I learned a lesson today. It was something I already knew not to do but did it anyway.
The story goes something like this…. The hubby and I decided that we would donate some supplies to the Humane Society shelter last week so today I went to the store to pick up a bunch of stuff. It was so much fun! I bought about 120 pounds of dog food, a few bags of cat food, kitty litter, bleach, and paper towels—all items mentioned in their newsletter. And I found some toys that were less than $1 each, so I bought one of kind. You should have seen my cart when I was done. It was packed and I could barely push it around the store. It was awesome!
Since it was on the way to the shelter, I stopped by the house first to pick up the camera. I wanted the hubby to see all the stuff I bought and who it was going to benefit.
And off I went to the Humane Society shelter. I let the folks working there know that I had some things I wanted to donate and hoped that someone could help me get it out of my car. It made me so happy to see how happy they were to receive the donation. The funniest reaction was when I said I bought bleach. They were super-happy about that.
After we unloaded my car, I asked if I could see the dogs so that I could take pictures to show the hubby who we were helping. They were fine with that and I went to the room with the small dogs and puppies. I pet 3 of them, talked to them, and told them I wished I could take them all home with me. This was all in a span of less than 5 minutes.
One dog, Lady, was beautiful. She had a really nice reddish coat and was described as part hound. She just kept looking at me and never made a sound. She was really gentle and sweet when I tried to pet her. Most of the other dogs were barking, but she wasn’t. Lady put me over the top and I started bawling. I knew this was going to happen but I did it anyway. It was awful. I could barely last more than 5 minutes in there and I had to leave. I felt so bad because the second I went for the door, she started barking at me. It was heartbreaking and I practically ran out of the place.
So my lesson? Donate, donate, donate but don’t visit the animals. It’s way too upsetting.
By the way, a 40-pound bag of dog food is about $20. And a bag of kitty litter is less than $5. I encourage you to help out if you can. You’ll feel great about it afterwards, unless you are like me and visit the dogs before you leave. Then it’s a bit more bittersweet.