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Until you have held a tiny puppy in your arms as it kissed your face with slobbery puppy breath and felt the love,
Until you have held an injured or severely ill dog in your arms and felt their pain, and
Until you have looked into the eyes of a tired aging senior dog and felt their wisdom,
You will never understand the life of a rescuer. ...We find beauty in the most incomprehensible places and the otherwise homely faces. It is our gift to see beyond the dirt, terror, sadness and defeat and find the true soul that lies within. We are Rescue.
I am an animal rescuer.
I will never bring about world peace. I will not save the rain forest. I'm not a brain surgeon and I'll never transplant an organ to save a life. I don't have the ear of a powerful politician or world power. I can't end world hunger. I'm not a celebrity, and God knows I'm not glamorous! I'm not looked up to by millions around the world.
Very few people even recognize my name. I'll never win the Nobel Prize. I'll never end global warming. There are a lot of things that I'll never do or become. But today I placed a dog!
It was a small, scared, bundle of flesh and bones that was dropped off in a shelter by unfeeling people that didn't care what happened to it, but yet who were responsible for it even having existence in the first place. I found it a home. It now has contentment and an abundance of love. A warm place to sleep and plenty to eat. A child has a warm fuzzy new friend who will give them unquestioning devotion and teach them about responsibility and love. A wife and mother has a new spirit to nurture and care for. A husband and a father has a companion to sit at his feet at the end of a hard day of work and help him relax and enjoy life. And a sense of security, that when he is gone all day at work, there is a protector and a guardian in his home to keep watch over his family.
No, I'm not a rocket scientist, but today I saved one of God's precious creatures. Today, I made a difference!
I Am An Animal Rescuer.
My job is to assist God's creatures. I was born with the need to fulfill their needs. I take in new family members without plan, thought or selection.I have bought dog food with my last dime.I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand.I have hugged someone vicious and afraid.I have fallen in love a thousand times and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body.
I have Animal Friends and friends who have Animal Friends. I don't often use the word pet. I notice those lost at the road side and my heart aches. I will hand raise a field mouse and make friends with a vulture. I know of no creature unworthy of my time.
I want to live forever if there aren't animals in Heaven, but I believe there are!
Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind?
We may be master of the animals, but the animals have mastered themselves. Something people still haven't learned. War and abuse make me hurt for the world, but a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for humankind.
We are a quiet but determined army and making a difference every day. There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan. Nothing more rewarding than saving a life. No higher recognition than watching them thrive.There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play who only days ago, was too weak to eat.
I am an Animal Rescuer. My work is never done. My home is never quiet. My wallet is always empty, but my heart is always full. In the game of life, I have already won!
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