We all need a place to belong. Sometimes, if only for a while.
We all need a place to feel safe in a seemingly harsh, frightening world. To recover from a trauma, a lack, an accident, a situation. Life can feel unkind when there’s no safe place to rest your weary, confused, frightened self.
A 4-month old puppy, a 4-year old dog, a 7-year old cat, coming in from the streets of Laredo, the fields of Farmington or the alleys in Abilene find their way into a shelter with some hope for a better life. By chance or turn of fortune, they are dumped off, discarded as a used sweatshirt at Goodwill.
But the shelters in these places are filled and overflowing. Real money is low, the need for safety, a second chance, is as urgent and large as the fear in their eyes.
There is no greater nightmare than being caught, caged and vulnerable to the whims of those who are in control of your life. If you want to understand the cruelty and vulnerability in the world, just look into the eyes of an animal behind bars.
In a world that often feels it is growing harsher, crueler and more frightening every day, can you imagine how it feels to be a vulnerable puppy or dog in a shelter, just hoping those in control don’t decide that it’s your day to die?
You can help. You really, really can.
You can step up and foster. Give a puppy or dog fresh up from death row in the less compassionate part of our country a place to belong. Temporarily. They just need a safe place for a while, a few days to a few weeks. It doesn’t mean they need be with you forever. Failed fosters can happen – but far more often, adoptions do.
Homecomings Dog Rescue, a Colorado nonprofit dog rescue saving dogs from New Mexico and Texas, has seen to it that over 200 dogs and puppies have found their forever homes since late May 2017. And every one of those canine spirits was with a fostering family, a temporary place to be, just long enough to give everyone a breath. To give everyone a little space, a little bit of time, to recover from a trauma, heal from a scene. They all just needed and received a soft place to land.
Just long enough. Until they could find a permanent place to belong.