Friday, March 31, 2006
  Who doesn't love a trip to the shelter?

Puppy, with scabies, originally uploaded by estacey.
I go every now and then. I still obsessively check the website in case Fluffy turns up, but so many of the cats don't have accompanying pictures..
It's always sad.
I've tried to volunteer there. I show up and am told there are too many volunteers that Saturday. Too many people working off community service hours, I guess. In any case, I think I'm going to try to establish some official relationship with the shelter. One whose official description is that I can come in and play with the animals. Maybe take some better pictures of them for the website.
Volunteering to play with the animals may sound silly, but about every other cat I walk by starts rubbing against the side of its cage, doing happy paws. The dogs all start to wag their tails when you just look at them.
I think playtime for these guys is overlooked but very necessary.
I always walk out of the shelter crying and wanting to take them all home with me. That may be why I just stopped going
It is tough, and you want to adopt them all. The thing is here in Florida is to get people educated, and tell them to fix their animals, that its not cute for their dogs to have puppies, also shut down the puppie mills, and tell folks if they want a pure breed not to buy one, that they are also at the pound, and that older dogs are just as good if not better. Our senior dog Bear has been here two years and its a joy. He is a good friend to Sparky. And just a few weeks ago I found a Silky Terrier in the street with his leash on him! Ads on craigslist, and the Herald to no avail. Needless to say the ten pound wonder found a home here, and while Minky didn't like being fixed its the responsible thing to do. So now I have a full pack! My two cents, take care Stacey - Brian
Stacey, the Humane Society of Greater Miami is always looking for volunteers, including people to just come and play with the animals. Let me know and I can put you in touch with the right persons. Check out their website:
Hi Stacey,

I volunteer with Broward County Care and mother is the vet tech there and we are always looking for help, specially in the summertime and in the clinic as well! I go into work next Tuesday, the 11th. I will talk to some people and show them your blog...the pictures you take could be very useful to us! You have a wonderfull heart ^^

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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