I joke that we haven’t saved our “Lab-Goldy” Bella from more than a really terrible name, (Dusty Rose) but the day we took her home over 3 years ago… something changed. It’s like when people say, “Well you don’t have kids so you wouldn’t understand”. Well it’s just like that.
When it snows or rains I think about strays who have no shelter; and then I think about the shelter dogs who have shelter but no feeling of security, and that leads to a marathon of YouTube videos that just make me feel worse.
(For a feel-good marathon subscribe to Eldad Hager’s Hope For Paws YouTube channel. He’s amazing).
I began researching how I could best help these sweet souls in my own special way. I’m still working through that but for starters each Fall I organize a donation drive and every Thanksgiving I make a trip to the Paws & Claws Humane Society in Rochester, Minnesota to drop off the donations. I experience a high level of joy and sadness at the same time on this day.
This past summer I decided I wanted to volunteer. My first day as a volunteer was traumatic. In a good way. I walked Teresa, a pit bull mix with a faint limp and a lot of love in her heart. At the end of our walk I was so elated, and then. A Mother and Son stopped me and asked if it was Teresa. I said it was and they said, “Oh great, we’re taking her home today!” I experienced those two feelings all at once again. Joy and sadness. I made sure to take a few extra moments with “T” for myself before bringing her inside. I cried on my way home.
That’s the last time I’ve cried for these dogs. It sounds like a bad thing. Like I’m jaded. I’m not. I just don’t think how I feel or how many tears are shed matters as much as what I can actively do to place them in forever homes and make their lives the best they can be until they are adopted.
So on Fridays, I walk dogs.
- To donate go here: http://www.pawsandclaws.org/wpweb/how-to-help/donations/
- To adopt go here: http://www.pawsandclaws.org/wpweb/pets/adoptable-pets/
- To volunteer go here: https://sites.google.com/a/pawsandclaws.org/pchs-volunteers/
- To follow their journey on Facebook go here: https://www.facebook.com/PCHSRochester