Imagine yourself sitting in an office and someone walks in with a dog that they can no longer care for. This person is coming to you for help. You see the sadness in the animals eyes as they look at their beloved owner because "they know" something is wrong. The paperwork is completed, the owner leaves and the animal is sitting there looking lost and confused. You can almost hear them say "where are you going, why are you leaving me". In many instances the dog will go to the door and sit, waiting for their owner to come back. It's heartbreaking and how do you tell the dog, it's going to be ok?
One of our staff or a volunteer will immediately put their arms around that dog giving warmth, comfort and support. We show them they are not alone and it will be ok. Many times they remain in our laps or sitting in an office in a fluffy bed or with a volunteer until their foster family arrives and then begin their new journey in life.
The are many reasons that individuals cannot care for their pets and we are never judgmental when an animal is surrendered to us. Many times the owner walks out the door sobbing and we are crying along with them, but they are comforted to know their pet will be well cared for and we will make sure that dog or cat finds the best home. They made the right decision.
Now, I'm asking you, can you help? Open up your home and
one of these lost souls. It costs you nothing but a piece of your heart. Bring them into your home and give them the love, promise and security they so need until the forever home of their dreams is found.
Lucinda Grandy, President
The Humane Society of Washington County