Two years ago, a friend and I started walking shelter dogs at Kansas City, Missouri’s city animal shelter, what most would consider “the pound.” We had no idea what we were getting into.
The open-intake shelter — meaning it could refuse no animal — got all the dogs and cats brought in by Kansas City animal control and plenty more relinquished by the public — around 8,0000 animals annually. I hoped that I might devote one afternoon a week walking shelter dogs that rarely got out of their cages, but I ended being there a lot more — in the trenches, I like to call it. I soon learned that there is an entire network that I didn’t realize existed — one where people (almost exclusively women) spend their nights posting dogs needing foster homes on Facebook, sending urgent e-mails to save cats whose time at the shelter is up and making last-minute phone calls to transport animals to other states — after working all day or night at full-time jobs.
There are as many ideas about what is the “right” or “wrong” way to help homeless animals as there are actual people doing it. This blog will explore as many topics as I can think of about animal rescue, whether in the form of short posts, longer feature articles, humor, essays or the occasional guest post. Feel free to comment and send me your ideas for subjects you’d like to see discussed on this blog. I will do my best to keep it interesting, funny, topical and whatever else it may become along the way.