Aug 24, 2018

Day in and day out they wait, hoping and praying that today will be the day someone will stop at their cage and greet them, but sadly no one ever comes. As the days go by, they begin to retreat, grow tired and depressed, and they no longer have the strength to rise and they finally lose all hope of ever leaving the cold and dismal cage they are now forced to call home. Who are they? They are the "throw a ways", the ones deemed unadoptable, the sick, the old, the battered and abused, and they are, more oft than not, our wise and caring beloved seniors.

When we finally reach them and extend our hand it's almost as if they can't believe we are there for them. I mean how could we be, after all they have been discarded by the only families they ever loved and left behind to die alone and wondering, sick, in pain and frightened on a cold shelter floor. We are persistent though, we do not leave and we continue to call their names as little by little we watch, through tear stained eyes, as their tails slowly begin to wag and they begin to rise and come towards us. "Yes" we tell them, "we are here for YOU, and no matter how long it takes, we are not leaving until you are ready to leave with us". We have looked past the lumps, the dirt, the mats and the obvious weaknesses in their little bodies and we see only the love, compassion, forgiveness and kindness in their eyes as we reach out to embrace them. We promise them a better life and we tell them they do not have to do tricks, they do not have to charm us, all they need to do is walk alongside of us as we guide them to their freedom.

We see the panic in the eyes of the ones who are not steady and too weak to walk, and we assure them we are not leaving without them as we gently reach down and cradle them in our arms. In those split seconds we begin to see the hope in their eyes as they begin to trust that we are there to give them the promise of tomorrow. Yes, we are there to give them the gift of life because we believe, no matter what, their life matters. As we exit the building we whisper," hold your head high, don't look back, because from this moment forward you will never be alone, abused, neglected, in pain or unloved and you will never see the inside of a shelter again". They pause for a second, wag their limp little tails and look up at us as if to ask "who are you"? We smile, kiss their wet, cold and often dirty little noses, and tell them "we are Leave No Paws Behind, Inc. and we are here to take you home". They finally relax, sigh, and as we help them into the car, they lean forward and smother us with wet, sloppy kisses. We smile, hug them and through tears of happiness whisper "you're so very welcome". Yes my friends, that is what rescue truly is all about right here at Leave No Paws Behind...♥ tw, LNPB

PICTURED: Trixie Blue, 6 years old, rescued by Leave No Paws Behind <3

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