Volunteering for the Local Animal Shelter – Foster Mommy for a Day

To everyone who knows me this is no news: I love dogs! Always did and always will. They are amazing companions, and nothing can replace their friendship and the well known happy wagging tail.

I think we all have some extra love to spare, so why not share it?

A few days ago I found out about a local shelter, so I emailed them asking if I can volunteer and help out with the dogs. I couldn’t be happier when they said yes, so today I went there to meet my first furry baby.

sharky

Sharky going for a walk

My adoptive baby for today was Sharky, a 9 years old, very shy but sweet Sharpei.

Sitting in a small space all day isn’t fun, so a long walk through the woods definitely improved his mood, and mine. It’s nice to have the love and trust of a dog, even if only for a short while.

I must say I impressed most of all with the number of people volunteering on a daily basis to walk the dogs. Either students or retired people, they go see the dogs and improve their life for a few hours. They are quite lucky pups to get some daily exercise and love, from so many locals!

doefes found a home

Doefes goes to a new loving home

At first you believe it’s all about giving, but I got back more today than I wished for. Besides making Sharky’s life a little better, I made a new friend, who adopted one of the dogs from the shelter, named Doefes. I’m very happy for them, and I hope more dogs will share a similar wonderful experience of finding a good loving home.

Now that the holidays season is fast approaching, if you consider adding a new furry member to your family, please consider adoption from the local shelter. So many loving dogs are in need of a good home, that it’s worth trying that first, before going to a breeder. The dogs will very much appreciate it, and I’m sure there’s a dog out there waiting for you!

Also, please remember that a dog is not only for Christmas, but forever. It’s a 15 years or longer commitment, so please do not adopt if you believe that’s too long for you. Seeing so many pets in shelters, is a very depressing view…


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8 thoughts on “Volunteering for the Local Animal Shelter – Foster Mommy for a Day

  1. The hardest part for me would be not being able to bring one home. I really miss not having a dog but we aren’t in a place for the needed commitment. One day though, we’ll adopt another furry friend.

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    • I have the same problem… It was hard leaving the shelter without a dog. I was so happy Doefes got a home though! I can’t wait to bring a furry baby home one day. But for now, is not possible.Still, I’m dreaming of that day 🙂 I hope you’ll manage to adopt one soon!Thank you for sharing your thoughts! x

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  2. Good for you for volunteering! A lot of people shy away from that (or even visiting shelters) because they think it will be too sad or depressing. The only sad part is when no volunteers show up at all! Really, some of those pups are probably getting more attention in a shelter than they did before ending up there. And it’s just temporary while they wait for their forever homes! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Thank you so much for reading and for sharing your beautiful thoughts! I can’t agree more! Even if it’s sad for us, imagine how sad it is for the dogs. I wouldn’t want to see them locked in a cage their entire life…Is good to go there and keep them company! I so hope they will all have a good home soon. Some are quite old and maybe people shy away from that. It’s heartbreaking to know someone abandoned them like that … 😦

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    • I always wanted to do it, so I’m very happy I’ve found a shelter in my area. I will go back there again soon, to walk another dog 🙂 It’s a lot of fun for them to be out of that place even if only for a short while.

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