After six years of spending my Sunday morning volunteering at our local animal shelter you would be forgiven for thinking that I’d be ready for a break. It’s true that some Sunday mornings it is a struggle to get out of bed at 6am and it would be easy to roll over and go back to sleep, but those thoughts don’t last long because I love my Sundays. They keep me sane. It is hard to resist smiling at the little faces, boofy heads and wagging tails that greet you, they’re so excited because they know that it is their time for pats, walks and most importantly, breakfast. For a few dogs, the interaction with volunteers and staff is the kindest that they’ve ever had and being in a shelter is the safest place they have ever lived. Their stories will break your heart, you want to take them all home, save them and love them but it is just not possible. Thankfully there are good people out there who will adopt shelter dogs, some visit the shelter regularly looking for the right dog for them and their situation and others only ever adopt dogs from a shelter, returning when one has passed or if they feel ready to add a second dog to their family. I am grateful for those people, they know that taking home a dog without having the details of their past means that they may take time to settle. They understand that puppies require work and that training is an essential. Yes there are people who are clueless, they ignore the advice of shelter staff and they expect that a dog should be toilet trained, quiet and easy to walk without any effort. In time the dog returns to the shelter, for one reason or another. I would like to think that for the most part people do the right thing and I try not to focus on the cruel and the stupid because it makes me sad.
These are some of the wonderful creatures that I have been able to spend my Sundays with, most of them have been adopted and the others, well the staff and volunteers will keep on loving them until the right family comes along.
Precious precious dogs. I’m going to begin volunteering at one of our local shelters soon. I’m really excited about it. We got the most recent addition to our family at a shelter. It’s going to be difficult not to fall in love with them all.
They are such amazing creatures and it is impossible not to fall in love with them all. The only thing that stops me from adding to our family is that Bundy isn’t big on sharing and given that he is almost 11 years old I’m not going to inflict that level of anxiety on him or us. I hope you enjoy volunteering, it can break your heart some days however their happy faces and wiggly butts always lift my spirits.
I keep thinking we need a third but our oldest is 11 as well. Another dog might be a little too much for her.
What a wonderful way to spend your time! They all are so sweet and their personalities really come through. I hope they all find good families soon… 🙂
It is wonderful, lots of kisses and cuddles and lately plenty of soft little puppies to snuggle up with 🙂
Those are some lovely smiles, thanks!!!
You are very welcome 🙂
I can feel the love, Sam. 🙂 🙂 (sorry, I didn’t have time to stop and read the other day)
Definitely lots of love 🙂 No apology necessary Jo it is a crazy time of year, crazier than last year or so it seems.