The local SPCA is not far from where I live. When I can I will drop of a bag or two of food,toys,or just put a few dollars in the donation container.I wish I could do more.My dream is to be able to give weekly or if my health was stable,volunteer there. I take a walk now and then through the shelter to visit the babies left. Divided up into categories.The canines are the largest group.loud barking comes from the area they are kept in.Concrete pens with food and water bowls,some toys.Usually two share a pen. I notice one out of the two usually huddles in the corner shaking,the other barking or running to the front begging for attention. Along the entry gate to each pen is a 3×5 card. It has the name,age and the SPCA try to put a breed.Some are obvious the mixed breeds are a bit more tricky.
Lets put it this way,about 16 years ago I adopted a puppy from a shelter,the card read “LAB MIX”He was very big for a lab,but his ears big and floppy and huge eyes,black mouth and gentle personality got to me.I adopted him.Upon our first trip to the vet. He said to me”If he is a lab,I’ll eat my hat”. I said “What do you mean?” The vet chuckled he said “I guarantee you they had no clue what he is,and a lab always sounds gentle safe and family”his paws alone give me an idea he is some sort of Great Dane mix. “OH MY GOD!” I YELLED,I LIVE IN A TOWN HOUSE! the neighbors will be thrilled.
Turned out after much research many visits to the vet and a trip down south ,he was a “Black mouth Curr” Your shaking your head as you read this. I did to. When a woman sent me pictures of her brood of puppies after joining a breed research group,so my “JACKOB” Could get the correct medical care,She sent a note along with the pictures, “You have a black mouth Curr,usually a dog from the south,a hound dog.” And boy did he sing and talk. Was almost 5′ on hind legs and weighed about 180 a big boy. Walking him,pulled my arm out of my socket when he chased a rabbit. He lived to be 13, he was a loving big boy and I’m glad i chose him.But he may not had gotten such a comfy life.
I read the excuses the “owners” give when leaving the dog. “Had to move” …oh,i see and I guess if there wasn’t room for little Becky she would have to go to a foster home. You mean to tell me,they could not have looked a little harder for a place that took pets,or a family they knew?
” daughter went to college,it was her animal” What? Oh, I see mom and dad left at home or single parent,can’t feed the animal or look after it for 2 to four years? what kind of lame excuse is that?
REASONS ON CARDS
” THE DOG WILL NOT STAY IN THE YARD”, GET YOUR FENCE FIXED! OR YOUR ANIMAL TRAINED! ” New baby is coming”…ok??? I’m still stuck on this one, they can’t share their love,time attention? Multi task? What? And don’t get me Started on the animal won’t obey. Or it snapped at Johnny. Hello that’s on you!!! Your lack of getting the right skills to have a pet.
So,if your thinking of getting little Joanie a puppy for Christmas DON’T! because Joanie may move,go to college,have a baby.
Pets are just like us,they need to be fed,water,kept warm or cool,need a place to sleep,see a dr and above all need love. Because your lazy or oops Tinkerbell had an accident on the carpet don’t give you a right to throw her away. Thank God,there are some laws that protect us from throwing each other away. Although there are people who do,just in other forms.
Think,think before you jump into this commitment. Have your animals neutered or spayed.Think about this,the baby bundle of fur you are holding will grow big,maybe live to be 16 or stay small but will get older. My Liv was found in a box along the side of a highway along with all her siblings. I adopted her right off,she was so tiny.Still is at 7 ,but needs constant attention. All our babies with fur are rescue animals. Burton ( Named after Tim Burton) was left under a bridge. My daughters Maine Coone was going to be put down,My daughter found out and adopted her. All these animals have issues,from their former owners.Mia is very skittish but once she gets to know you,she will give little kisses.Burton took 2 years to warm up to me,now thinks he’s a hat and sleeps on my pillow laying half on my head at night. Liv lies on m back,hips and legs. But if I get out my suitcase,she cries and is angry when I get home,takes days for her to come around and forgive me. I go away less and less…