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! : )