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Sooooo....today was my first day volunteering at the Animal Shelter! May I start out by saying that I am the ultimate Catwoman....cats are my life. Dogs are nice, I just haven't owned any since I was a child. So, I go there, I fill out a form. They were very busy so there really wasn't anyone to help me get acclimated. One girl showed me around a bit and asked me if I wanted to walk a dog. I explained that I was a cat person, but that if she had one who was 'nice' enough I would give it a shot. So she brought me to Tilly, a 12 year old pointer. Tilly was very happy to have someone give her some attention. We started walking toward the trail. I look up and it was more like a mountain. Mind you, I'm no spring chicken, but I do exercise moderately so I figured, what the heck. Tilly starts pulling me up the hill, all the while I'm huffing and puffing. Once we got to the top, it wasn't bad at all. I was actually liking it. Tilly did her business and we stayed out about 15 minutes. I decided it was time to go back so now we head down the hill. If I thought going up was hard, going down was worse. She dragged me and knocked me on my butt twice. But we made it back to her kennel and all was well.<br><br><br><br>
Now I'm feeling pretty good with myself so I figured, let's try one more. I saw a cute chow mix who kept jumping up trying to get my attention. I went into his pen, he seemed really nice, and he let me put the leash on him. I opened the gate and that's when I realized I made a terrible mistake. I was on the ground in 5 seconds flat. I'm hysterically laughing, so now I can't even get up. But I finally made it and the dog starts pulling me along, all the while I'm trying to dig me feet into the ground to get some stability. I'm grabbing onto trees, cars, anything to keep from falling again. That walk was considerably shorter. I got him back into his kennel and decided to go inside and play with the cats for the remainder of my time there.<br><br><br><br>
Someone had just brought in a kitten. She looked about 4-5 weeks old, very tiny and one of her front legs was hanging limp. She was taken to the vet and it was decided the leg wasn't broken, but she was paralyzed. She can totally manage to walk and get around fine on the three good legs. It was pathetic though, leaving her. I asked about fostering her and they said it was too soon. They want to keep her a while to see if someone will adopt her. If not, I can bring her home. My husband will kill me, but what the heck. You only live once.<br><br><br><br>
So that's it. Just wanted to share. I totally loved it and will definitely be spending a lot of my free time there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Awesome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I've been trying to volunteer for years now, but I'm only 15. Some say I can start when I'm 16, some say 18.
 

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i'm just curious, does it get depressing? i think about volunteerring but selfish me thinks it might get depressing. one time i found a kitten, i would've kept it but my hub hates cats, so at 1:30 am i brought it to the animal shelter. it was soooo sweet, i was crying as i handed kitty over to the guy. i just had to detach myself from it to stop feeling bad.<br><br><br><br>
i avoid going to petsmart when it's adopt a pet day, because it's all i can do to not start crying when i see the puppies and dogs -- wish i can adopt all of 'em!
 

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I'm so proud of you, Karen! I know you were a bit apprehensive about trying this - so mega kudos to you!<br><br><br><br>
(And sometimes I think our shelter dogs have a little friendly competition to see who can knock over the most volunteeres - I mean, what else do they have to laugh at?!?)
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ghelfling</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
i'm just curious, does it get depressing? i think about volunteerring but selfish me thinks it might get depressing. one time i found a kitten, i would've kept it but my hub hates cats, so at 1:30 am i brought it to the animal shelter. it was soooo sweet, i was crying as i handed kitty over to the guy. i just had to detach myself from it to stop feeling bad.<br><br><br><br>
i avoid going to petsmart when it's adopt a pet day, because it's all i can do to not start crying when i see the puppies and dogs -- wish i can adopt all of 'em!</div>
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I think it can be if you let it. I wasn't going to post this part, but as I was walking into the office I felt myself getting all choked up. Luckily the girl at the desk was busy with someone else, so I had time to get composed and not humiliate myself by crying. As I waited I got to look around and I saw how many people were coming in and out, trying to help and good all the workers were, and that helped a lot. If anything, I'm going to be sorry I started because I will probably be there more often than I should and I will end up neglecting the rest of my responsibilities! Let's see, clean house or go play with the kitties....shop for groceries or walk the dogs....hmmmm...tough decision! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> And what do I do? I'm there exactly one hour and I inquire about taking home a kitten with a paralyzed leg. I'm insane. I already have four cats, one who needs daily medication, another one who fights with the other cats and only a 900 square foot house!
 

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that's great Karen! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Awesome!. Around here, there's two shelters for me to go to and both are around an hour away. Two of my mice came from one of the shelters. I might go sometime if I get a ride.
 

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Today was a little better with the dog walking. I stuck with Tilly and someone was walking Sidonia (chow mix) so I walked Skyler. He was an excellent walker and not so strong as the other two. Then I spent an hour cleaning out the adult cat room. That was hard work, harder than I expected. After that I held the kitten with the paralyzed leg. She was friendlier today, and very purry but she still cries a lot. I'm putting the word out to the family and friends to see if there is anyone who will take her.
 

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Karen, I'm so glad you're doing this!<br><br><br><br>
All the kitties and doggies thank you!<br><br><br><br>
You are awesome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wayne:">
 
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