When I was younger.. I was probably 17 or 18 I think. I volunteered for my local SPCA. I Drove 30 min north of me to get there. I LOVED Animals, and wanted to help. Once there.. I too had a tough time seeing all these animals. I wasn't working at the time, so I spent every moment I could there. I Volunteered usually 6-7 days a week most weeks. Open to close mostly. For about 2 yrs! I was there, I wanted to get to know all the dogs.. So I could help the people looking. To tell them about these dogs.. how they are outside of the kennel is almost ALWAYS different then in. And it is tough.. very tough. The things I saw, the things I knew.. from being there so long.. Made it very hard. But I did it for the end result, Seeing the dogs i grew to know and love.. walk out the front door.. and jump into a car with a family that would love them forever.
I got very attached to this one dog, Sam. He was a Boxer / pit mix. I Still to this day remember the first time I saw him walking from the Clinic area to come out to the kennels.. And from a distance, I thought he had a cast on his leg. He was a dark brindle.. one white leg. He sat in the kennel maybe 2 -3 mo. I was there every day to walk him min of 2x a day. And finally, this older cpl sat down at his kennel door..and I just knew it was his family. He had been looked at a lot. But they told me they just lost there pit mix of 15 yrs. And was interested in him. And I was so excited to bring him out for them to meet this wonderful dog I had grown so attached to. Well, he won them over..and they took him home. They saw how excited I was, and yet how sad I was to see him go, they gave me there phone number to come visit him. And I visited a few times in the fist yr,and then one more time about 6 mo after the last. And they lived on the water, in a BEAUTIFUL home. With a boat that he would go in. He was SPOILED. I Have a cpl pics they gave me of him the last time cpl times I Was there, and I still tear up thinking bout him. But, to know that I helped him find his forever.. Makes it all worth while. He was very special to me.. And now, he is special to them.
That is what keeps me going to shelters, Fostering, and volunteering for rescues.. the look on the families face when they just KNOW That this dog is theres. And seeing the dog go with them.. knowing they now have a home. Yes, going to the shelters is a tough thing to do, really is.. But, think about the good you are doing.. And smile cause you helped that dog find a home. Like the quote I see all the time says "You can't change all the dogs of the world, But you can change the world for that one dog" And I truly believe it!
After I wrote this, I remembered I had pics of him I could scan in to show you how handsome he is
This was a pic they gave me from there house
And this was one i took at the shelter before he left.