Monday, 7 November 2016

DAY 4: Volunteering Saves Hearts

After seeing badly injured doggy without the paw a few days ago, all the phone calls that we made finally led us to the local doggy shelter that I didn't even know existed! Yesterday was an open day for the visitors and we wanted to get the information as to how to help the doggy. We were greeted by some wonderful news. Apparently she has been caught and is being treated at the vet's at this very moment. The owner of the shelter knew about the story and told us the doggy was now in her hands and we felt incredibly relieved.  We still want to be 100% sure that we were talking about the same doggy (we didn't see any photos of her, the description was very very similar though - same park, same injury etc.).
And then we were up for a treat. Remember the days when you were a kid and the zoos seemed like a magical and wonderful place? Yeah, it felt like that, but 1000 times better. Except the dogs in the shelter were not kept there for a profit and were not taken from their natural habitat for them to be stared at by us. Instead they were being rescued by the amazing people who actually cared about the well-being of the animals. Yes, there were hundreds of dogs who needed shelter and many of them were incredibly ill with horrible wounds and diseases, but they were given a chance and lots and lots of love by volunteers and the owner of the shelter.
We took some of the doggies for a walk and some of them were excited, happy, jumping up and down, others were big and pulling my boyfriend everywhere (my boyfriend laughed while walking one of them saying I don't walk this dog, this dog walks me!), from the tiny and shy ones who just needed a bit of attention. We were sweaty, covered in dust and the smell of the wet dogs (they were being showered as well), went without water for hours under the hot sun. It was also not easy to see hundreds of beautiful paws looking for a forever home. But guess what? I left that place with the biggest smile on my face and I had the absolutely best day! I have been to some luxurious places, being spoiled by this and that, got some nice stuff too, but nothing made me as happy as spending time and helping these beautiful paws for half a day. Volunteers are not paid because they are priceless, but the amount of love you receive in return is overwhelming and unconditional as well.
The next time you would like to take a child to the zoo and show them everything that is wrong with keeping the (wild) animals in captivity, please take them to a local shelter instead and teach them about the importance of the adoption. Millions of healthy and wonderful dogs and cats are being euthanized in the USA alone every year, because people prefer to support breeders who are making money while selling someone's life. Let's stop this together NOW!
Please adopt! If you can't adopt - foster, 
if you can't foster - volunteer,
if you can't volunteer - donate, 
if you can't donate - spread the word. 
These animals need us and oh my do we need them in this crazy world! <3

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