There’s a saying I’ve heard repeatedly in animal rescue.
“Saving One Dog Won’t Change The World But Surely, The World Will Change For That One Dog”
Well, I’m here to tell you that I think that’s complete bullshit. I think that saving a dog most certainly changes the world.
Let’s take a look at it from the simplest standpoint. Say you have a Facebook page and you go to the Pet Pardons app. You click on any dog. By clicking, you have just advocated for a doomed dog. Now suppose somebody rescues him because they saw his picture on your Facebook page. Three things have already changed:
You, the dog, and the people who have him now.
You change because saving the dog has made you feel good. You advocate another dog, and another. Each dog that is saved because you choose to click on his picture gives you more confidence. When one of the dogs you advocate doesn’t get saved, it just makes you more determined. You realize that your actions can make a difference. Once you realize that, you know that it’s possible to affect change wherever you apply yourself.
Pretty soon you are writing letters to the editor and contacting your state Representatives about changing laws. You start to think, why stop there? You begin to focus on other problems in your community and in the world. Maybe you feed the hungry, or clothe the homeless. Maybe you fight for human rights. Whatever you do affects others, who undergo their own internal/external changes, who are able to make different choices and attain different goals because you helped them.
And what about that dog you saved? There is nothing more joyous and grateful than a dog that has been saved. Dogs don’t keep those sorts of feelings to themselves, they want to share them. That dog becomes the most loving, faithful companion you can imagine. He will protect his new family in times of danger and comfort them in times of sadness. He will teach the children in the family to love and respect animals. Maybe knowing him will even inspire a child to grow up to be a vet. He will bring hours of laughter and joy to his people. He will keep them healthier in body, mind and spirit.
But there are more possibilities. He may become a service dog, helping a handicapped person live a less stressful life. Or maybe he’ll become a therapy dog, and bring comfort and joy to the sick and lonely in nursing homes and hospitals, or help children learn to read in library programs. Maybe he’ll become a search and rescue dog and save lives. There’s just no way of knowing until he is saved. And you saved him, remember?
The world is changed.
Get busy. Advocate for a dog today. It’s SO EASY, and it changes EVERYTHING.