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The Rescue Circle of Saving Lives

When you think of “Dog Rescue” what comes to mind?
A dog, scared and lonely? A pup left behind?
A litter just dumped by the side of the road?
An old, injured mongrel alone in the cold?
It's true these are ALL the most prevalent thoughts,
Images played on mass-media spots.
And dogs are the beings I first thought I'd save –
They were the ones toward whose "rescue" I gave.  

But over the years there is something I've learned –
It’s something I'm not sure that all can discern.
While we save the dogs' lives in the literal sense,
We also save PEOPLE in ways much more immense.
We're contacted daily, the calls never end,
The emails, the Facebooking, texting, pm's.
Each one has a story, a crack in her voice,
Not one thought he’d ever be faced with this choice.
Whatever their reasons they couldn't have known
That THEIR best fur-friend would need a new home.

That’s why I’m sharing the lesson I’ve learned
There’s nothing to gain from judgment or spurn.
DASH offers support in their anguish and dread,
We all know the pain that they’re facing ahead.
I share the one comfort I know to be true,
“No matter the sadness and guilt plaguing you,
I promise, as soon as your dog is with me
Or one of our fosters where you will not be,
As much as you’re crying and worried and sad;
Guess who won’t be taking it nearly as bad?”

It is true, as we’ve witnessed hundreds of times,
Dogs live in The PRESENT and don’t look behind.
They come into DASH homes and just sniff around
Then soft beds and new toys and dog-friends are found.
Their tails begin wagging, their doubts disappear
And soon they behave like they’ve known us for years.
For most this is hardly newsworthy at all,
Except for the people awaiting our call.
“He’s great!” or “She is having a wonderful time!”
For DASH, it is priceless, to give Peace of Mind.

Please, don’t ever say it won’t happen to you;
Never say “never is that something I’d do!”
You have no idea what pet-lovers befall when
The terrible time comes that they make this call.
Whether illness, a death, a job loss, divorce.
They, just like you, said the same words, of course,
Never would life in its worst of upsets
Force them to have to rehome beloved pets.

As this rescue need grows increasingly clear,
More folks contact DASH to help dogs every year.
So now between shelter dogs, owners & strays
There’s no end to Aussies and all of the ways
That DASH will need foster homes, transports & food,
Volunteers, donors, collectors of goods.
So many ways that we hope you’ll be set
To help DASH make 2018 our best year yet!

No matter what way Aussies find their ways here,

They ALL deserve love, help, compassion and care.

Sara Shepperd            

January 19, 2018          

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