Don’t forget charities during these rough economic times

Earlier this week, I heard about the closing of the MSPCA shelter in Springfield, MA. The shelter, which is scheduled to close at the end of March, is very near and dear to my heart. I have gotten a number of pets there over my life and  currently have three cats from the shelter.

The Director of the shelter states that they are working with local animal charities to come up with a plan and I look forward to seeing their plan and seeing what we could do to help them make their plan a reality. In the mean time, if you are in the Springfield area and are looking to adopt a pet, I would encourage you to take a trip to their shelter. The facility is clean and the animals are just wonderful. The MSPCA is also the only shelter in Western Massachusetts that accepts surrendered animals. With home foreclosure rates high, animal charities are finding more and more pets being left behind by families.

So you may be asking what this has to do with saving money. After all, that is what this blog is all about right? Well, I think part of our mission as responsible citizens, living within our means, is to help give back. Maybe it’s a few dollars to a local animal shelter, donating food we got a great deal on to our local food pantry or donating our time to help a good cause, but I think especially now, we need to help those around us. By helping others, you help yourself. For example, if you are out of work, consider doing some volunteer work in your community. Not only does it help keep you busy and remind you how fortunate you are, even though times are tough, but you are also making great connections and showing potential employers that you are an active person who cares about those around you.

Consider taking some of those savings we’ve discussed and share a bit of the wealth with those around you. If we all do a little, we can have a huge impact. Now, I’m off to contemplate another cat (Matt, you haven’t won your bet with Jenny, yet!).

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