Originally Published: August 2, 2016 6 a.m.
We have all been there. You are following your passion and dream and suddenly, the odds feel so overwhelming, you lose your breath. But that is when you know it is time; time to remind yourself to never give up.
I don’t need to tell you, but I will, that animal rescue work can be daunting. Too many puppies and kittens are born who will not find homes, even though there are good spay-neuter programs in our community. Too many companion animals are left behind when people relocate, even though there are solid rescue resources trying their best. Too many animals are hungry even though there are food banks in place to help. Too many infectious diseases confront infant animals even though there are vaccine programs that could prevent most of the occurrences. That just means it is time to remind ourselves to never give up.
I will admit that I was at a low point last month when one of our foster puppies was losing her battle with distemper and we were fighting like crazy to keep her brother, Merlin, strong (who, by the way, is doing beautifully). Three out-of-the-blue emails from long ago adopters and visits from two other adopters that week validated how meaningful their United Animal Friends adopted pets are to them. It sure helped remind me to never to give up.
We are fortunate to have so many resources in the quad-city area. This includes an impressive community of animal lovers and supporters, a dedicated core of dog/cat/horse rescue groups, a compassionate network of veterinary clinics and many amazing volunteers who are willing to move heaven and earth to help make a difference.
Yes, there will always be another furry face who desperately needs the gift of hope. But you already know what that means. It just means it is time …. time to remind yourself to help the local shelter/rescue group of your choice and help us all make that difference.
Toby Frost has been involved in horse/dog/cat rescue since the mid-1990s. She is one of a dedicated group of volunteers who helped start United Animal Friends in 2002 and has served as president of UAF since 2010.