I have been a volunteer photographer at the Lake Dallas Animal Shelter for almost a year. I live in Hickory Creek. I have thought about going there many times, but I have held back. At National Night Out a Hickory Creek PD asked me "Why LD's Shelter? Why not Hickory Creek?" I did not want to tell him the truth. Honestly, I felt bad because the only reason I had not gone was because one of our dogs (Hera) had been quarantined there twice. Yes that is why. I dreaded seeing where Hera had been in quarantine. So why was she there? Because I was caught in the crossfire pulling her away from one of our other dogs during a fight and I was bit. So why did they have to quarantine her, she was all up to date on her shots including rabies. However, the state required her to be quarantined for up to 10 days.
Now many may not agree about what happened next. I ask that if you have something negative to say, to please not say it here. This was our choice and we do not regret it. After two instances we thought that we needed to surrender her to the shelter or re-home her. This was taking a toll on our family. She is really a sweet dog with others. She is just very protective in a group of other female dogs. We tried to find a new home but ultimately she was set to be euthanized for her behavior.
The night before she would be euthanized, my husband asked me to give her the final meal. I could not. I cried. I could not imagine watching her be euthanized much less watch her eat a final meal. What was I doing? Why were we resorting to this? But what could we do? We thought we had looked at every option. The reality was we had not. There was one more option to consider.
WE KEPT HER! She is part of the family, a child with special needs. We chose to work with her and our other 4 dogs. We made a commitment when we took ALL our pups into our home. Therefore, it was our responsibility to work with ALL of them. To keep a long story short, we hired a trainer. Keith Morris with Beyond K9. He was awesome. To this day we still have all five dogs, We work with all of them and the special needs of Hera. Remarkably the training has done wonders for ALL our dogs. Hera is a happier dog and less nervous. I am glad we did not give up on her.
So today I went to the Hickorty Creek shelter and met 3 adorable pups and 4 cats lookng for their FUREVER homes. It was awesome to let go of the past so thast these animals might have a chance. They were so ready to shower me with love and kisses. I hated to leave without them. But, this is how it goes when I photograph them All I can hope for is for someone to see thier photos and decide to come in and adopt. That could be you!
When I began volunteering for the Lake Dallas Animal Shelter I did not expect to visit as much as I do now. Animals give an unconditional love like no other. If I could take all of these babies in my home I would. I am sure anyone who volunteers for the shelter feels the same. It is heartbreaking to go week to week and see the same pup or cat still there waiting for a home. Even worse is to see ones returned or relinquished by the owner. Regardless, if a photo tells a million words, then I hope this blog will tell you what the animals say.
My most recent post features the cats of the shelter. At one point they has 45 cats! Last time I went it was close to 30. We have named these series of photos "The Real Housecats of Lake Dallas". They are purrfect for your home! Go by and see one today.