My friend’s mother organized a trip to the local SPCA in Lake Jackson, Texas during winter break. She volunteers there regularly, my friend in the photo prefers animals to people, and I tagged along because it sounded fun. Anyone can volunteer at the SPCA; the most important task is to walk the dogs, which is what we did.
Upon entering, vegged-out pups began yelping for their ticket to freedom as if to say, “Me! Me! Pick me!! I wanna go!” It was chaos. We were given red leashes and ended up walking all of the medium-sized dogs. Some of them were easy and let us stroke their bellies while we pranced them around. However, others were straight up crazy and tried to bite us or growled unless we let them walk us. (There’s a funny picture of my friend fighting off a dog above.)
What I found most sad about these animals was that many of them once had a home. For whatever reason (loss of job, acquiring children, unwanted litters), owners had handed over these pets. And those were the good cases. Other animals at the SPCA were taken from abusive owners or from the streets. The animal shelters do the best they can to take care of these unwanted mammals by feeding, re-nourishing, and providing them with medicines. The easiest way for you to help them out is by visiting one nearby and volunteering for a few hours or donating food.
For anyone wondering, SPCA stands for “The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals”. Visit their website for information on adopting or purchasing a calendar to help support.
National Website: http://www.aspca.org/
Brazoria County: http://www.spcabc.org/