So recently I started to work at the local county animal shelter to help pay for the cost of my daughters ballet. Now to start we are basically a no kill shelter. The only way we put an animal down is if it is too sick to help or too injured to help. I have been at the shelter a month and my eyes have been opened to the life of a shelter animal.
It’s not all happy times. It isn’t just coming down feeding and loving on the animals. There is a lot more to it. I would say that 98% of the stories that I have are no where near like a Homeward Bound story. Animal runs, animal finds way back home or returned to the owner. I have seen maybe 4 dogs get claimed that have sat at the shelter a few days. The rest nobody comes forward for.
Yes we have our fun and cuties.
These are just 3 of the 15 cats we have at the moment. We have 3 different litters of kittens. One of which we had to nurse back to health and we actually lost one ?
My first week in is when I had my first hard case.
She was dropped off to us as being found on the side of the road. She was paralyzed. I sat on the floor with her along with the 2 girls I worked with pet her, loved her, and held her as she had a seizure. Rushed her to the vet. To find out it was rat bait poisoning. They admitted her and started treatment, but it was to late for this beautiful dog. they lost her during the night. In the end we believe the person dropping her off may have actually have been the owner but can not prove it. So as you can see not all cases are happy endings.
We had a littler of puppies come in. signed over from the owner to use. Cute cute babies. We found them a home and out they went. A few days later they come back and say here we thought we had a home for this one and we do not…….
Meet Tony. Cutie isn’t he ? We did find him a place to go to.
And just yesterday we had another dog brought into us. She found him on Saturday. Cared and loved for him until she cold get him to us.
I know a lot of you are a little shocked at how he looks. But trust me this is after the girls bathed and shaved him. He has won over my heart. This boy is so loving and kind hearted how any one could have treated him the way they did is beyond me. Now when we first got him, he is a Shepard mix keep in mind, he was bald from the shoulders back. This was from itching and scratching at the millions of fleas that were on him. From the shoulders forward his hair was matted with blood from the fleas constantly biting him. So after a bath and shaving off all the nasty hair he has got to feel better. I was so anxious to get back to this little boy today and he meet me and my son tail wagging. He sat with my son most of the day. He knows basic commands like sit and shake.
You may be wondering, “Ok Brandi why the sappy post?” Well here it is. If you have a pet I ask you to do 2 things. Spay or neuter them and to get them micro chipped. If all the animals were micro chipped we could get them home. Or track who is abusing them. And then here is a reasoning behind the spay and neuter:
Those 2 things wold help the shelter world out so much!!! There are so many shelters that are not no kill and it breaks my heart to see such kind hearted pets be killed. Had Jonah been taken to a kill shelter he would have been put down. Not us. He is now on the road to recovery. With some much needed TLC from us and time he will be able to find a great home.
I also ask if you are looking for a pet, visit a shelter. Find a pet there. There are so many animals in shelters that would make great pets!
About Brandi Christian
Stay at home mom, Stepmom and Girl Scout Leader with a passion for a healthy lifestyle.