I have been trying to think of something to write about all day and couldn’t think of anything. I know, I know, next week the Supreme Court will issue its decisions on the Affordable Care Act, Arizona’s immigration law, and a few other high-profile cases. I started writing something about those but on my break I got an email that got to me.
Three years ago we adopted our dog Duke from the Humane Society of West Michigan and we sent them an email on his 3rd anniversary with us, giving them an update on Duke’s life since then. Someone sent us back a very nice email part of which reads: “I knew he would be a great dog with the right people and I am so grateful that you adopted him”. What it reminded me was that, despite their small budget and on-going need for supplies, the HSWM staff take the time to not only get to know the animals under their care, but also to place them in places where they will belong and prosper. It doesn’t always work out that way, of course, but they do have the best interest of the animals at heart. Whether it’s 100′s of dogs rescued from a breeder or 1 dog being surrendered by a heartbroken guardian who can no longer care for her, shelters deal with all kinds. Whether they are public or private I just want to say thank you.
The library has lots of books on adopting, raising and training dogs. If you want to get more involved, consider volunteering your time, or donating to one of the many rescue groups in our area.