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Old 12-03-2016, 12:27 AM
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Some Shelter Dog Stories

Hello, I'm a volunteer for a Humane Society in Ohio and nearly every day I visit the 20-50 dogs that call that building their home (temporary, until a forever one can be found ).
Truly, it is amazing how you can learn so much about each dogs individual personalities, and how you interact a little differently with each one. From the gentle giants to sweet toy breeds and feisty middle-ground mutts, each one is unique from the last, and each one we do our best to find a home for and give the best care to every day.
Right now our shelter is taking in dogs from two counties, since the adjecent county's Humane Society closed down from under-funding. Over half our dogs come from that county, so we are generally pretty full, and about 90% of the strays that come in are not neutered/spayed.
We also do a cat clinic, take in stray or surrendered cats, have a prison program for difficult to adopt dogs and cats, and currently we have four unrelated rabbits that came in either as strays or surrenders.

Anyways, right now we have around 46 dogs at the shelter, in foster and in our prison program. They range from around 14 weeks to 12+ years, from little terrier mixes that are only a few pounds to large Pittie mixes. We've got some pretty cool colors too, including black dogs with blue eyes, a blue-eyed hound, and light fawn brindle.

I have to say, you can't really have favorites when caring for animals but I have a soft spot for John, Alby and Sasha. John is an elderly black lab who came in heart-worm positive. He is so sweet and loves life, despite some mobility issues. Alby is a shy Border Collie mix who was also Heart-worm positive, but treated for it successfully. She is so intelligent and playful, but afraid of human touch. And lovable, cuddly Sasha is what is known as a "Pocket Pit-bull".

We've got a few dogs pending adoption and some dogs recently adopted (YAY) but hopefully more can find homes before the holidays, when it can get busy and chilly at the shelter, making it harder to get dogs out for walks and a chance to run in the yard (some dogs might not even want to go out).

Volunteering at a shelter is not easy, there is heart-break, lots of poop and barf and pee and diarrhea, and frustration involved in it. Bruises and scratches are the norm (especially with grumpy cats) but it is so rewarding. It brings so much satisfaction every time an animal happily thanks you with a tail wag, or an owner finds the perfect no companion for a forever friend.

Thanks for reading! : )
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That's awesome that you're doing that! I have always wanted to volunteer at the shelter but you had to be 18 and yesterday was my 18th birthday and that was all I could think about that now I get to volunteer there. I'm highly into photography, taking pictures of every dog I get the chance to (among other things but mostly dogs) and I just fall in love with the pictures and expressions I'm able to capture. That is what I plan to do, is to photograph the shelter dogs for their Petfinder photo because I know how important that is. It's basically a decider for many people whether they will even go in person to look at the dog if its picture doesn't do justice and/or there's just no uniqueness to any of the pictures. It seems like all the dogs are just the same, and I hope to change that. These are a couple examples as these dogs were all from the shelter. I'm just very addicted to showing people how beautiful a shelter dog can be and that just because they were in the shelter doesn't mean they're a lost cause, it just means somebody else failed to recognize that beauty and potential (in the general case of somebody getting a dog then dumping it purely because they don't want it anymore)
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That is so amazing! I'm 18 as well!

Those pictures are gorgeous, and the way you make each one show the dogs true uniqueness and personality is awesome. Keep up the good work!

Best of luck!
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Wow it seems very rare to find teenagers on here haha that's awesome! You volunteer at a no-kill? There's one around here that I volunteered at for a while since you could be 15 but I've really had my heart set on helping dogs with a greater chance of never getting out. How long have you been a volunteer?
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Our shelter doesn't put dogs down for space or time constrains, only if they are too aggressive or sick. I've been volunteering for about 8 months now. Our shelter use to let volunteers under 10, but things are changing for safety purposes. Noisy or hyper kids can make dogs too excited and cause them to knock the kids down. Each shelter has a little bit different rules.

It is a great feeling helping animals that may not be adopted, but it is also very heart-breaking. Sometimes dogs deemed unadoptable at our shelter are still so sweet, just were not trained properly when young and so aren't safe. I remember all the dogs and cats that passed away at our shelter, and sometimes I wish I could have done more to help them.
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