The Chinese New Year is kicking off this week on February 16, and this year, we are transitioning from the Year of the Rooster to the Year of the Dog. However, unlike the signs in the western zodiac, signs in the Chinese zodiac are not designated by the monthly positions of the sun and constellations, but are instead based on the yearly Chinese lunar calendar, which is determined by the movement of the moon.
What significance does the Year of the Dog hold for those born in this year? We all know that dogs, as our best animal friends, are loyal, friendly, and kind. Due to having this strong sense of loyalty and sincerity, dogs will do everything for the people who are important to them. They are driven by the desire for a good family and well-balanced life, but when thrown into doubt, dogs can think the world is evil and complicated.
For us here at poundWISHES, the Year of the Dog holds double significance. While it is certainly meaningful to those who were born in this year, we also want to acknowledge and celebrate the animal herself. And what better way to uphold dogs than by celebrating them all year long.
Chinese New Year is celebrated with the ringing of bells, the lighting of firecrackers and watching traditional lion dances. However, after the celebration ends, there are many ways you can celebrate these wonderful animals, and make this year the best one yet -- not only for yourself, but for dogs themselves:
For starters, NOW may be the right time to adopt a new pup into your family. Shelters and rescues are always urging those looking to add a new fido to the bunch to adopt and not shop. Although the number is declining, over 2.3 million animals were euthanized in the United States this past year, which is why it is important to adopt from your local shelter or rescue. Even though the Year of the Dog is an exciting time to adopt, make sure you and your family are ready for the lifelong commitment. According to Channel News Asia, after the last Year of the Dog, there was a 14% increase in the number of dogs taken in and then abandoned. Nonetheless, as a committed adopter, a dog can be a wonderful and life-changing addition to the family.
One of the most impactful things you can do to celebrate a rescue dog is by showing kindness through support via donations. With poundWISHES, you are able to choose the pet or rescue of your choice and send them monetary donations to help with their medical expenses. But now, there is also the option to purchase a an item off of a rescue pet's wishlist registry. The wishlist registries are customized to perfection for each individual pet to ensure they receive what they need. There is everything from food, leashes, flea/tick medication, toys, blankets, treats, and so much more. Shower them with kindness during the Year of the Dog. Check out all of our pets wishlist registries HERE or by visiting: www.poundwishes.com/wishlists
If you're not ready to adopt, that's ok. There are plenty of ways to celebrate dogs. You can attend local events that support dogs in shelters. Many rescues and shelters hold events throughout the year in hopes to raise donations for the pets in their care. poundWISHES recently held a few events that made a lasting impact on our local communities. We partnered with a local yoga group, Yogalution and juice company, Suja, to raise money benefiting rescue pets. The day was filled with a community coming together to help animals and will become a regular occasion for poundWISHES. We also recently joined forces with DogCafeLA to present a Doggie Coffee Date. DogCafeLA is changing the game in the rescue world. They stop at nothing to ensure the well being of the pets in their care. You can grab a coffee next door and then spend time with adoptable pets. Their program allows their dogs to not only socialize with humans and learn to trust again, but also learn to socialize with other dogs. Check out some of their pet's wishlist registries here: DogCafeLA
Reality of Yulin Dog Meat Festival:
As we're celebrating Chinese New Year, we would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge that a real issue and tragedy is happening every year in China. As a dog lover, you might be familiar with the Yulin Dog Meat festival that takes place in China, where people gather in Yulin, Guangxi, China during the summer solstice to eat dog meat. Unbeknownst to many, this festival is not an old Chinese tradition, as it started in 2009. But it is one that has gone on for too long. Over the course of ten days, 10,000-15,000 dogs are consumed. The festival is gut-wrenching. Rescues, shelters, and activists are banding together to see this festival be put to rest. We make note of this festival because this Lunar New Year, you can choose to do something about it -- to help take action.
One of our rescue partners SOI Dogs (based in Thailand) has gone to extreme measures to rescue dogs from China and ensure their safety. If you want to support SOI Dog Foundation and their efforts towards Yulin Dog Festival, consider making a donation here on their poundWISHES page:
SOI Dog Foundation
This year, we can celebrate dogs by being just as loyal as our furry friends. We have many choices -- whether it is adopting, donating, purchasing, or volunteering. Together, we can make the Year of the Dog kind, compassionate, and impactful.
Join the Wishpack: www.poundwishes.com/join
Contribute to Wishlist Registries: www.poundwishes.com/wishlists
Support Urgent-Needs Animals: www.poundwishes.com/urgent-needs