out of control. Your list proves you can make a difference in an afternoon. Thanks!

Amy from and

JenK said...

Great list! It's important to combat the self-defeatist attitudes that small changes won't make a difference - because they do. And they often lead to bigger commitments.

Vicky said...

I'm a big believer in the idea that if everyone does a little, we can all do a lot. My little match may not light the darkness, but I'm willing to bet 1,000 matches will throw a little light.

Every single thing we do, for good or bad, has the power to affect others. No act is too small, no effort is ever wasted.

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

Well put!

Chloe said...

Thanks for coming by, and you are so right. Anything is something and something is better than nothing!

Donna and the Dogs said...

Great post! ANYTHING is better than nothing, so I wholeheartedly agree with you. :-) If everyone did at least one small something, this world would be a better place for animals. And, I'd like to ad, even if you can't do something - Do no harm!

Brian said...

I love you post, and you are so right, something, just something and anything is purrfect! I love Operation Happy Sock, how very fun!

smart paws said...

you are absolutely right the point is dont stand by and do nothing take action

Oz the Terrier said...

GR8 post!!! I love it! If everyone did a little something then a whole LOT of everything would get done for animals in need!
Cairn cuddles, Oz

Jeanne said...

I love the fact that you kept it simple. Anything we do can make a huge difference. And sometimes that's just an encouraging word at the right time when others are in the thick of a desperate situation. I adore the photo you chose for today. I'm a bit of a photog and it put the biggest smile on my face. I hold paws with two of my girls frequesntly. :)

God bless and keep up the good work. Your blog is wonderful! And I've added my follow.


Anonymous said...

Perfect message...sometimes people get so overwhelmed that they think their actions won't make a difference! Every action no matter how small does have an impact!!

AJ of PupLove said...

I'm with the others - I love that you made a list of ideas with the message that every little bit helps.

Jana Rade said...

So true. Any little things is better than making excuses.

Marg said...

That is such a good post with a lot of great suggestions. I totally agree with you,that if we each did one thing, it would be such a big help.Thanks for this post.

Karen Friesecke said...

It's the little things that can make a difference. Every 1000 mile journey beings with just one step.

Lori @ According to Gus said...

I love this post and absolutely agree with you. There are so many ways for people to help.

We were stunned to find out one of our local shelters were in desperate need of bath towels for puppies to snuggle in their kennel. Such an easy thing to donate!

Lavi said...

I came to say thank you for the encouragement, Vicky.

Your ideas are great and I'm sure we all can easily do at least some of them. Here, we also take care of stray dogs when we can.

Pup Fan said...

I'm late making the rounds, but I wanted to say - amazing post! Great message. :)

Oskar said...

This is a really great post. We don't have a lot of extra money, but we bought a huge bag of kibble for a local shelter & are sponsoring the costs of a kitty.

It's so cool that we each CAN make a difference.

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar & Pam


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