This Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 15, 16 & 17, is Best Friend's No More Homeless Pet 2010 National Conference.
It's something we wait all year for and instead of participating as a vendor, demonstrating behavior modification through treadmill / exercise therapy for dogs and spreading the word about Move Mutt and implementing our programs in shelters and foster homes, we actually have a chance to attend the conference. We'll gain invaluable information on how to truly affect change for the animals not only in our community but our entire country.
This couldn't come at a better time for us! After years of fighting an uphill battle and very few tangible victories, burn-out is VERY common in animal rescue. Opportunities like this can re-energize and lift spirits in people who face ignorance, abuse and death every day.
The following is a short piece I read years ago and one of the things that troubled me so deeply, I could not ignore its message. It is one of the reasons I've devoted my life to animal rescue. I hope it has the same effect on others and haunts them into doing something to stop the ignorance about the way we treat Gods creatures.
I'm trembling and so worried, for I know I misbehaved.
I chewed Dad's brand new slippers and saw just how he raged.
I did not mean to wreck them, but my teeth were very sore,
and chewing them relieved the pain and made me feel less bored
And when mom came to smack me, I piddled on the floor,
For I had held my pee all day and could not get out the door.
They said that I was "wicked", a menace at first glance,
and when they tied me up outside, I howled for one more chance
Rolled over and sat pretty, and did all those tricks they loved
But they could not forget the wrong and said they had enough
So they took me to a clinic where the smell alone put fear
Into my trembling body, but my cries they did not hear.
For they turned and walked out through the door, without a hug or pat.
I wonder if they will forget, and forgive me, when they come back?
But why do I feel so frightened, as though they've gone for good.
They said they'd love me till I died, they really said they would.
I'm strapped onto a table and they're shaving my front leg
I think I'm getting a needle now, I feel it in my vein...
And why do I feel so lonely? without them comforting me?
And why do I feel so sleepy?
Oh please God, let them forgive me..
Tucker (the beautiful Aussie pictured below) is just one example of a dog who was on the road to euthanasia because of behavior issues. Thankfully, we were able to bring him to Move Mutt and rehabilitate him so that he'll never face the possibility of euthanasia again.
If you'd like to give Tucker his Forever Home click here for more information.
In the following days, we'll be posting info on the No More Homeless Pets Conference sessions we attend and the things we learn at the conference. We're extremely grateful to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and all of Move Mutt's donors who made it possible for us to experience this amazing opportunity.