“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s just one of those days… Lots of feelings floating around in my head and I need to get them out!

So, I follow several animal rescue groups and local animal shelters on Facebook and they always post different things. Sometimes they post uplifting stories, report dog sightings, talk about volunteer opportunities, etc. What I hate the most is to see them post about all of the beautiful dogs that are going to be euthanized if no one steps up to save them. It is just so sad because the rescue groups can only save so many animals and the shelters only have so much manpower to market the animals that they have.

Today I looked at the pictures of the “urgent” dogs and it just broke my heart. I actually cried. In the pictures were dogs young and old, big and small, purebred and mutt. I thought of my own two dogs and their stories and how no one wanted them. No one wanted them! I look at the pictures of those dogs and think of the unconditional love that my dogs have for Jonathan and me, and how those dogs also have so much to offer if someone would just give them a chance.

I try to think of ways I can help the shelters but as someone who has already adopted two dogs and is a working student with little time or money to spare, my options are limited. The best I can do is just repost the pictures of the dogs on Facebook, encourage my friends to rescue, and to spay/neuter. It just makes my heart so heavy to think of these animals and to know that I cannot save them all. I want to fix this problem but don’t even know where to begin.

And then I think… there are so many others that need to be rescued too! The poor and the world’s orphans and the abused and the environment and those headed down the wrong path… The list is endless! The world is just one big problem that seems so insurmountable… How can we help those who cannot help themselves? Sometimes I truly just feel so powerless to the world. What can I really change? How can I really make a difference? By helping one person/animal at a time? Sometimes I feel like that doesn’t make much of a difference at all…

But then I remember my dogs and how it made a difference to them.

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