During the summer we learned the importance of no-kill shelters in Austin. We visited Austin Pets Alive! And the Austin Animal Center. Both of them have the goal to find a forever home to any pet regardless of age, health, species or breed.
The Austin Animal Center is run by the government but it works with programs and partnerships that help it achieve its goal faster. It even works together with Austin Pets Alive! And Austin Humane Society. Not all dogs and cats are found in the shelters, but most of them are in the foster program. Foster animals are the ones that have temporary homes with amazing people that are willing to keep them safe and healthy until they find their home. This is one of the best ways to help shelters, especially during march through june when they overflow with puppies and kittens.
Everytime we visit, we want to take all of the animals with us!
Some kids love taking hikes, others not so much! There are reasons why we encourage our kids to walk but the main one is to keep them healthy. This is why we are proud that during the summer our kids walked on average 3.5 miles a day. Most of the days we walked that much to get to and from our bus stops, and while exploring during our adventures. If the weather was nice, we did a long nature walk on Fridays.
When you walk more oxygen flows to your brain. Promoting oxygen flow allows your brain to learn faster and to adapt to anything you set your mind to!
When you walk you reach places that you wouldn’t be able to go to by car or other means.
When you walk your legs and feet may hurt, but it is usually because your muscles are getting stronger! Other reasons include: wearing your shoes backwards. Dragging your feet.
When you walk you help the environment by skipping the pollution your car may generate.
So now you know why it is important, take a hike and you’ll find out why it is also so much fun!