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I’ve struggled coming up the words to convince you, dear reader, to donate to my Dog Walk page. I say it all the time, but our work at the SPCA is not all kitten snuggles and puppy kisses (although those are perks). Sometimes it’s extremely exhausting, physically and emotionally. This year, I’m dedicating my page to a very special girl (I promise this is a happy story if you just get to the end).
Pebbles came to the SPCA in January 2019. She was severely emaciated and weighed only 24 pounds. She had a skin and ear infection, cropped ears, a docked tail, and some scarring that seemed to point to that she might have been a bait dog (but who really knows??). I was instantly drawn to her the minute I met her (but let’s be honest - who isn’t?). Despite what was very clearly a hard past, she never let the things that humans had done to her sway her opinion of them. She is the most loving dog I’ve ever met; she’s never met a stranger. So when the plea went out to find a new foster home for her, I jumped at the opportunity.
Things weren’t great right off the bat. Her previous foster mom couldn’t hold onto her any longer because she had tried to hurt the toy-sized dog in the home. She (understandably) resource guarded anything she found valuable. She peed and pooped in the house almost everyday (including in my bed… multiple times). She hated my brother’s dog when she met him.
BUT - it’s amazing what love and time can do. Luckily I don’t have any small critters in my house to boss around. She quickly learned that there was plenty of food and affection to go around and she didn’t have to beat up my dog Ruby to get those things. She was improving on the potty-training (and if SOMEONE (me) kept a closer eye on her instead of falling asleep on the couch watching TV, we probably could have gotten there). She learned to co-exist with many dogs.
So she stayed with me for two months. She gained ten pounds. Her skin cleared up. She got spayed and was ready for adoption. Here comes the part where our work is emotionally exhausting: Should I keep her forever and ever?
I made pros and cons lists. I asked everyone’s opinion on if I should. I tried to convince everyone I know to adopt her so I wouldn’t have to. Ultimately, I decided it wasn’t the right choice for Pebbles, me, or Ruby to have two sizeable dogs in a small apartment with only me to care for or love on them.
I trusted the (adoption) process and that my amazing team would make sure her new family was suitable. I made her available on the SPCA’s website. She had many calls. She had many interested parties. She was actually taken to a Dress Rehearsal (an amazing foster-to-adopt program I could gush about to you if you have questions) for a night, and brought back the next day when her adopter decided it wasn’t the right time to adopt a dog. Her back-up finalized her adoption that day. Her new dad volunteers at the SPCA and I’ll get to hear all sorts of details about how fabulous she is in her forever home. I learned the true meaning of "bittersweet." I love this little dog so much that I want the best for her, even if that's not with me. But I know she's in good hands, and that's all I could ever want for her. (That's the happy story I promised in the first paragraph).
SO - here comes the begging for money part: Pebbles’s story is made possible only by donations made by wonderful supporters like you. The SPCA of Wake County doesn’t receive any funds from the government (via taxes like your local municipal shelter) or other agencies (like the ASPCA). Every dollar counts, and it makes all the difference to these animals. Like I said at the top, working with animals and the people who love them can be so very exhausting. But every minute is worth it when you think about someone like Pebbles, one of over 3000 lives and stories we save and share every year.
TLDR: My life was vastly improved and enriched by an SPCA animal, and your donation will vastly improve and enrich the lives of thousands of animals who will be adopted through the SPCA of Wake County this year. (And that’s just my domain at the SPCA - we also have many other amazing programs beyond adoptions, and we’re only getting bigger and better each year!)