Challenge #6 got you outside but Challenge #5 will warm your insides. More specifically, your heart. Our pets brings us so much joy here at the studio that it often inspires our design. When we get busy or wrapped up in a web design project, our pets snap us out of it and remind us to relax. We think this challenge will inspire the giving nature of Christmas within you and reduce holiday stress. So grab your family and head over to visit some lonely pets at an animal shelter near you.
Challenge #5 – Support the Animals
This time of year, shelters can be overrun with animals seeking their forever home and fewer people visit. Interacting with animals gives them love and will make you feel better as well. Studies show that petting an animal lowers your heart rate! For anyone who can't have a pet, visiting the animals at your shelter can fill the void. If you are considering purchasing a pet, we urge you to adopt instead and you will have a loyal friend for the rest of their life.
If you can't visit the animals you can still help! While you're preparing your house for company, consider donating some of the following items adapted from the North Bay Humane Society wish list. Call your shelter first to determine what they are in need of (and the brand of items).
- Pet food
- Cat litter
- Laundry detergent
- Dryer sheets
- Large and medium sized plastic totes for food storage
- Rubber gloves
- Large and medium sized dog collars and leashes
- Halti or gentle leaders
- Photocopy paper
Another way to support the shelters is with monetary donations. Instead of purchasing gifts, consider making a donation instead. This is a great alternative to gifts at birthday parties and as wedding favours too. Other than cash (tax receipts are usually provided), shelters will also accept:
- Gift cards or gift certificates for local merchants
- Gas cards
- Canadian Tire money
Stay tuned for details on how we will be supporting the kitties in the new year by liking the 9 Lives Design Facebook Page.