Hi, My name is Dayna. I would like to share my amazing job experiences with animal lovers everywhere. I just found this blog today and I am excited to read and share my passion for animals. I work in a small animal shelter in a tiny town called Panhandle, In Texas. We are probably the smallest shelter you may ever see. We have only five dog kennels and a small cat room. Our size however doesn't change the amount of animals that come our way. We work very hard to restore the hope of these animals. We also work very hard in finding them second chances. (rescues, new homes etc.) I wrote this small article a while back sharing my passion for my job with others on face book. I would like to widen my reading audience :) Please take the time to read.
I have always had a love for animals. I was always the one to bring home strays. I would even hide kittens under my shirt and sneak them in the house. Yes, I am a animal lover. To the extreme. It doesn't matter what kind of animal. I love them ALL! That is why I am lucky. I work in a animal shelter. I originally was offered this job, after I had been volunteering at the shelter for a couple of months. I was in love with the job before I got them job. Working in an animal shelter has opened my eyes to the amount of animals that really do roam the streets starving and scared. Even with the amount we do bring in and shelter, there are still thousands out there. Even with each adoption we do, to those people who do want to give these animals a second chance.. There are 3 more dogs that come in with that one adoption. The hardest part about working in a shelter, is excepting that you can not save them all. You can not make people care. You can not make people love their pets. We can in force the law, we can seek out animal cruelty, but as far as love goes. Unfortunately people are not breaking the law if they do not love their pets. Seeing dogs live out their days on chains in a dry back yard is heartbreaking to me. Seeing a skinny, starving cat roaming the alleys, frightened of everyone who comes in its path, is heartbreaking to me. Most other people see it as a normal day by day thing. Especially with the cats. Their are so many roaming around, that you get use to the sight. It's still not right. I spend my days looking after these abandoned animals and building connections with them. Getting attached is what I try not to do, but it is impossible. I love each and every one of these animals. The second they are brought in the door, or left in a outside kennel they are welcome. I don't know how other shelters run and how they think and feel about their jobs. I can say though, that this is the most meaningful job I have ever had. I look forward to coming to work every morning. Even though it is hard work, and the cleaning is never ending. The affection I receive in return from these animals is priceless. It is a extremely rewarding feeling when a animal comes in terrified, and day by day you show that animal the love they needed. Then you see them completely transform. These animals have personalities. We help bring them out. Our job isn't just keeping them in a kennel, off the streets. Our job is to help make them more adoptable. Help protect them. We have volunteers who spend hours here every day walking and playing with the dogs. Working with them, training them. We help turn these scared, homeless dogs into family dogs before they have even been adopted. Because here, we are a family. A temporary family for these abandoned animals. We have school kids come in after school, and take time out of their summer vacation to come clean and play with the kittens and cats. To hold them, and love them. To make them also feel protected. No one gets left out here. As one of my favorite sayings goes.. 'No paws left behind'. I still have a hard time excepting that I can not save them all. That I can not make people treat and love their animals right. I still have a hard time seeing what I can not change in people. I do however know, that we are capable of making a difference. Our animal shelter is the smallest animal shelter I have seen yet. Yet is is the one with the most love and commitment I have seen. We will continue saving lives, one animal at a time.