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3/28/14 1:37 P

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emoticon back! And I hope you'll get lots of slobber kisses today. emoticon

I guess I have experience from years in rescue and years on positive training forums. Most people are nice or at least respectful of differences, a few are not. They may have their reasons, maybe they were abused themselves, but I go by the principle of reinforcing the behavior I want to see more of in people and in animals. I don't have to be mean or yell at the idiots, but I can ignore them while always keeping an eye out for the possibility that they do something that deserves my attention and affection and THEN give it.
We need more volunteers at shelters, in part for the animals and in part to give emotional support to the often over-worked staff who have a hard job in many cases. Shelters are not the ideal environment for any animal but we can improve their quality of life when possible and find them a home as fast as possible. And, yes, people better have a place to dump their unwanted animals, because, like it or not, they will find a worse solution than the local pound and a shot in the head is not anywhere close to the worst.
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3/28/14 12:42 P

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Thank you very much Birgit, you totally just made my day, I wish I could give you a real hug emoticon
I thought this lady was kinda crazy, especially when she told me I shouldnt work at a shelter, I actually started to laugh out loud at my desk LOL!!! I just dont understand the 'all or nothing' mentality, but like you said thats a personal calling. I dont judge this lady for saying everything she said, she is entitled to her own opinions, but man was she annoying! I have been warned about these extremists before (I apologize for anyone who might be one reading this), but please have respect for other peoples opinions. The last comment I wrote was 'I'm not going to argue on a public chatroom, have a great day!' and left it at that
What this lady said about me didnt upset me one bit... but it saddens me that we are all there to support animals and help prevent cruelty. I understand there are different obstacles and ethical issues people see differently... but the lack of respect for someone who is 'on your side'... thats the all or nothing mentality I dont get. And for someone to think someone else shouldnt work at an animal shelter because they dont believe in it, wouldnt that be going backwards on helping animals? Personally I cant control why these people are dropping their animals off, but I CAN control how I treat these animals once they are in the shelter, with lots of love, kindness and countless belly rubs!

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3/28/14 12:31 P

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Lots, but I'll keep it short, LOL. There are a lot of extremists who believe there is never a good reason to leave an animal at a shelter. Those extremists are also the most outspoken and obnoxious. I would recommend ignoring this person completely. Don't let a complete stranger try to make you feel bad. For every problem there are many different answers and which one you pick is not just a matter of right and wrong but also of personal calling.
I am very thankful for especially those shelter workers who perform euthanasia in the kindest manner possible (taking extra time, given special meals) in spite of the fact that I could never do it myself.
You are right that we should never judge other people without having walked in their shoes. Keep up the good work, most people will not be this narrow-minded.
Birgit

P.S. I always know that people who treat other people poorly will do the same to their animals, especially behind closed doors when nobody's watching.

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I have a random question regarding animal shelters, please no bashing, I am just trying to understand…
On Facebook I follow a page for PuppyDoe, and they post dogs that have been abandoned and reach out to people for adoption and help. Today they posted a pit bull that was with his owners for 7 years, and they were going to put him in a shelter but wanted to find someone to adopt him by Saturday. The story read that he was fully vaccinated and friendly with other dogs and humans. There were many comments saying these people were horrible and cruel for abandoning their dog after all those years… I commented saying it might just be that they are cruel and evil people, but we don’t know their full story so I am not going to assume. I don’t know their situation on why they are abandoning this dog, but it seems like they are trying hard to get him adopted out before Saturday so he wont be in a shelter. This lady attacked me saying there is no excuse and everyone who does this is bad and cruel. I replied back saying I’m not making excuses for this family, but it seems like they are trying… this dog had his vaccinations and they had him for 7 years. I work at a shelter and have seen people heartbroken for leaving their animals for numerous reasons (finances, allergies, not getting along with other animals, moving…) I’m not saying its good or bad, and not everyone is sad to abandon their pet, I just don’t want to assume their intentions without knowing their story… she kept going on and on about how I shouldn’t work at a shelter because I shouldn’t accept those excuses, and I shouldn’t have kids because I might abandon them haha!… I didn’t reply because I’m not going to argue with a grown woman who clearly does not understand my point.
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1/18/14 8:15 P

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I know so well how that happens, LOL, usually small dogs are claimed by their owners more than large dogs so hopefully that little guy will be picked up soon.
I was at a local shelter today just to look for a client that is asking my help to find them a new dog after losing the last one to cancer. It is always difficult to leave as there is always at least one dog or cat that I wish I could take home.
You may want to also join the dog rescue team on Spark where you'll find many like-minded friends.
Here is a link:
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1/18/14 6:23 P

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Can I please take them all home with me? =)
We had a Pomeranian in today, someone must have lost him because he was very well groomed and obedient, we found him yesterday. He wouldn't leave my side all day, I totally fell in love with him!

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1/14/14 12:36 A

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NSKYLINE,
I think it is heaven's reward for us that animals show us so much love in return when we rescue them and take care of them. There are truly few things that are as fulfilling as helping an animal in need. I suppose people who help disadvantaged kids feel the same way.
Maybe it is really true in general that few things make us feel as good as giving good things to others, which is why the whole idea of paying it forward is so powerful. emoticon

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1/13/14 9:13 P

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Hey MSLADYBUG3,
it breaks my heart knowing there are many people out there who hurt animals... these animals didn't do anything to deserve this pain and suffering. They did not ask to be here and in the hands of a cruel person. We try our best to keep these animals comfortable and happy at the shelter, they have really grown on me, I even had a couple dreams about them HAHAHA.
Ya know whats strange? I always looked up to people who rescued animals as hero's and WONDERFUL people, and they really are truly amazing I cant even describe in words. You are the first person who has ever said that to me, I've never looked at myself like that. If anything these animals are helping ME, they show so much love and compassion if anything they are my hero's and saints =)
Thank you so much for your kind words, spread the love!!

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1/13/14 5:17 P

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NSkyline, so glad you are there. That story about puppy doe made me sick to my stomach. It makes me sad that some people feel the need to stoop so low as to hurt an animal. Thanks for all you are doing. You are a saint.

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
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Hey Birgit,
that is a wonderful idea, thank you!!

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1/13/14 1:24 P

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NSKYLINE,
Once you have had a chance to look around spark you may find that it's a great place to share about things you care about, including animal rescue. Set up your spark page and once you make it public you can write blogs, post pictures etc. and tell others what you are doing. It's very encouraging for you and for others who are like-minded. Dogs (and cats) are great to give us motivation for healthy living.
Cheers,
Birgit

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Thank you for the support! Yes I agree these type of things happen everywhere and its really sad =( I hope Puppy Doe along with other cases have brought more awareness to communities. Its amazing how many people think hurting an animal isnt considered abuse, its amazing how they dont see the consequences. I actually follow someone on Facebook, her page is Buck Needs Bucks for his Buckshots... basically a lady in Texas found this poor dog (Named him Buck) who was abused and thrown in a bag and left to die. She rescued him, nurtured him back to life, and takes him to schools and communities and teaches about animal cruelty and awareness. She raises money to help rescuse other animals and helps get them adopted out.
Anyways, I'm really glad SparkPeople has a section for animal lovers =) I'm glad to be part of a group that has huge hearts for these furbabies =D

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1/13/14 11:22 A

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Welcome to the team! Great you are volunteering at the shelter. I know how hard it is not to get too attached. I've rescued animals for many years and helping out at shelters makes the animal's lives a lot better.
I looked at the story and it is very sad, unfortunately these stories are very common, some of them linked to the whole sick industry of pitbull fighting all over the country. There are endless thousands of dogs raised just to fight and get killed for sport. Of course breeding dogs in puppy mills is just as bad. The cute puppies they produce may get a home but the breeding animals suffer all their lives and may never get out of their tiny, filthy cages.
The only answer is talking about it and encouraging people to get their pets from reputable breeders, rescue groups and shelters.
Birgit

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1/13/14 8:18 A

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Welcome to the team!

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Good Morning all!
I am fairly new to Sparkpeople (joined a couple years ago but didnt get serious about it till now). I recently started volunteering at my local Animal Shelter and help take care of the dogs. I've always loved animals and donated to shelters, but this is my first time doing something hands on. I absolutely love it!!! I am so attached to the dogs there, my experience there has been so wonderful. For all those who heard of the Puppy Doe incident in Quincy MA, that is the shelter I volunteer at, and her story is actually what motivated me to volunteer. For those who dont know her story here is a link, but a heads up you might cry reading it:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/23/p
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I love this place so much, meeting new friends (both human and k9).
Enjoy your day everyone!!!

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