Elderly Man Walks In Shelter Carrying Bag. His 'Donation' Brought Room To Tears
Cailyn Finkel 8/12/2017
You've heard the saying "adopt, don't shop" but this man proves that there are other ways to help shelter animals if there's just not enough room in your home for another pet!
Instead of bringing a pup home, one elderly man waltzed right into an Oklahoma shelter with a bag filled with something incredible! Thankfully someone was able to snap a quick picture before it was too late!
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Madison Sorrels and her boyfriend were perusing the local animal shelter, hoping to find their new furry family member, when they saw an elderly man walk into the facility.
Instead of stopping by to adopt a dog or cat, the man wanted to donate a plastic bag stuffed with tennis balls for a very special reason.
In an emotional Love What Matters Facebook post, Madison shared the picture of the older man and explained why it was such a sweet thing to do!
"My boyfriend and I were adopting a poodle mix puppy at Tulsa Animal Welfare. We found out this gentleman was donating tennis balls in memory of a very loved pet. If this doesn't make your day then I don't know what will."
Instead of tossing his late pet's favorite tennis balls, he wanted to donate them to pups who really needed a little bit of fun in their lives!
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According to Petfinder, there are a variety of ways to help sheltered animals in addition to fostering and adoption.
The website explains that you can:
- Volunteer at the shelter by cleaning up after the animals, playing with them and keeping the building tidy
- Use your passion for photography or videography to help post adorable images and videos online
- Donate gently used items like food and water bowls, leashes, collars, brushes and pet beds
- Include shelter donations in your wedding registry
- Donate household items like cleaning supplies (call shelter to verify needed items), old newspaper, blanket, towels, hand sanitizer and office supplies
- Donate pet food (both wet and dry for dogs and cats), treats and kitty litter
Even though many of these things seem like no-brainers, shelters all over the country could benefit from each type of help! You don't need to adopt a pet to have a positive influence on shelter animals!
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