5 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Dog

“According to predictions in the Chinese horoscope, the Year of the Earth Dog in 2018 is going to be a good year in all aspects. Fresh and refreshed, the Earth Dog will accelerate the initiation of all things new. Year 2018 is the ideal time to start eating healthy, doing sports, and getting rid of bad habits. The Year of the Earth Dog will also bring many changes economically and they would signify growth. The dog being man’s best friend understands the human spirit and obeys its master, whether he is wealthy or not. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune.”

Here are some ways to think about bringing a dog…and good fortune into your life by supporting various organizations that work on behalf of dogs during the coming year:

  1. Animal Rescue Organizations

A search for animal rescue organizations in your area will bring up numerous groups to review. Their websites provide specifics for their immediate needs. Besides adopting a dog, there are many ways to help out — from donating newspapers and dog toys to giving a small monetary donation and volunteering — every little bit makes a big difference.

More ideas and ways to give from The Anti-Cruelty Society.

2. Pet Pantry Organizations

A search for pet pantry organizations in your area will also bring up groups that are in need of pet food and other support.

According to Care for Real, “for many people, especially seniors, a pet is a beloved member of the family and stretching food to provide for an animal can be an overwhelming burden.” Visit the Care for Real Pet Pantry for more information.

3. Therapy Dog Organizations

Therapy dogs assist with a variety of activities — from social interactions to helping kids read. The American Kennel Club has a list of numerous organizations that work in this arena.

4. Pets for Vets

“Pets for Vets was created to improve the lives of both Veterans and animals by bringing them together in a thoughtful, caring way. Our goal is to give back to the brave servicemen and women who have given everything to our country, while finding homes for deserving shelter pets. By matching the right pet with the right Veteran, everyone wins! Shelter animals receive a second chance at life and Veterans receive a second chance at health and happiness.”

Visit Pets for Vets for more information.

5. Pets of the Homeless

“Pets of the Homeless believes in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond which is very important in the lives of many homeless. They find solace, protection and companionship through their pets. They care for their pets on limited resources so they themselves have less.”

Pets of the Homeless has four unique programs that provide free pet food, free emergency veterinary care, wellness clinics, and sleeping crates for homeless shelters.

Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog in 2018!