There is a nationwide epidemic, one that closely touches my heart and deserves a minute of everyone’s time and that is the pet over population issue. Now I won’t go on and on about the importance of spaying and neutering your animals because I’m sure you are well aware of the impact that this can make on the population. What I will talk about is our local shelters as well as animal shelters nationwide that are forced to euthanize healthy, friendly, wonderful animals simply because they are too full and out of space. In fact recent statistics show that 56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized. While these numbers are staggering and certainly heartbreaking many people wonder what they can do to make a difference. Well I’m here to tell you that there are so many ways to help! Of course the biggest help of all is to adopt or foster a shelter animal. The shelter is not a healthy or fun place for any animal, so getting them out and into a loving home setting is the key. Most of us have room in our hearts and homes for one more! If adopting isn’t a possibility right now many animal shelters are in desperate need for supplies. Check with your local shelter to see what they may need right now. Of course monetary donations always go a long way in these shelters that are forced to penny pinch just to get by. Short on money but have some time to give? The local animal shelters welcome volunteers with open arms to help socialize these poor animals. Human contact is so important as are walks and fresh air. What better way to get exercise yourself or teach your children about giving back than showing them the true meaning of volunteerism. So anything that you can do to help even just one animal is a step in the right direction. I truly believe that together we can make a difference in the animal shelters in and around our community!