Charitable gifts for four-legged friends. CCGG #21

Blogmas on the CancerCarerChats blog is a daily charitable Christmas gift guide with a twist - each post will feature an idea for a charitable act.  Christmas is a time for giving whether it be for someone you know or for a stranger.  Take the time at this time of the year to do a good deed, just one small act can help someone who is less fortunate than you are.  
As a reminder, my mum was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer in March 2017 when I started this blog to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of ovarian cancer and my life as a carer.  I care for my mum, trying to ease some of the load on her and walk by her side on this journey.  It’s just as hard to watch someone you love go through pain, than to experience it yourself.

It is very easy to forget that aswell as the elderly and the homeless being vulnerable at Christmas, that animals are also vulnerable at Christmas too.  The winter months can be especially difficult in terms of cold and lack of food for wild animals and unwanted pets in animal shelters.  Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.  These cats and dogs crave companionship and experience loneliness just as much as the elderly or the vulnerable.  I wouldn’t recommend you adopt a pet just for the Christmas period but if you are looking for a cat or a dog then the shelter should always be your first choice.  But should you have any spare pet toys, blankets or treats then donate them to your local shelter where they will be gratefully received.   

Plus if you're good with a knitting needle, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has instructions on making knitted blankets, cat toys, and even a bandana for stressed dogs.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
T – Toilet habit changes
E – Energy levels dropping
A – Abdominal pain/ swelling
L – Loss of appetite



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