While rescue is amazing, it can also be heartbreaking. Every day I see dogs on Facebook that need help. Some need donations for life saving surgeries. Others need networked so they can be adopted from rescues. Mostly, however, I see dogs in need of rescue from kill shelters. "Code red!" "Urgent!" I see these words far too often. It quite literally breaks my heart. It physically hurts to see such sad, sweet faces that just need a chance. They just need someone to help them. I wish I could help them all.
I look at those pictures on Facebook and wonder which ones will make it. Who will be lucky enough to be adopted? Who won't...? I just think about my own dogs. What if I hadn't found them? Would they have made it out? It brings tears to my eyes thinking about it. I know Willa wouldn't have made it. She was number one on the list to be euthanized. It makes me ill to think about it. My dogs are my world. They are the best companions a girl could ask for. I just know that all of the dogs I see awaiting homes in the shelter could be perfect companions, too, if they were just given the chance.
I have three adopted dogs of my own. I have a fourth spot in my home for a foster dog. I volunteer. I am constantly on the computer working on the rescue's website or writing blog posts to get the word out on fostering and adoption. I try so hard to help. I even plan on having my own rescue one day. Although I do what I can to help save the lives of these precious pups, I am only one person. I cannot help them all.
Because I am one person, I am asking for your help. It can be something little. It can be something big. I just need help. The little things are simple and most are free:
- Hit that "share" button on Facebook. If these dogs don't get any networking, they don't have a chance.
- Offer to take photos of available dogs at your local shelter. Great photos get dogs adopted.
- Volunteer to walk dogs at your local shelter. Exercised and socialized dogs are much more appealing to potential adopters.
- Stick a magnet on the back of your car promoting rescue or adoption. (I have three on mine, and I love them!)
- And the easiest thing of all, voice your opinions. Share the word that adoption is amazing and that spaying and neutering saves lives.
- Adopt! Open your home to a pup who will be forever grateful.
- Foster! Fostering is temporary and it is an integral part of rescue. Foster homes save lives!
- Donate! Skip fast food a couple times a month and set up a $10.00 monthly donation at your favorite rescue or shelter. The money will go directly to the dogs and help give them the care they need while they are waiting on their forever homes.