To save a pound dog

The black dogs get to me first.

Their shiny coats and ghostly eyes reflect back at the camera’s flash. Their photos never do them justice.

And then it’s the puppies that get to me – so young and already so close to death.

And after that it’s every dog that resembles any dog I’ve ever loved – a spaniel type, a retriever type, a pitbull.

White and brown pitbull for adoption Dickinson ND poundIt’s all the pound dogs.

And I wonder, could I save just one? Could I take a chance on a dog I don’t know?

What do I do when I want to save them all but can’t exactly adopt or foster?

Do I look away? Try to forget?

Or do I share their photos, share their links, hoping they’ll get noticed among dozens of others. Day after day.

Why promote these dogs when there are dozens, hundreds more to come? And hundreds more after that?

Do I donate money? Do I offer to transport? Do I beg?

I don’t know.

I feel powerless sometimes, the cycle endless.

Rescue work can be addicting, as many of you know, because there are always more dogs.

So what do I do?

I step back. I step away from the “URGENT!” because it’s always urgent.

I pull myself together, because I can’t possibly save every dog.

And then I do one thing. One small thing.

I make one phone call. Or send one email. Or donate $25. And I hope many, many others do the same.

Perhaps you could do one thing today as well.

For one dog or one cat in need.

In North Dakota or in your own state or country.

One animal, anywhere.

The pitbull and the pointer you see pictured are impounded at the Dickinson, N.D., pound as of 9:30 a.m. Feb. 8. According to the pound, they are both available for rescue or adoption and could eventually be killed.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could take five minutes to bring these dogs outside to get some decent photos? Is that asking too much?

German shorthaired pointer in Dickinson ND dog pound

6 thoughts on “To save a pound dog”

  1. I so relate to this blog post. Sometimes I feel so small and powerless but then I take a step back and think of all the dogs I have helped. Every homeless dog I’ve walked and run with, every dog I e-mailed about, those I helped get into rescue. The kittens and dogs I’ve transported and when you think of that way, one person truly can make a difference and I do believe, even if small, I’ve helped many animals along the way!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Yes, one person can make a huge difference. I love what you have done with Miles & Mutts. Keep up the good work! Thank you for reading!

  2. That’s a heartbreaking photo of the pointer :(. I’m sure dogs don’t care much about aesthetics but it doesn’t look to comfy. I will say – my city’s animal rescue groups do make a great effort to take flattering pictures and provide really colourful descriptions of the dogs. I never realised how important that would be – kinda took it for granted.

    My partner and I are just commencing the process of applying to one of our local fostering groups so hopefully we can help keep a few dogs out of the pound!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Oh that is so good to hear you are thinking about fostering! 🙂 I know you’ve wanted to for a long time! You’ll have to let me know how it goes!

  3. Elizabeth Rose

    In New Zealand, where I live, it is brindle color dogs that have difficulty getting rehomed and black colored dogs are very popular!

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