a wagging tail
After adopting Casper, I continued to search rescue sites, not because I wanted to adopt another dog, but because all of the other dogs in need had wormed their way into my heart as well. In July 2016, I had what Oprah would call an “ah-ha” moment. I was looking at a rescue site that had posted a courtesy link from a high kill shelter in the southern US. This link showed five dogs – healthy, young, adoptable dogs – who would be killed by the next day at 5:00 PM if they were not adopted by then. It broke my heart. I’m not sure why that particular posting had more of an impact on me than others that I had seen, but I knew in that moment that this was no longer an issue that I could turn my back on. I knew that no matter how big or small an impact I could make, I had to do something.
“Adopting one dog may not change the world, but for that one dog surely the world will change forever.”
I work full-time in another industry, so I am building this project in stages. The problem of unwanted pets is massive, particularly in the southern US. There are many, many wonderful people and organizations working hard to affect change and save lives. The reality is that there are millions of healthy, adoptable dogs killed every year in shelters. Millions of lives wasted. Help is needed in so many areas: education, spay/neuter programs, adoption awareness, etc.
Stage one for me is to grow a community of people interested in adopting, fostering, spreading the word, or simply lending positive energy to the cause. I hope to provide education, inspiration, and awareness to anyone willing to listen. It would be easy to head down a dark road focusing with anger upon all of the negative things that are happening. That is not a path I care to take . I want to focus on what can be done to drive positive change. There is way too much hate in the world. I am choosing to approach this problem with love.
Peace | Love | Rescue
how can you help?
Every life saved is cause for celebration. If you are thinking of adding a pet to your family, consider rescue. Spread the word to friends and family. Get involved and support local rescues in your neighbourhood. Follow me here, and on social media. Share your thoughts and ideas. Join me in working towards a magnificent outcome to this heartbreaking situation.
Hug your dog!