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Confession Time: I’m a spoiled brat. Loved from before I was even born, the worst thing that has ever happened to me is that time Mom served dinner a little late (It was awful. I was starving. I almost died.). I live the good life here, spending my days enjoying frequent naps, gourmet snacks and the occasional butt scratch (HEY! My puggle butt gets itchy!)
My brother, Felix, on the other hand is a rescue and late at night, when Mom and Dad are asleep, he tells me scary stories about these places called ‘shelters’. He says that I am just ONE SLOBBERY STILETTO away from ending up in one of these places. Apparently, these are big scary buildings where dogs that no one wants are sent. They wait and wait – and a few, oh so very few, get a second chance and a better life. Too many don’t get that chance. Too many get the “Big Sleep” and then, just like that, they are gone. ~*~shudders~*~ It’s scary stuff for a pup like me who only knows love and adoration.
It’s easy to sit here at my desk (ie. laptop, on the couch, in my pj’s) and shake my paw at the owners who surrender their pets. It’s easy to blame the people who don’t spay or neuter. And it sure is easy to think awful, nasty thoughts about the degenerate humans who run puppy mills. You know what’s not easy?
BOL, just kidding. It’s not easy to DO something about it.
I am lucky to have some AMAZING women in my life who inspire me so very much. Not content to to shake their paws, blame others and think nasty thoughts, these women have pulled together and DONE SOMETHING to improve the lives of tons of dogs.
Whenever they can, these special ladies give up an afternoon to be a part of a puppy “Freedom Train”. Ever heard of it? It’s really inspiring: It’s regular people, all across the country, that help get shelter pups out of high kill shelters before their time comes and then one leg at a time, they move them all over the country to rescues that find them families and new homes.
Who could resist these faces?
We can’t adopt every rescue ourselves. We can’t solve the animal over-population issues alone, but this is something we can all do. It is so sad to see a transport fail because they couldn’t find enough drivers to complete the journey. This is something we can all do that makes a real difference and helps save the life of pups all over. All it takes is a little time, a little love and the desire to be a part of a positive change.
I’m so thankful for my friends who help these special pups find their way home – Laura, Vicki, Darla – and so many more. You are a part of the change and I’m so proud to call you my friends.
Can you help bring a pups to safety and their forever homes? Check out any of these great organizations below. A lot make it REALLY EASY to help by posting Facebook updates on upcoming routes, so you know when a transport is coming through your area.
Like a band of gypsies, we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends.
Insisting that the world keep turning our way
And our way is on the road again.
Just can’t wait to get on the road again.
Roads of Hope:
Truck ‘n’ Paws:
Dreaming My Way Home:
On The Road Again:
Safe Dog Express:
Freedom Train Animal Rescue Transports:
This post is a part of the btc4animals Blog the Change BlogHop. Check out some other great Blog’s at the list below:
Tuesday 18th of January 2011
Great post (and I loved the On the Road Again reference). :)
Sunday 16th of January 2011
WooWoo the puppy train! These ladies are wonderful, and us animals love the people who make our lives better!
Vicki, Chey Angel, Sierra and Nase
Saturday 15th of January 2011
Koly, thank you so much!!! We hope the small part we play in helping these pups makes a huge difference in their lives! Luvies you and Fe!!
Saturday 15th of January 2011
Great post! and it is so true the easy thing is to not do something. Thank you for providing all the different links for transport groups!