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Norwich Bulletin - 12/13/2010

A Dog For Christmas?

So the kids want a puppy, dog, kitten or cat for Christmas? You feel you can afford the every day care but not the initial expense, especially those pet store prices? In this economy, it makes sense to adopt a pet with all the vetwork completed!

Here’s a plea written by an unknown author that touched my heart. This poem makes it even more important for you to look towards the shelters rather than a pet store puppy. Adopt this Christmas – save a life!

'Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full – we are lost but not found.
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
we hope every minute that someone will care,
They'll come to adopt us and give us a call,
"Come here, Max and Sparkie – come fetch your new ball!"

But now we sit here and think of the days…
we were treated so fondly – we had cute, baby ways,
Once we were little, then we grew and we grew -
now we're no longer young and we're no longer new.
So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
They reacted so quickly – why were they so rash?

We "jump on the children," "don't come when they call,"
we "bark when they leave us," "climb over the wall."
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.
If only they'd trained us, if only we knew ---
We'd have done what they asked us and worshipped them too.

We were left in the backyard, or worse – let to roam,
now we're tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye..
"Maybe someone else will give you a try."
So now here we are, all confused and alone –
in a shelter with others who long for a home.

The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
with so many to care for, they can't stay to chat.
They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…
we know that they wonder how long we'll be here.
We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads;
of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.

Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears –
our friends willed with emptiness, worry, and fear.
If you can't adopt us and there's no room at the Inn;
could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
We count on your kindness each day of the year –
can you give more than hope to everyone here?

Please make a donation to pay for the heat….
And help us get something special to eat.
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
And more of us will, if more people will give.

We know it doesn't matter what the kids' want because it is you who will be caring for the pet and you need to want that responsibility. Whatever dog (or kitten/cat) will be perfect in your child's eyes so why not call your local shelter today?

And if it is not time for you to have an animal in your home, then consider buying one less present and donating to your local shelters.

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