“The Animals’ Savior”
(Copyright Jim Willis 1999)
I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter…the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal….And I was angry. “God,” I said, “this is terrible! “Why don’t you do something?” …God was silent for a moment and then He spoke softly. “I have done something,” He replied. “I created YOU.”
I finally got up the strength to go to the Dog Park by myself after the incident with Bonnie. While there, I saw off in the distance, near the road, this tiny creature darting in and out of trees. At first, I thought it was a cat, a raccoon, or something. Then it stopped, next to a building’s AC unit, and just sat there. I watched it sit there for 20+ minutes when I finally got the guts to go check it out (I think I was hesitant, because I knew in the back of my mind what I was getting myself into…again). I jumped the parks’ fence, walked up the hill to the building, and tried to get a closer inspection. Sure enough, it was a dog. Immediately, it started barking at me and acting scared. From the distance I was at, it looked like a pit mix.
Now, let me assure you that I don’t go looking for these kinds of things to happen to me. They just do. And I don’t immediately think “aww poor thing…let me take you home”. Nope, I know the resources. And I try them. Every time. To no avail.
I got my blackberry and Googled rescue shelters. After trying a few, I realized it was after 5, so none would probably be able to help me (another beef of mine). I didn’t want to, but because the dog had a collar on, I contacted Animal Control (who actually does specialize in lost dogs). They were closed. Their answering machine said “if this is after hours, dial 9-1-1 for assistance.” I did. The lady on the other end, after I explained what happened, told me “there’s nothing we can do to help you” and “you should just leave the dog where it is and hope someone sees it and calls Animal Control tomorrow.”
Don’t get me wrong. I realize that 9-1-1 has a lot of more important things to do than to respond to stray dog sightings. BUT if Animal Control is purposely going to list this resource as the after-hours option, don’t blow me off.
I just get so frustrated that everyone “claims” they want to help, but when it really comes down to it, no one wants to deal with anything that might interrupt their normal ways of doing things. Take, for example, the 20+ people IN the dog park with me. NONE of them (obviously dog lovers, mind you) offered to help…in any way…I’m not even talking about offering to take the dog home, but didn’t even show the slightest signs of caring. Maybe I’m crazy. But I know that I CANNOT sit there and watch a dog suffer from heat exhaustion for an hour, turn a blind eye, and then get in my AC-filled car and drive home. Can’t do it. This is, more than likely, someone’s dog! I don’t know, maybe I’d just like to think someone out there would do the same for me if they saw my dog or whatever in need.
Then there’s the people (some happen to be close family members of mine) who tell me I shouldn’t bother, because someone else will or because “you can’t save them all.” I found this great little story on Killuminati Foundation’s website. In case you’re wondering, they’re a great, local animal rescue group that fosters dogs and finds them forever homes. This story means a lot and speaks volumes to how I feel:
A young boy was walking with his grandfather at down a desserted beach. The grandfather commented about how many starfish had been washed up on shore and were saturating the beach. The boy knelt down and picked up a starfish, throwing it back into the ocean. The boy then took a few steps down the beach, knelt down again, and threw another starfish into the water. His grandfather told the boy his efforts were pointless, there were too many starfish to save and it wouldn’t make a difference. The grandfather and boy took a few more steps down the beach – the boy knelt down once again responding, “It makes a difference to this one” as he tossed another starfish into the ocean.
**end rant** lol, sorry
Anyways, this pup is THE cutest thing you’ll ever see. Probably 3-5 months old. Found her in Springfield, MO with a collar on. Well groomed, good on a leash, knows basic commands. Does GREAT with other dogs and kids. I hung fliers everywhere today, checked for a microchip (none), and contacted vets, looking for her “owners” (if she has any)…giving it until Tuesday. After that, I’ll be looking to find her a forever home. Contact me if you’re interested or know of a good rescue shelter that could help.
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