Once I was a lonely dog,
Just looking for a home.
I had no place to go,
No one to call my own.
I wandered up and down the streets,
In rain, in heat and snow.
I ate whatever I could find,
I was always on the go.
My skin would itch, my feet were sore,
My body ached with pain.
And no one stopped to give a pat
Or to gently say my name.
I never saw a loving glance,
I was always on the run.
For people thought that hurting me
was really lots of fun.
And then one day I heard a voice
So gentle, kind and sweet.
And arms so soft reached down to me
And took me off my feet.
"No one again will hurt you",
Was whispered in my ear.
"You’ll have a home to call your own
Where you will know no fear."
"You will be dry, you will be warm,
You’ll have enough to eat,
And rest assured that when you sleep,
Your dreams will be sweet."
I was afraid I must admit,
I’ve lived so long in fear.
I can’t remember when I let
A human come so near.
And as she tended to my wounds
And bathed and brushed my fur
She told me about the rescue group
And what it meant to her.
She said, we are a circle,
A line that never ends.
And in the circle there are you,
Protected by your friends.
And all around you are
The ones that check the pounds,
And those that share their home
After you’ve been found.
And all the other folks
Are searching near and far,
To find the perfect home for you,
Where you can be a star.
She said, "There is a family,
That’s waiting patiently,
And pretty soon we’ll find them,
Just you wait and see."
"And then they’ll loin our circle,
They’ll help to make it grow,
So there’ll be more room for more like you,
Who have no place to go."
I waited very patiently,
The days they came and went.
Today’s the day I thought,
My family will be sent.
Then just when I began to think
It wasn’t meant to be,
There were people,
gazing down at me.
I knew in a heart beat,
I could tell they felt it too
They said "We have been waiting
For a special dog like you."
Now every night I say a prayer
To all the gods that be.
"Thank you for the life I live
and all you’ve given me."
"But most of all protect the dogs
In the pound and on the street.
And send a special person,
to lift them off their feet.
As their own resources permit, animal rescue groups work with local animal shelters in an effort to place adoptable dogs (and other homeless animals) that are scheduled for euthanasia. The sad fact is that many animals die every day before they find a “forever home”. The commercials you see on television about neglect and abuse are very real. Consumers can literally save an animal’s life simply by choosing adoption over a pet store or breeder purchase. Please consider adoption.
July 23, 2012 - Posted by LAPCATS Sacramento Area Cat & Kitten Adoptions | Adoptions/Adoptathon, Animal Welfare/Protection, Dogs, Poems and Stories, Volunteers | Be the Change for Animals, Blog The Change, Bloggers unite for dog rescue, homeless dog
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Laguna Adoption Program County Animals Team Sacramento (LAPCATS)
LAPCATS is an all-volunteer run and staffed effort to place healthy, loving adult shelter cats into forever homes. We are supported by the Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation, TEAM (the local non-profit associated with the shelter), and PetSmart. LAPCATS brings homeless shelter cats to the public through Petfinder and the Adoption Center in the Elk Grove PetSmart.
LAPCATS, established in April 2005, has now placed over 1,500 homeless shelter cats! Our cats are chosen for good temperament and adoptability, so if you are looking for a great feline companion and a real lap cat, please stop by today!
LAPCATS is a 501(c) non-profit under TEAM, the non-profit organization affiliated with Sacramento County Animal Care. Donations to LAPCATS are tax-deductible.
Learn more about LAPCATS at lapcats.org.
“Rescue animals aren’t broken, they’ve simply experienced more life than other animals. If they were human we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write, the ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage. Don’t pity them. Do something. Help to rescue. Donate. Volunteer. Foster. Adopt. And be proud to have their greatness by your side.” ~Pedigree
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