Have you ever heard a conversation like this?
Person #1: “What kind of dog is that?”
Person #2: “We’re not really sure, she came from a shelter/rescue. She’s some sort of mutt”
Person #1: “Oh, shelters make me so sad. I can’t go to them. I just want to take all of them home with me”
Any time I hear this conversation, I want to do everything in my power to change the ‘stay away from shelters, they are sad places’ way of thought. Yes, there are many animals in kennels looking for a home. Yes, there are many heartbreaking stories. Yes, the world is full of idiots who often do terrible things to innocent animals. Yes, shelters are often over-extended and under-staffed. However, if people stay away, then how does anything ever change?
It is easy to fall in love and want to take every animal home with you. Is that realistic? Of course not. However, spending some time to help in any way possible is realistic. If a dog gets to spend 15 minutes with a person on a walk, that is likely the best 15 minutes of the dog’s day. Without the help, well, then, they might be sad places.
These look like pretty happy dogs and people to me.
This week, Trinket ran a little over 3 miles while Bandit, Athena and Xena all ran (with a few walk breaks for Bandit!) 5 miles during the scheduled weekend run. Interested in running? Click here for more information. Interested in the stats on all the dogs running? Click here!