Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ups and Downs

Tuesday was great and I'm thrilled for Barack Obama.  I think he will take this country in the right direction and really be a good president.  But enough politics-this is a knitting blog!

Sunday DH and I went to donate the money we raised at the ALPO bake sale to the shelter.  I also took the money I made from SAFF that I had pledged to donate to them.  There was this beautiful little dog running around inside the lobby area.  She was some sort of mutt, maybe some beagle, maybe some rat terrier, and was just about Max's size.  She was younger though, having been adopted a few months ago from the shelter as a puppy.  Apparently they adopted her and when they were moving, brought her back.

That makes me so angry!  A dog or cat or bird is a lifetime commitment.  Not for your life, but for theirs!  I understand if the owner passes away, or is suddenly incapacitated, but because you are moving?  Unless you are moving into prison, you can take your animal with you.

But I would not want the option to not be available.  I love to do the offsite adoptions, and I'm hoping to do one today, but I don't want to force animals on people.  I don't want them to be spur of the moment decisions (unless you are a responsible pet owner no matter what).  I suppose it is better that Tiny comes back to MOAS than get left outside on her own when the moving truck leaves.  

I wish I could bring her home.  I wish I could bring them all home.  But I know that our home is as full of fur as it can be.  There's a delicate balance right now between Max and the cats, and the bird of course, and our budget is strained as it is with food, litter and vet visits for the animals we do have.  I would not want to bring another animal into our home and have our current animals suffer for it.  Also, I think another dog would antagonize the cats too much and make them miserable.  Max deserves to be an only dog for a while at least (until we have a bigger house and fenced in yard and lose a couple cats).  

I cry myself to sleep sometimes thinking about them.  I wish every dog and cat at the shelter had a chance at a happy home.  I know the shelter does a great job, but it is no substitute for the love and affection that a family can give an animal.  Thinking about the animals gets me thinking about children in foster homes and wow, I really can't go that route right now.

I suppose my best bet is to continue to try and raise money for them.  I tell myself that every dollar I raise gives each animal a few more days to stay at the shelter, and a few more days equals a better chance to be adopted.  The shelter there is really great anyway.  They aren't a "no-kill" shelter, but if the animal is adoptable (i.e. not wild or feral) they really will keep them until they are adopted.  I suppose there are probably exceptions, but I've seen animals stay for months while waiting to be adopted.  I've seen animals fill up their quarantine areas because the rest of the shelter is full.

Ah, but it makes me sad to think about it.  If you read this, and are touched like I am, go to MOAS's website and donate.  You can select an animal that has not been fixed yet and for $35 they will fix it, which makes it that much more adoptable. Of course you could always just donate to the shelter and they will use it as they see fit.  If you live in the Athens area, or near an animal shelter, do what I do.  I found out that they really use a lot of canned dog and cat food when an animal is post-op or won't eat for some reason.  So when I'm at the grocery store I pick up a can or two (about$1 or $2 worth) and cut out coupons to use on them as well.  Max and the cats don't eat it, so I give it to them.  Every couple of months I bag up the bottom of the pantry (where I keep it) and drop it off.  I end up giving a lot while not spoiling my budget.

And remember, 10% of the purchase price at BlueMutt Designs goes to MOAS.  I've posted about 20 new sets of stitch markers and can't wait to bring more money to them!

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