It may be frustrating and hurtful some days scrolling down Facebook and studying banners with odes to animals, poetry to creatures like”I will keep you forever, I will never leave you in an animal shelter. My commitment to you will never perish.” There is another banner showing a picture of a dog driving the car, along with his owner operating behind the car and it says something to the effect” That’s what you get for dumping me in the animal shelter.”
Once in a while, I will read comments from people when they see a post of a”pitiful looking dog staring at a shelter wall”. The article calling out for someone on FB to rescue this poor dog. The comments from individuals, many are in judgement of the men and women who dropped off the dog will say”how do they do this”,”how can someone be so cruel.”
And I ask myself what do they believe an animal shelter is for? If we’re going to have animals as pets, there’ll remain animal shelters. I worked for the Marin Humane Society for a little more than five years. It was exhausting at times getting animals over the counter. Initially, I did get frustrated with people, since I was still young. I did not have a lot of life experience.
1 day, two guys walked to the shelter and put a little lap dog in addition to the counter. I put my incoming form on the counter, grabbed a pencil, did not look up and began asking them the list of questions on the form when pushing to them the”owner surrender questionnaire”. I began reciting our policy making sure to replicate the euthanasia policy over three or more times to be certain they got it.
Finally, after a couple of minutes, one of the guys asked me”he will not get put to sleep, right. He is very adoptable. People today want small dogs.” Again, I did not look the dog owner in the eye, I simply recited the euthanasia policy. And than he said”where is Carol. We spoke to Carol and she said everything would be fine, our dog would not be murdered.”
I will stop here and say that the puppy was quite cute and it was 99.9% sure, this dog could be embraced in Marin in a snap.
At this time, I was humiliated. I didn’t want Carol to measure in. I realized I had screwed up and I was not really taking a look at the fact of the circumstance. I had been in judgement over both of these good looking, wealthy looking guys and was not seeing their heart.
“I am so sorry. Give me another opportunity to assist you. Yes, your dog is cute and his odds of being put to sleep are next to nothing unless he got really really sick and we could not treat him.”
Among the guys, let out a huge sigh and smiled at me. “I am so happy Janet. Thank you. This is so tough for me. I have AIDS and I am going into hospice. I wish to be certain my dog gets a great home.”
And I don’t need to tell you what type of lesson that taught me twenty six years of age. After I filled out the paperwork, I found Carol and handed her sweet little dog.
When I was living on the ranch in Lake County, I needed to return my pony back to the rescue I embraced him. I was so broke I knew I wouldn’t have the ability to provide him proper trimming and the sort of feed that he needed to reduce founder. I cried when I walked him into the trailer that picked him up from me. Years later, I contacted the woman who adopted him to request a picture since I wanted to write a story about him. All my pictures are ruined and lost from the past. She didn’t respond to my message. I think she read the note, since it reveals”seen” on messenger on Facebook. . I won’t write her again. I really don’t want to make someone feel uncomfortable. I’ll miss with a picture of”Little Eddie” to remind me of who he was and who he is and my love for him.
Lately, I had been sharing a cup of coffee with a friend of mine and she was telling me how she needed to spend a year on a plan to put her horses and her other creatures because she needed to leave a relationship that was unhealthy for her. She cried on the way to work back and forth on her commute everyday for a year knowing she’d have to perform it.
People’s lives change. They suffer losses. They shed rentals that let animals and can’t find new ones which do. Folks get sick. Folks die. Folks realize they really can not look after a dog, a horse, a cat. Folks lose their jobs and can not afford feed, vet care, or training.
Folks give up animals for a number of reasons.