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How to Help Abused or Abandoned Animals

How to Help Abused or Abandoned Animals

At the very thought of an animal getting abused, animal lovers get teary-eyed. If you have a pet, then you know the type of connection you have. Just think of the amount of money you have spent on your animals buying them high-quality food, toys, and top-notch medical treatment. However, some people lack that affectionate bond with them. As a matter of fact, some have even gone so far as to abuse animals. I’ve always wondered what to do if I see an animal being abused so decided to browse online for information. I found six things to do right now to help.

Hold a fundraiser.

That’s right! Fundraising is one of the most effective ways to help abused animals and you’ll have no problem networking with people. You can visit an animal shelter to get a list of upcoming fundraising campaigns in your area. If this seems like too much work, then simply skim the internet to find dedicated websites which have compiled a list of events in your area. You can even create your own campaign by utilizing self-serve sites like percaring.com which allow you to create an online fundraiser and collect money from those who resonate with your objective.

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Volunteer at an animal sanctuary.

You can show your support by volunteering at a farm animal sanctuary near you. They are dedicated to rescuing abused farm animals like cows, pigs, horses, goats, chickens, and sheep. If you don’t have time in your busy schedule to volunteer, then donate some money for expenses like blankets, food, brushes, and additional caretakers. Do a search in Google to find some animal sanctuaries near you who can use extra money or volunteers.

Adopt a pet from a shelter.

Some people either drop their pets off at shelters or leave them on the streets to fend for themselves. Usually street animals don’t survive very long.  They and shelter animals can use a safe home. If you are serious about helping an animal, then visit a pet shelter to explore your options. Local shelters will have dogs and cats which you can pick up, but make sure you know what to expect when you adopt an animal. Take some time and conduct research online making sure you are ready for the job. When you adopt, you’ll have complete control of the pet including all legal responsibility. If you are not ready for a long-term commitment, then consider the option of fostering an animal.

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Foster abandoned animals.

When you foster, you are providing a temporary home to the pet while the shelter still has legal responsibility of the animal. They’ll even check in and pay visits to ensure that everything is going smoothly. Many times people who are not completely sure about how the animal will fit in will foster before they adopt. If things get too tough you can send the animal back to the shelter so that they can find another solution.

Report animal abuse.

Over the years, many agencies have established themselves to handle animal abuse. These agencies are branches of law enforcement and have the power to arrest and charge those committing abuse. If you see animal abuse taking place, report the person so you can put a stop to it. If you don’t then it will likely continue and become even more serious. Take action and put a stop to animal abuse by contacting your local authority.

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Plan ahead by assigning a guardian for your pets.

One way to protect your own animals from abuse is to have a guardian in place in case something happens to you. For example, if you own a cat there are many protection plans available for them such as the cat guardians plan. With this plan, your cat will be safe in the event of your untimely death, and Cat’s Protection will bring the cat to one of their branches or adoption centers until they can find them a loving new home.

When there is no protection or no one assigned to take care of your pets they may end up fending for themselves on the streets or in a shelter where there is a likelihood of them being euthanized due to over-crowded conditions.

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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