March 08, 2018
I could never do it! How do you not bring them all home?
You’re right, it takes a special kind of person to work with animals and even more so to work in a shelter or rescue environment. Not everyone can do it. These individuals are equipped with special hero-like powers.
People who work in the animal non-profit sector do it for the passion of helping animals. They do not do it for the money or for the bragging rights. Unless of course you count grotesque stories- such as being covered with anal glands- bragging rights. Which, let’s face it, some of these people do!
Those who work in this field frequently hear the same kinds of questions:
Those who work in the non-profit sector are incredibly strong and brave, and I hope they are told so on a daily basis.
Shelter and rescue workers can take in the “broken” and injured animals, look past the flaws, and work tirelessly to make the animal feel more comfortable, not caring that they haven’t relieved their bladder in hours and ignoring the rumbling of their own hungry stomachs, because the animal in front of them needs them more.
When someone can no longer care for an animal, no matter the reason, it’s the rescue and shelter workers that tie on their super hero capes and jump into the role of the caring friend, soothing the animal and supporting them, whispering sweet nothings in their ears and pulling them close.
When an animal is aggressive and scared, ready to bite and lash out, it’s the rescue and shelter workers that stand at the front line, with little to no armor, as they do their best to convince the animal they are safe and the humans around are not trying to hurt it. Try asking a shelter or rescue worker about their battle wounds. You will be in awe over the efforts put forth for an animal that, in that moment, despises them.
When an animal needs to be euthanized, and not for lack of space, it’s the rescue and shelter workers that stand with the animal, petting them, soothing them, and feeding them hot dogs, nachos and ice cream, crying over the animal as they pass over the rainbow bridge. They did not pass alone, their paw was held the entire time. And even though that animal didn’t belong to them, the animal still just stole a little piece of their heart and when the worker goes home to put their head on their pillow that night, you better believe the animal will be in their thoughts. Don’t be surprised if the ink paw prints that decorate their work area or locker are animals from the rescue or shelter that stole a piece of their heart.
The reward is seeing these animals come in, no matter the condition, and knowing they got to be a part of the animal’s story. These are the bragging rights.
It takes a special kind of person to work in the animal non-profit sector. A super hero. They are not crazy, but have crazy passion about what they do and why they do it.
Giving Bark™ wants to work with these shelters and rescues and support them by donating 50% of proceeds to the shelters and rescues, and therefore back to the animals in their care. These donations help the rescues and shelters in helping more animals and providing the care and resources needed to help these animals find a home.
March 05, 2018
Many pet owners have heard of probiotics, but many do not know whether or not probiotics would benefit their own pets living happily within their homes. So, is there even a point to add a daily supplement, such as a probiotic, into a pet’s daily routine?
December 07, 2017