I love all dogs. Small dogs. Big Dogs. Fat dogs. Skinny dogs. Loud dogs. Quite dogs. Red dogs. Blue dogs.
The thought of an abandoned or mistreated dog will break me into tears in 1 seconds flat.
This weekend I saw an abandoned dog, and I’ve been an emotional train wreck ever since. I was driving through the country on my way to the lake when I passed by an old gas station. I pulled up to fill up, not knowing that the gas station was no longer in service. As soon as I stepped out of the car, I was approached by a puppy. This dog was covered in tics the size of my thumb and all he wanted was me to rub his belly. My heart melted.
I played with the dog for a couple of minutes, and then he walked back over to his spot under the shade.
We assumed the dog must be waiting for someone, so we drove off.
Well, eight hours later, we drove past the gas station again. The dog was in the exact same place.
My friend wouldn’t pull over because she was afraid the dog may have diseases or an owner and she wasn’t ready to take care of such a responsibility.
So we drove away and I spent the rest of the weekend crying.
All the local animal rescue centers were closed for the weekend and wouldn’t be open until Monday.
So I did my research and found a local rescue center in Tulsa. I sent them the address and a description of the animal cruelty report.
As I write this, there is an animal investigator on his way over to check on the puppy. He will monitor the animal and make sure he is being properly treated. If he finds out that the animal in any way is being mistreated, he will take the next steps to finding him a new home.
The treatment of animals is something I am very passionate about, and I believe that all puppies deserve a home full of love. If you have a dog and feel like you can’t take adequate care of it, take it to an adoption center so it can find a family that has time for it. If you see or know a dog is being mistreated, then take the active step to call a rescue center to check on it. Animals deserve to be treated with love and care.
If you see an animal being mistreated, do some research and call a local animal shelter. I hope you read this story, and realize that you have to speak up for animals and be their voice.
If you are interested in adopting a puppy for yourself, we have a number of pet adoption centers nearby. In Stillwater, we have a local Humane Society. You can spend time there volunteering or adopt for yourself. We also have many locations around Stillwater where you can adopt as well, such as the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter or the Tulsa SPCA. The lists of animal adoption centers goes on and on, so try and look them up locations online.