My little animal lovin’ kiddo & I were at the shelter today. (They were having an event, and I donated blood.) After playing with the kitties, we decided to go visit the dogs. I knew this was probably a bad idea, and it would make me sad, but I also thought it was important to show Jayden. These dogs are the reason that we foster. I wanted him to see the setting where they come from, how little attention they get, and how many different types and ages of dogs there were.
This is Kail. He is a beautiful, 4 yr old, sweet pit mix. He was so laid back, not phased at all by the craziness that is a dog shelter. Dogs were barking & whining, people were walking by, but he was just hanging out. He wagged his tail at anyone that looked his way. As you can see, he stuck his paws out for some scratches when I knelt down to say hello. This picture does not do him any justice either. He is absolutely gorgeous in person!
There were so many different breeds there. Lots of dogs branded as a pit bull mix, a few black mouth currs, a couple boxers, and a handful of labs. There was also an adorable, 7 yr old Golden Retriever there. I wish I could have gotten a picture of him! He was SO handsome, and very playful. He did that typical play stance, where his wiggly butt was in the air, just begging me to play.
This awesome guy is Sweet T, and he has the biggest head I’ve ever seen! He definitely lives up to his name, wiggling and wagging at everyone. He didn’t make a peep either. He was just happy to get our attention for a few minutes!
This poor girl is Ruby Dee. If you think she looks scared in this picture…she looks even more terrified in person. Jayden and I both tried so hard to get her to come to us, but she wouldn’t move. She stayed huddled in the corner, sad and alone and scared. Ruby is 2 yr old, very pretty, and she has an adorable underbite! She is one of the dogs that they have as a “pit bull mix”, although if you ask me, she looked more like an American Bulldog & Boxer mix. I wish I could have just gone in the kennel and sat with her. I can only imagine what must have been going through her head.
A few more cuties that we met:
This is Tony (pictured above). A 4 yr old, male, pit bull mix. He is so, so loving! He kept shoving his nose through the only opening he could find, trying to give us kisses. His tail did NOT stop wagging. Ever! And like most of the other pitties there, he wasn’t affected by the craziness that was going on. He didn’t bark; he didn’t seem stressed. He just wanted some love and attention. It made me think of my Oscar, and how much he craves cuddling and being loved on. I am certain that Tony would be a larger version of my little cuddle bug!
Moo Moo was another adorably sweet girl. As soon as you say hello to her, she presses her side up to the kennel, expecting you to scratch her! And when you stop scratching her, she looks back at you with this sweet but sassy look, as if to say “what’d you stop for fool?!”
Is it any wonder why this girl was on of my favorites? Look at those incredible pittie ears! Diva is one of those dogs that doesn’t know a stranger. She was so happy to see anyone that would give her attention. She kept standing up, putting her paws up on the door. And like Lucy (mentioned up above), she’d bark at us when we dared to walk away from her. I hope someone will take her home soon!
Most of the dogs seemed pretty happy, some were a little stressed, but still doing ok. They just wanted out of there. There were a few though that were sad, like Ruby. Beautiful pups giving poor, soulful looks, so confused as to why they are there. I can’t get sweet Ruby’s face out of my head. She was just so scared. I left there thinking, what can I do, how can I help these dogs. Sure I am fostering for the rescue, but I want to do more. I live in a townhouse, so adopting any more dogs is out of the question…trust me, if I could fit another dog, Ruby would have walked out with me!
To be honest, before I found Last Hope Rescue, I actually started to begin the process to volunteer for the shelter. Then I found out it was a kill shelter, and I found the rescue, and I didn’t think I could handle spending time with a dog and then finding out the next week that it had been put down. So, I just went with the rescue and never thought about it again. But after seeing their faces today, and having my own rescue dog that was saved at the last minute, I can’t bear the thought of them dying without attention, or an extra walk, or some sunshine. So, I have decided to start volunteering with the shelter, to walk the dogs on the weekends. It doesn’t cost money, just a little bit of time. And while it won’t save a life, it will at least let them feel the sun on their skin, get some fresh air, and of course, I will completely spoil them with attention and love! It will be hard at times, I know that. I am certain there will be some that I ache to take home with me. There will be some that I can’t stop thinking about. However, I feel it would be selfish on my part if I didn’t do this. It is the LEAST I can do. These dogs are in the shelter because of careless, irresponsible humans. They’ve been dumped and left in a scary place, by people that were supposed to be their family. While I can’t take them home to be a part of my family, I promise to give them the love and attention they deserve, so they can feel like I am their friend, even if it’s only for a short time…
**All of these dogs are adoptable, and located at the Tallahassee Animal Shelter. If you are looking for a new pet, go check them out!