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Shelter Dogs: All Locked Up

Posted by Jennifer McCarthy on October 31, 2010 in Speak! Archive, Training & Behavior Tips

Whenever I’m in doubt or struggling with a problem, I always return to the animals to give back. The ones shaking and shivering in back of a cage, left with cigarette burns, cuts on their face and no trust for human beings. I spend time with the pets that watch their owner’s last breath sitting with the body for five days and no food to eat.
These are the animals that have helped save me as I help them. I will sit for hours to make a shade of difference, go for a walk or tolerate the threat of aggression in the hope of saving a life. By giving, they give me back more than I could hope for and I often find myself walking out unaware of the problem I had originally come in with.
I’m inspired by animals that can’t speak to humans and yet tolerate so much stress. I look up to the dog that wags his tail for the first time after being beaten over the head with a hand or a stick… I’m inspired by the dogs on death row and the ones who try their hardest to make their new owners happy at any cost.
These are the dogs of our shelter systems and the exotic pets that end up locked up for life.
If you can give fifteen minuets twice a week to walk a dog or take care of a cat at an animal shelter, that fifteen minuetes will be the greatest gift of your life and could make all the difference in getting a dog or cat into a new home.
The only chance they have to survive are the people who are behind them.
If you’d like to donate to a good cause, please visit an animal shelter website in a state affected by many foreclosures. When people loose their homes, they often give up their pets to move into a smaller living situation. Here’s a shelter who needs help now in Arizona:
Thanks for giving back!
All my best,

One Comment

  1. You are absolutely right, Jennifer. There are so many displaced dogs & cats at the Yavapai Humane Society in Prescott due to foreclosures and job losses. It’s overwhelming and tragic. So many beautiful animals and not enough homes for them. I love volunteering there; if I can make a difference to one dog by walking him or her, it’s my pleasure to do it. Looking forward to meeting you.

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