So, I'm sure you know that October 27 is Pit Bull Awareness Day and it is very important to us here, but we really feel that every day is Pit Bull Awareness Day. In light of that, we will be focusing more on Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. "Shelter" can encompass a lot and usually carries with it a negative connotation when you work with or volunteer with a Rescue. My intention is to keep this positive and only relate my own experiences and observations while always inviting others to share their thoughts and feelings.
I've been volunteering for a few weeks now at our local SPCA office, mainly during the week. I've found that in the midst of a bad day or in celebration of a very good day, it is therapeutic to be in the company of animals. I've found that no matter how bad the day seems, when you walk into the kitty room and are greeted with furry faces eager to inspect the depths of your handbag or the comfort of your lap, all troubles melt away.
When I walk into the dog area, for a moment a hush falls over the room. Though it is by no means silent, there is a noticeable hush. A lull. All eyes are on you as you walk past the kennels like girls lined up along the wall to dance with Fonzie. Who will be selected? Who gets to go outside and play or for a walk. I stop at a door and reach for the leash that is in the basket. All heck breaks loose! Everyone knows what this means and the lucky "winner" is excited while the unselected jump and bark at me, "No! Not him! I want to go! Pick me! Pick me!"
|Maggie-adoptable through Smiling K9s*|
The thought crosses my mind quite a lot...if I could bring Ray to work or if I worked from home would my volunteer time increase or decrease? I could make a case for both. I doubt if I will ever have that kind of job so it is a pipe dream and until that day comes, I'll keep doing what I'm doing.
*Had to post a pic from SK9's even though I wrote about ACSPCA today.