January 24, 2012
Before I became a mama to my first dog, I was the furthest thing from an animal lover. In fact, I was a pretty awful person. Growing up, my parents kept our family dog in a back room, where he was neglected and ignored for years. Later on in my teens, I aggressively scolded a 6 week old puppy for simply chewing a pair of my shoes. In my twenties, I wore fur. In a nutshell, I was young and had zero training on the proper treatment of animals. But when my pug, King was placed in my arms in November of 2005, my entire world changed. Everything I did from then on involved filling his life with comfort and love. I felt it was my DUTY to extend that same love to other animals, especially the ones who've never experienced it. Volunteering with AAWL was the next step, where I became a dog walker. Even just spending that small amount of time with an animal is valuable. The look in their eyes when you take the time to pet them and talk to them is in a word, PRICELESS. The staff and volunteers are passionate about what they do, providing each animal with the care and compassion it deserves. The education department is phenomenal, providing kids with the knowledge they need in order to make a difference in our animal communities-(something I wish I had experienced early on in life). The fund raising events are fun and well orchestrated, with long time supporters and friends coming together with one common goal: Making the life of an animal a GOOD one. My experience at AAWL has been rewarding as well as healing. I've learned It's never too late to do right by an animal and the first step is supporting this organization!
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