So most of you know that dogs (and all animals) are my passion and that I have been an active volunteer at Citizens for Humane Action Animal Shelter (www.chaanimalshelter.org) for over 14 years. Both of my current dogs, Mason and Nilla, were CHA foster pups (yes...I admit that I am a three-time foster failure) who became my fur babies and the loves of my life.
Our shelter takes in homeless dogs and cats due to owner surrenders, transfers from local & rural shelters, strays, etc. who would not otherwise get a second chance. Many of these animals arrive with health issues and/or from horrific living conditions. Getting them healthy and ready for their forever homes is costly and only possible via donations, fundraisers, and the tireless work of hundreds of volunteers.
One of CHA's biggest fund raisers of the year, the Dog Jog, is coming up the end of August and I am hoping to raise $500 to further CHA's mission. Every homeless pup or kitty deserves to find their "humans" and spend the rest of their lives giving and receiving unconditional love!
Won't you save a life today? Yep...I'm not above playing the guilt card if that means another sweet and deserving homeless animal is saved!!!
Peace, Love and Paws!!
Please feel free to forward this link onto anyone else who loves animals and wants to contribute to a great cause!
I'm sharing one of my favorite poems below that always touches my heart.
RESCUED A HUMAN TODAY by Janine Allen
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.
I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.
I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.