Sunday, November 15, 2009

Volunteering at the rescue

Today I went to volunteer orientation at the Great Dane Rescue of the Carolinas, which is about 5-8 minutes from my house. I spent around 4 hours learning the ropes of the facility and meeting some AMAZING dogs.

Since I have been unemployed, I sometime feel like I lose my sense of worth and don't feel important in this world, and that will get you into a slump. When I left the rescue today, I felt on top of the world, I had a better feeling of self confidence, and I felt like a worthy human being. There are over 70 dogs there that have the ability to heal the human soul. I truly feel like a different person. I feel tears welling up just talking about it. I wanted to volunteer because I felt dogs without a family need someone to show them love and show them how important they are, but in reality, these dogs helped me. It's like I will help you and you will help me.

These dogs are amazing beings, they live on this farm waiting for someone to take them and love them for the wonderful dogs that they are, they aren't just laying around pouting, they are happy for anyone to show them love. We as humans can learn a thing or two from a homeless dog. Don't judge someone before you really get to meet them and make the best out of any situation you are in.

We think that going and volunteering to walk the dogs and give them love is something to temporarily help them until they get a home, but even after one the dogs is adopted, the time we spend with them makes a difference in their lives forever. They may be a little more gentler with a child because of the belly rubs. They may start to not be afraid of humans if they were once abused because I showed them that their are humans that want to love them and make them a home. As we have grown up in this world, tiny acts of kindness that strangers have shown us among the passing years have stuck and we remember, the same goes with dogs. They will remember all the kindness showered over them and will help make someones house a home because of it.

I know that I am truly thankful for what these dogs have done for me, and I hope that I can repay them by helping them find homes!!

The picture above is one of my favorites, a Dane named Abbey. She was the first dog from the rescue that I took for a walk, okay, I lie, she took me skiing. But in reality, she doesn't get walked very much, due to the volume of dogs, and when she was let out, she pulled the leash raring to go, and I happened to still be attached!! Here is some info on her: Abbey is still a young girl at heart looking for her TRUE forever home. Abbey has been in several homes and was surrendered to our rescue recently. Because she has been in different homes, Abbey needs someone who will be patient with her and gain her trust. When people first approach her kennel, she will bark at them because she is so untrusting of others and nervous. But inside, there is a wonderful heart who is looking for a nice place to lay her head, eat her meals, and go on long walks. Abbey does get along with other dogs and would do great with a medium to large male dog who will run and play with her. Abbey would also be best in a home with kids over 10.

The Picture above is Amos. Here is some info on him:Amos is a beautiful black Lab mix that came from a high kill shelter with his brother, Andy. Amos is very scared at the rescue, but is starting to come around. Amos feels very safe with his brother, but would be fine adopted without him. Amos needs someone who is patient and willing to take the time to get to know all of his special gifts. Amos would do well in a home with Andy or as the only dog to start.

The picture above is of a sweet little girl named Ebby! She is dachshund/basset hound, and totally the best of both worlds...I love her and want her for myself, but I want to wait to get another dog! She is currently in foster, so she is being well loved!! Here is some info on her: I love to ride in the car. I love treats and I like to play with toys. I am such a good girl. I hope you have room for me in your car, your home and your heart! Really...I don't take up much space.

Here is the website for the rescue!


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