I have been walking dogs at the old pound, now run by a volunteer organisation called Gosford Dog Paws. They take great care of the dogs and are a no kill shelter, which means that only dogs that are ill or dangerous would be put down and all the rest will live there until they are rehomed. It would be nice if all shelters could do this, but realistically, if people keep abandoning pets, there are just not enough places for them to go. We need to encourage desexing of pets, responsible ownership, and adopting from shelters, not pet shops and possible puppy mills.
Volunteering to play with and walk dogs at a local shelter is a great thing to do. Dogs really think humans are their best friends, and it is nice for them to get as much human contact as possible until they go to their forever homes. It is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things I have ever done. I love all the different personalities of the dogs, and their excitement at getting to play with a new friend.
Of course, I wish I could take them all home, but it is good to know that many of my lovely buddies have already been adopted to new homes!
Here are a few of my canine buddies (pictures from Gosford Dog Paws website)
Bella Donna is a big girl but very sweet and well behaved!
Gertie (adopted now, I think), so cute and sweet!
Gypsy, young and super energetic, with a gorgeous face!
Lewie is 12 but you wouldn't know it. He likes to stand up on his back legs and put his paws on your arm, and to roll around on his back flailing his paws while you scratch his tummy. He is a real little live teddy bear.
Memphis has the most loving personality. He likes to walk and run and to get hugs and scratches. He came for a walk with me today and sat across my lap, making a noise almost like a big cat purring as I rubbed his ears and head. I was pretty won over!
Well, those are the ones of my friends that had photos up, I hope you enjoyed meeting them and that perhaps others will consider walking shelter dogs in their local area or adopting a new friend from the shelter! Remember adult dogs have sweet personalities too, and not having to toilet train a little puppy is a plus!