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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:25 PM
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I took my kids (7,10) to the Animal Shelter for the first time today.
I explained the whole thing to them. Where the dogs and cats come from, how they are hungry and scared.

They made a nice donation and spent an hour with the cats and the puppies and the dogs.

Naturally, they were drawn to the puppies. Two pups in particular were desperate for human touch. My son broke down over it.

I am always drawn to the quiet older fellas....the ones with grey around their muzzle.

One just stood in his cage and looked at me...with a tennis ball in his mouth. Ready to go.

I broke down, too. But I always do.

My kids walked out with volunteer forms to fill out. They want to help. Bless their little hearts.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:31 PM
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1. Good for you. I'll bet they share that experience, and
spreading the good word about animal shelters and the good (and bad) parts is quite a level of volunteerwork.
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:38 PM
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2. A toast to you for teaching your kids about compassion
:toast: They sound like wonderful people and I know they will make a difference at the shelter.
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BigMama50 Donating Member (58 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:38 PM
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3. oh..tennis balls...
sniff...

snifff....

my beloved goldie, Gus...we had him put down recently and we knew it was over when the ball fell out of his sweet mouth....


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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:53 PM
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6. Aw. I am sorry about that. I know how painful it is. n/t
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:09 PM
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7. How difficult that must have been
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 04:10 PM by KurtNYC
I am in tears (but I tell myself that life begins anew)



The birth of 8 goldens, Santa Rosa, 5/2/2006



Number 7 arrives
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nini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:39 PM
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4. I wish I had the money and the land to take all of them
It breaks my heart to see how many animals can't get homes :cry:
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:40 PM
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5. I should go back to the shelter
I miss the animals
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:19 PM
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8. I wanted to take every kitty in the shelter when I went.
:cry:

It broke my heart to just take one (we've got other cats).
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