August 24th 2011 2:12 pm
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Every time she tries to get out, they suck her back in!
But her heart knows its the right thing to do.
For years, she volunteered at the Merced County Animal Shelter, going there on a bi-weekly basis to take photographs of the dogs and posting them on Petfinder, answering emails and phone calls, and helping coordinate rescue efforts.
But when Sammy got really ill, she couldn't go any more. She did what she could from home, cropping photographs and posting the dogs, until it became just too much. She dropped out after Sammy and Bernadette passed. She felt she just needed to spend as much time with us as possible.
Well, last fall, she was asked to start posting the dogs again. The person that took over from mom was taking up to 2 weeks to get the photographs done. Not acceptable.
For the past 3 months, the volunteer group has been shorthanded, and Mom decided she would go there and help out. It gave her the opportunity to video the dogs, and get to know them a little better. The descriptions she was getting from the volunteers was very general. (sweet, cute, shy, quiet) but now she's back there, she can really get to know the dogs. And therein lies the problem. She keeps falling in love with all these dogs. She spends hours and hours on the computer trying to find someone to help these dogs. See, the shelter is larger than the old one she used to volunteer with. And for some reason people think that means dogs aren't euthanized. So they bring in dogs and think they're safe. This makes the euthanization rate climb exponentially. We are above 62% right now. And that's down since she started back up again.
And then there's the smell. Every time Mom comes home, she smells like hot dogs! What is up with THAT!?! We don't get them! But she goes to Costco and buys turkey dogs (pre-cooked) and cuts them into bite sized pieces for these dogs. And what do we get? Left alone! that's what! and sometimes we get a foster brought back with her!
Now she's thinking she needs to foster a dog she's in love with again! Dad says "NO!" He says our limit is 5 animals. We agree. Visiting is fine, but that's all.
Mom has trouble sleeping now because she can't get these dogs off her mind. If only she could save them all.....
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We Love you for what you do.. more than you will ever know.
There is a saying I think you will know
"... You can't change the world by adopting an animal, but you can change the whole world for that animal...."
Thats what you are doing Jacquie... changing to whole world for an animals.. one at a time.
The hardest thing we have to deal with is knowing we cant do it for ALL ....... but each one... is a victory.... each ONE... is making a DIFFERENCE.
Breathe in.... breathe out.....
Many hearts hold you in theirs.. many hands hold you when you stumble... you are NOT alone.......
Love and HUGSSSSSS
Flicka ∆,,∆ & Lucas /..| Cleo (I.M.) ∆,,∆ & Pam X
Flicka... We couldn't have said it any better...
We also think Sammy and Bernadette are visiting their Mommy in her dreams... They know so many babies need her help.
Every picture posted is another chance at saving that life...
No.. we can't save them all but we can be sure that the ones that do go to the bridge.... will be in wonderful company...