When you work in dog rescue… and particularly when you manage Facebook pages that promote shelter dogs in need of rescue now… you hear all the excuses.
“I’d rescue him in a second if I didn’t already have two dogs.”
“I can’t afford a dog, otherwise I’d come to the shelter right now to get her!”
“My apartment doesn’t allow bully breeds.”
“I just don’t have time for a dog right now.”
And my favorite:
“I wish I lived closer. I’d adopt him in a heartbeat!” – this is the most popular excuse I see on social media sites like Facebook, especially when the shelter is in NYC and the person leaving the comment is in, say, Michigan.
Now, don’t misunderstand. I get it. I do. There are obstacles that stand in our way. Even I have my obstacles. I already have 2 dogs, and my husband says that’s enough. For that reason, I can’t adopt another. I can’t even foster.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t be a hero for shelter dogs. It doesn’t give me an excuse to do nothing.
So what can I do? What can you do? How can we make a difference in the lives of shelter dogs when there are so many obstacles in the way? Here are just a few ideas.
You say you can’t rescue because you already have dogs? Then give a little bit of your time each week as a shelter volunteer.
Can’t afford a dog? Most shelters and rescues provide all the food, veterinary care, and toys for foster dogs. All it will cost you is time and love. Become a dog foster!
Landlord doesn’t allow bully breeds? Become a shelter or rescue volunteer. Or adopt a non-bully breed. Shelters are full of dogs of every size, breed, and gender, and they all need homes.
No time for a dog? Open your checkbook. Your local shelter always needs donations. It what keeps their doors open.
And for those of you who see a dog posted on Facebook and wish you lived closer, it’s important to remember that shelters all over the country are filled with Pit Bull-type dogs. I promise you, there’s a dog near you that you’ll fall in love with if you just make a trip to your local shelter. Don’t let distance keep you from saving a life, when there are lives to be saved right where you are.
The easiest, cheapest, and most time-effective way to be a hero for shelter dogs can be done in your pajamas, sitting in front of your computer. Each day, devote a little of your social media real estate on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other sites to “sharing” shelter dogs. It’s a proven fact that spreading the word does save lives. I see it happen every day, and it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever experienced.
These are just a few of the sweet dogs that need your help right now. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
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