They say losing a dog is as hard, or in some cases, harder than losing a human loved one. Our dogs are there for us when we wake up in the morning, they tag along with us on long walks or even just from couch to fridge. They are there with us on our special moments, and on the darkest days. They may never say it back, but you know they love you too. Whether it be sudden or a long time coming, the departure of any pet is a tough transition. Finding a way to process and heal after the loss is different for everyone. So what should we do when our furry friends have left us feeling so empty? How can we honor their memory and legacy? Memorial donations are a special way to honor and remember the impact our pets have had on us. Adopting and volunteering are also excellent ways to share the love. Read on to learn how you can turn your dog’s passing into a generous act of kindness. 

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Donate

Making a memorial donation to an animal non-profit organization may seem trivial, but it is a small, easy way to make a powerful difference in the lives of many animals. This small gesture and opening of your heart, is a rewarding and positive way to strive to repay your dog for the many moments of joy they gave to you. 

The most special part of a memorial donation for your pup is the ability to support a cause that is near and dear to your heart. Non-profit organizations fight for a variety of causes including animal abuse, breed specific legislation, rescue and adoption, breed advocacy, and many more. 

Memorial Donations are a special way to pay tribute to your dog’s memory. This can be done online for most organizations through their website. Many online donation forms allow you to inform the recipient that the gift is “in loving memory of” the deceased pet. If you’re mailing a check, you may be able to include a letter with your donation. 

Here are just a few organizations to donate in memory of your pet:

Adopt

Understandably, you may need to take some time after the passing of a pet before considering a new four-legged addition to your home. The grieving process has no time frame, and adoption should always be taken as a serious commitment. 

Should you be ready to bring another pup to your home, consider adopting from your local shelter, humane society, or rescue organization. Your adoption fees also serves a memorial donation in a sense, as it will benefit the organization so they can continue to provide for the animals in their care and sponsor their adoptions. Not only that, but one less dog in the shelter can become one more happy, loved pet and we can bet your life will never be the same. 

An excellent option is to seek out a dog advocacy group that sponsors animals. Kennel to Couch is a Pit Bull non-profit advocacy organization that sponsors Pit Bulls with training and health care at no cost to the adopting family in exchange for getting the dogs out of the shelter and into their forever homes.

Volunteer

It is no secret that many animal shelters and rescues are bursting at the seams with dogs, outnumbering their staff and volunteers. These dogs require walks, being fed, being played with, and even being transported to new homes or shelters. Many of these operations are able to function solely because of the hard work of Good Samaritans that volunteer their time, money, and effort to bettering the lives of these dogs. If you have free time during the week, or if you want to help but are not in the position to adopt another pet, considering volunteering with an organization of your choice.

A home without the click of their paws on your hardwoods or their jingly collar is not the same, and never will be again. When the going gets tough, the best we can do is give a gift that keeps on giving. There’s nothing better giving a gift that will inspire more tongues out and tails wagging, and no better way than to honor your forever friend.

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