“I rescued a human today. Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.” (Anon.)
This has made the rounds on dog email lists I belong to for the past few weeks. The same lists are full of requests to help transport rescued dogs to new foster or forever homes, to pull dogs from shelters who are about to be put to sleep because a shelter is full and must make room for the next round of dogs being left behind in their owners’ foreclosed homes, tied to a stranger’s lightpost, or abandoned on country roads. The economy has been as hard on many pets as their humans.
While I would never recommend adopting a pet as a surprise Christmas gift, I wonder, will you think about allowing one of these deserving animals to rescue you soon? They will bring so much love into your life.
If you cannot make a commitment to rescue, would you consider volunteering at your local shelter, whether it is fostering a dog or cat temporarily, walking dogs, or donating money to a local shelter for food? It is so much better to help on a local level than to donate to a national organization too, you will know that your money is helping in your own community. These wonderful animals who grace our lives in so many ways need our help, this year in particular.