When Angels Can’t Save Them All
Animal rescue, it’s born inside a lucky few of us. Some people would consider it a disability or a form of mental psychosis. I haven’t exactly decided what it is. The highs and lows are what I would think could rival that of the hardest drug addict.
What is animal rescue? Well, if I had to sum it up in one word it would likely be “crazy”. How so, you ask? Well, you would have to understand a day in the life of someone involved in it. Within the period of 24 hours, we save lives and we lose lives. We advocate and we educate. We fight and sometimes, we choose to wallow in self pity and misery. Every second of every day we are faced with “life and death” issues for animals who can’t speak for themselves. And it’s a damn good thing they can’t talk because the world could not handle what they would have to say.
How many of you could look hear the stories of how someone wants to relinquish their animal because they had a baby or they got their period? Okay, I have never had the period excuse but when I am constantly bombarded with requests and notes of incompetence, my mind shuts down and all I hear is “la la la la”. Life changes for all of us, you aren’t special. Suck it up, Buttercup. My dog Bowser has been with me since I found him in a truck stop parking lot. He’s been through more than 5 moves (with one being out-of-state), he’s survived a severe car accident, he’s been on Prozac (which is NOT cheap) and medication that they give the astronauts for sickness. He’s had 2 major surgeries in the past 2 years and one time became so ill with pneumonia that he nearly died. Do you think those vet bills were cheap? Nope! The bastard has chewed up at least 15 mini-blinds in the past 5 years, eaten our mattress (twice) and once, he even remodeled my entire bedroom. You think your dog has issues? Try having one that in one night with a babysitter, he eats your bed, your blanket, both sheets, 4 pillows, he rips clothes out of your closet and eats them, chews a hole in the carpet, scratches your bedroom door AND chews off ALL of the trim around your door. My dog could have had a hell of a housewarming party the next day when all of that came back out. And don’t even get me started on all of the other stuff he has done in the span of 11 years.
So , why keep a dog after all of that? Well, when he wasn’t costing me thousands and thousands of dollars, he was catching my tears after I miscarried 3 babies. When he wasn’t digging holes in the backyard he was protecting my oldest son from being hit by a bully. When he wasn’t too occupied with tearing up everything in the house, he was taking the time to hand my infant child a toy that he had dropped off of his Exersaucer. When he isn’t being a Pitbull and eating my children or other people, he’s the center of attention and making sure everyone in the house gets to pet him. The reason why I keep him is that he is family and my very best friend. While he’s caused a lot of crap in my life, he’s also stood right next to me and my children and helped us get through this thing called life.
So, back to animal rescue, when you decide that you’ve had enough of your pet and you just can’t “deal” with them, do you have any clue what happens to them? Well, thankfully these things called angels were created to clean up your messes. These angels are here on Earth, covered in dog and cat hair, smelling like critter and fixing your problems. They have no life, no money and are possibly certifiably crazy. Their phone bills are huge and their vet bills are larger. They spend the day trying to save those animals you toss aside so carelessly. Every day they are given opportunities to help a life and are taxed with the pain of not being able to save them. The physical and emotional pain that these angels endure, day in and day out, is not something that you could handle. Who are these angels? Well, they are every day people who do extraordinary things. When you don’t care enough to care for your animal, these people are the one’s who step in. They whisper words of love in your former pet’s ear. The angels tell them all those things that you once told them and then the angels watch them die because you failed them.
Know that your life always has options. If something in your life changes, know that it changes for your pet, too. If you reach out for help with a problem, you can save your animal’s life. There are pet food pantries, animal rescue groups and countless other resources out there. Please don’t give up on them.