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One Young Teenager's Determination To Aid The Suffering Of Abandoned Pets

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In this day and age it is refreshing to see that at least one young teenager is doing what she can to aide those suffering from the economic downturn. She makes no money doing this, she is volunteering her time and enjoying it all the same.

Instead of sitting in front of the television or playing games on the computer, this 14 yr. old is making a determined effort to ease the suffering of the multitude of animals given up for adoption to the local SPCA animal shelter, where they now spend the majority of their time in cages. The only attention they get is from the volunteers who come to the shelter each day to interact with each dog on a one to one basis.

In the beginning, her trips there were only to take photos to post on the website she had created, hoping to find new homes and bring attention to the growing problem of abandoned animals. But, she found herself wanting to become more involved. It was not enough to satisfy this young woman's determination to help these abandoned pets.

The rules stated that she could not officially become a volunteer until she reached the age of 16. But, the employers saw her ability to relate to the dogs and her pictures were great. It's not easy to capture a good photo of a dog who is spinning around with enthusiasm. Yet, her persistence paid off. So, when she filled out the application to be an official volunteer, she was approved.

Several of the dogs have found homes since she started, although she does not claim the credit. She hopes to bring more attention to the plight of these loving animals, their sad eyes reflecting the questions of what it was they did wrong. Why did their beloved owners leave them here? How do you explain to them that their owners lost their jobs or were evicted because their homes were foreclosed on? Tearful owners did not stop loving them, but had no other alternative.

Although the shelter always makes sure that the animals up for adoption are loving and non-aggressive, with each animal receiving their shots, a micro-chip, and being spayed or neutered, they still need loving people to provide good homes.

In the meantime, the dogs (and cats) are being fed and watered and taken out twice a day. It is up to the volunteers to spend time with them, providing the love and interaction each animal craves. These volunteers do it free of charge. The only payment they receive is the unconditional love each dog or cat returns, showering their volunteer with slurping kisses, purrs of affection and loving looks. Rescued animals know they are being rescued. They repay their rescuer with loyalty and devotion and more love than you can imagine.

There is still hope for the youth of today. It starts with one and can become many through her example. Love is contagious, even when it comes from a dog... (or a cat).

Our government needs to spend time living with real people. Maybe then, they will learn what they have to love again.

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