May 12, 2013

Why we continue to do what we do: 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. Sadly, no one ever comes. As the days go by , they begin to retreat and grow tired and depressed. 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 away's", the ones deemed "unadoptable", the "sick, the old and the battered", they are none other than 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 frightened on a cold shelter floor. We are persistent though, we do not leave and as we continue to call their names, little by little we watch through tear stained eyes as their tails begin to wag and they slowly 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 and kindness in their eyes and 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 or 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 their life matters to us. As we exit the building we whisper," hold your head high and don't look back, because from this moment forward you will never be alone, in pain or unloved and you will never see the inside of a shelter again". They pause for a second, wag their 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 and we have come 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 and as we hug them we tenderly whisper "you're so very welcome". Yes my friends, this is why we continue to do what we do because this is what rescue truly is all about...♥ tw, LNPB

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