I have never been one of those people with pride of place. I don’t have an affinity for any particular place I’ve lived, just because I lived there, or grew up there, and beyond family, have no attachments to a certain city or geographic location.
My heart hurts for any people or animals who suffer, no matter where they live or what they look like.
But wow…Texas right now.
Everyone we know who is in the path of the storm is safe so far, but I don’t think we’ll even know the true impact until it stops raining and flood waters start to recede. But I worry so much about lost pets and animals who were left behind or can’t find higher ground. So I gave as much money as I can afford to right now to the SPCA of Texas. If only I had more to give.
I’d like to do more though, and not just when the need is acute. Since we adopted Dagny from our local animal shelter (and I had a complete breakdown from seeing all the dogs) I’ve wanted to save all the dogs. Ultimately, we’d love to do this by fostering and adopting more dogs and/or even in the long term, move to a place with a lot of land (farm?) where we can save even MORE dogs.
But I should also volunteer, I have time. I could go to the shelter and take dogs out to play, or help with adoption events. The problem is I get so emotional and overwhelmed just THINKING about dogs in shelters that I become paralyzed. I’m that person who has to mute or turn off the TV when that commercial comes on with Sarah McLachlan. You know the one.
I turn my head or don’t read or listen to news stories about animals in harm’s way. EVEN THE ONES THAT END WELL. It’s bad.
So I think the only way to get over that is to just do it; to just take a first step and help in some small way, other than just giving money. My personal distress and emotional discomfort is so small compared to the suffering that is out there. I feel weak and a little embarrassed to admit that I haven’t volunteered to help animals for that reason…but there it is.
So I ask you, do you volunteer? What is your cause? Have you always volunteered? (I am sad to admit that I never have – as a family when I was young, we never did, or even talked about the importance of volunteering. We did always donate, and provide money to causes we believed in, but never gave hands-on help.)
If you’re as emotional as I am, how did you get over it to volunteer in difficult situations anyway?
No matter where you live, I hope you and yours are safe.