Imagine Trying to Sleep in a Scary Animal Shelter on a Cold Concrete Floor
By Susan Rosenberg, Director of International Animal Programs
“No animal should be abused, neglected or abandoned, spending its existence in fear, pain, and hunger but instead have the right to live a life filled with love and compassion.” These are the words of Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL) based in Southern California. Every month, OBOL donates food, treats, blankets, towels, pet beds, leashes, collars, harnesses, toys, pet clothes and other supplies to more than 1,000 homeless animals in shelters, rescue groups, pets of the homeless and wildlife sanctuaries. Studies show blankets and comfort items make shelter animals feel calm, safe, warm and comfortable. Potential adopters can picture them in their homes. These items improve the homeless animal’s quality of life, helping them become more outgoing and affectionate, leading to increased adoptability and reduced euthanasia.
Last month I spent some time with Eileen and Brad of OBOL at an event. I happened to mention that a shelter in another area of California was in trouble. Their budget ran out, and so did their supplies. Without any hesitation, and without even mentioning their plan, OBOL showed up at that very shelter with a van full of much-needed supplies to not only help the animals but to save the shelter workers and volunteers. Shelter workers often spend their own money to make up for the shortcomings of a budget. Why? Because they care about and love the animals as much as we all do.
We hear all too often about what’s wrong with the world; I’m happy to report some of what’s right, especially the animal world. Thank you, Eileen and Brad, for your tireless work for the animals and the people who care for them.