July 16, 2013


Dogs and cats, they end up homeless. Sometimes they get dumped, sometimes they get lost and not found.  Sometimes their owner has a crises in the family, and they cannot take one more added stress like a spouse relentlessly pushing to get rid of the cats because they are not using the litter box. Sometimes, something has to give, and the animals, through no fault of their own, end up at the pound.

It's easy to get pissed when this happens, and it's easy to shout from the rooftops how wrong it is. But you know what? Why spend the time languishing about the irresponsible public, and why not give them a break. Spend that time working on ways to help people keep their pets. Spend that time getting the abandoned ones into new homes, it can and is being done. Spend that time showcasing the unfortunate ones to be awesome and wonderful pets. 

Angels of Assisi staff, volunteers, and community members spent a lot of time the last few years pushing for change at our local pound, including letting volunteers in the building and allowing animals to be adopted from there. And for dogs like Diamond, who was left at the pound with this note, it was worth every minute.

She got adopted yesterday after volunteers spent their time taking her photo, walking her, giving her a fair behavior assessment, and helping us process her adoption application. It was rewarding, it was fun, and she will never be in danger of losing her life due to homelessness again. Time well spent, and we loved every second of it. 

We cannot know for certain how long we have here. We cannot foresee the trials or misfortunes that will test us along the way. We cannot know God's plan for us.

What we can do is to live out our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy. We can treat others with the kindness and respect that we wish for ourselves. We can learn from our mistakes and grow from our failures. And we can strive at all costs to make a better world, so that someday, if we are blessed with the chance to look back on our time here, we can know that we spent it well; that we made a difference; that our fleeting presence had a lasting impact on the lives of other human beings.

— Barack Obama

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