I feel like the craziest things always happen to me. Tonight, my mom was driving our fam & friends home from dinner and she decided to take the back way past our old house in Mount Arlington. We were driving down the street, when I saw a tiny little dog suddenly run out from the sidewalk. She was headed straight for our car and I screamed for my mom to stop. There was no one around, so I quickly jumped out of the car and coaxed her towards me. I scooped her up and she must have been no more than 4 pounds. She looked like a Daschund and had a cute little pink collar, but no tags.
I went door to door trying to find her owner, but no one knew where she belonged. How could this sweet little puppy be missing without anyone looking for her? Finally, someone recognized the dog and pointed out that she belonged a few houses down. This neighbor scoffed that the dog was constantly getting out and she had had to return her a couple of times herself.
This broke my heart. How can you be so careless as to let a helpless animal run around where she will probably end up getting hit by a car or lost?!?
I brought the dog back to her owner, but it was so hard handing her over. The guy hadn’t even noticed and even scolded the dog, calling her a bad girl. How can you yell at this little puppy when she doesn’t know any better?!?
This has really made me want to get back to working at an animal shelter. I interned at the SPCA in Ithaca when I was there and helped with all their events and marketing. I used to spend my breaks playing with the animals on the adoption floor and visiting the ones that were too sick to leave yet. It was heartbreaking, but it felt good to help those that don’t have voices.
I’d really like to work as a marketing director or executive director for a large animal shelter one day. I want to get more industry experience in agencies and client-side companies first so I can bring more expertise to helping animals.
I have a lot on my plate, but this is too important. I’m making a pact to get in touch with my local shelter this week. I just have to find a way to keep myself from bringing them all home.