Our Inspirational Star

How dog owners make a difference

For us, when something goes wrong in our lives, we pray and hope for another chance or another opportunity to make a difference. We have friends and family we can run to for advise and then eventually we get the second chance that we need. However, it’s not that easy for our fury friends. But here’s an inspirational story about a dog that went through a lot of abuse until she was given a second chance when she was rescued. At first, they told her owners that she was unadoptable but thanks to the owners’ will to take her in, she had a second chance and went to a happy home. Her name was Starfish and here’s her inspirational story on how she fought for her life until her last breath.

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photoI’ve been here for a few weeks now, waiting for someone to come and take me home with them. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much traffic through here lately. One of our friends got picked yesterday. A family dropped by and took him to his new home, making the cage seem a little lonelier. Luckily, I’ve got a couple of pals to spend the time with. We chat on occasion, telling grand tales of freedom and running through the parks, chasing cats. But all we really want is for that right someone to walk through that door be as excited about us as we are about them.

Perhaps there is a little more to it, though. A home would be great, but the right home would be perfect. I often wonder to myself what the right companion would be like. Personally, I like to spend my time with my companion, a daily walk in the park and some quality time well spent. A little bit of space would be perfect, but I’m small enough that I’d be happy with anything.

The cages are quiet today, feeding time has come and gone, so everyone is just lazing about. Ace and Frank seem a little bored, both pups just lying around doing much of nothing, so I break the monotony. I ask Ace and Frank what they think their owners should be like.

“Gee, Benny, I don’t really know,” Ace says, his face deep in thought. I can tell he’s concentrating because his droopy expression is tensed up. “I kinda like to be my own dog most of the time. A companion would be nice, but I like some time to myself, too. You know, get into mischief, maybe tear up the neighbor’s garden on occasion.” Ace jumped up and added, “Gotta have some room to run or else I’d get bored.”

“Whatever,” Frank interrupted, “your little stubby legs would be happy with a tiny fenced-in yard.” Frank’s a good dog, but he likes to tease Ace about his stubby legs. Ace responded by tackling Frank, starting a wrestling match.

“Well, what about you?” I asked Frank. He was a wild character, so I knew he definitely needed some room to run, too.

“Me?” Frank stopped wrestling with Ace and started thinking. “I’d like someone to spend a lot of time with me. You know how I am, I love to play. It’d drive me nuts to be by myself all the time. Maybe some kids to play with, too. A few games of fetch in the park and tons of room to run and dig would be perfect.” Frank sat down and asked me, “What about you, Benny?”

I thought for a moment, trying to picture what the perfect home and companion would be like. “I’d like someone who is there to play with me, but I don’t really think they’d have to spend every waking moment with me. At least enough time so that I don’t think they’ve forgotten about me.”

I’ve had an owner before, long ago, but they didn’t want me anymore, so they brought me here. A companion would be great, but I don’t need attention as much as Frank does. The rascal loves attention. I figured Ace wouldn’t be as worried about spending time with an owner, he always talks about how much he enjoys his “alone time.” That lazy pup would likely just sit around and watch the Discovery channel all day long. At least, whenever he gets out of here.

I look around the cage. Really, all we want is for someone to come and take us home. I’d love someone that I could call “mine.” I know Frank definitely wants a whole family to play with, and even though Ace likes to be alone, deep down, I know he wants a family, too.

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Tomorrow is National Homeless Pet Day

Over the years, the number of homeless pets has been growing and has actually reached the highest count so far.  Animal shelters and pounds have become packed and overcrowded which resulted to turning down and euthanizing these great pets! A lot of neglected, discarded, and abandoned dogs still suffer at the shelter on an empty stomach. With limited resources, shelters are struggling.

Each year, millions of dollars are being invested into animal shelters for care of homeless pets. You can help by donating or purchasing products were some funds are used to purchase pet food.

photoHow can you help?

First, begin by taking good care of your animal pets if you have one yourself. It’s surprising that many current pet owners will be the ones who make room in their homes to adopt a pet. You might be one of them.  Review your own home needs, abilities, and desires of your family and see.

Remember, to take care of your own pooch first
by ensuring that your dogs come with their respective tags for easier identification and can be returned in the event that your dogs get lost.  It is also recommended that you spay or neuter your dogs to make certain that the possibility of overpopulation is being controlled.

Second, adopt animals instead of buying them from a pet shop or a breeder. Imagine the world if each person would only adopt at least one pet, there will be no issue about having homeless pets in our society today.

Third, promote advocacy to your own family and friends. The best way to encourage them is by making them aware of the need.  By discussing the significance of proper animal care with them, you can make a real impact and increase the base of individuals taking a serious role in caring for homeless pets as you spread this important message.

Lastly, if you are capable and can share extra funds within your means, it is best to contribute to animal shelters. Most of these pet shelters are all lowly funded and are under pressure just to keep a small number of animal pets they have. As more people take part in this advocacy, the simpler it will be for pets to find homes.

Make this a part of your habit – not just because we are celebrating National Homeless Pet Day this week.  Always drop by the nearest pet shelter in your local vicinity first when you decide on a new addition to your family.  Just look at these faces!

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