The famous philosopher Albert Schweitzer once said, "think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." Every time I walk into an animal shelter I heed his words.
The upside of this is that all the animals I meet are well cared for and have been spared any suffering by their wonderful caretakers. The downside is there aren't enough families to adopt all these pets. So while their suffering has ended, their journey hasn't.
With this post, I ask my readers (yes you!) to consider adopting any one of the many wonderful cats, kittens and dogs available at the Wallingford Animal Shelter.
When I stopped by Saturday, the shelter was full. They can't take in any more pets at this time. Together, we can make some happy holiday tails for these pets. I know you or yours can find a friend there, if you just take a moment to consider giving one of them a second chance. Or if not, call a friend, forward this blog, or post it on FB.
Let's empty some cages at this place! That is your homework assignment for this week. I want every animal there to have a happy holiday, and with your help we can make that happen.
All the dogs, cats and kittens at this shelter are being cared for by the wonderful staff at this shelter. I will say again, how constantly floored I am by the amazing, dedicated, caring, and passionate people I meet who run these facilities.
At Wallingford, I met a husband and wife team who are part-time animal control officers--Dean and Marcie Rizzo. They kindly met me off hours so I could meet and photograph just some of the many animals in their care.
As they brought out each animal, they told me of its personal story: Miss B. whose owner had lost her house, a german shepard abondaned in the Walmart parking lot, Huck lonely and frightened wandering in a local cemetary.
Dean told me how sometimes it takes hours and days to catch a cat or dog--one kitty was stuck in a drain pipe, not an easy task getting it out. But I got the feeling he never gives up until that animal is safe in their shelter. Recently they even rescued a wild owl.
I watched them interact with each of the animals, one kitten even jumped on Dean's shoulder--he didn't flinch. Marcie gently coaxed a shy dog to eat one of my treats. The pets had turkey dinner last week, and sometimes are treated to McDonald's hamburgers! Their passion and dedication further inspired me and fanned the fire within my soul to do more. (Dean and Marcie, you are AWESOME!)
So now I turn to all of you. Call your friends, email your family, Facebook your tribe--the dogs, cats, and kittens of Wallingford Animal Shelter want to be home for the holidays. Let's help them get there!
Below are just a few of the animals available:
Duke, an incredibly handsome German Shepard, is about a year old and super energetic. He will need some training, and regular exercise, and is about 65 to 70 lbs.
Molly, a 5 year old, charcoal grey Akita, is sweet and an incredibly gentle dog. She is great on the leash, good with kids and ok with cats. Molly would be a great pet in any home. She liked being pet and was hungry for love.
Jack is a 6 year old, brown and white, Jack Russell Terrier. Jack is a fun, energetic dog and typical of the breed needs to be exercised regularly. He would make a great addition to any family.
Huck is an extremely shy 2 to 3 year old lab/husky mix. Because he is so timid Huck will need someone who is going to be patient with him.
Lady is an all black, greyhound/lab mix. She is a bit skinny, but healthy and very energetic. She will also need some training, and is ok with some dogs.
Beautiful Zsa Zsa is a long haired grey and white kitty. Friendly and soft she is small and about 1 1/2 years old.
Miss B is a medium sized black and white domestic short haired cat. She is about 3 or 4 years old, and is a love. Miss B is happy to be held and pet.
Mable, a white and black striped cat, has lived her whole life outside. She would do best as a barn cat.
Mickey and Jasper are two beautiful long haired cats. They came in together but do not have to be adopted together.
In addition, there are many kittens from 8 to 10 weeks old available for adoption.
The Wallingford Animal Shelter is open Monday throgh Friday 12-5pm. But they are very happy to accommodate your schedule when they can. Please give them a call or send an email to set up a meet and greet.