Working in the boarding area at my vet clinic can be incredibly stressful, busy, and laborious. But, above all, it is an immensely joyous and fulfilling. I walk in everyday that I work back there and see familiar faces that I have grown to love. It’s like I’ve officially bonded with these dogs, and even when their owner comes to pick them up and they forget all about me, they will always be in my heart and never forgotten.
Working there has also shown me that not every dog that gets dropped off gets picked up. That’s not something a person would think about, is it? You must be thinking, “a vet clinic isn’t some animal shelter. You pay money to have your pet boarded. You can’t just drop them off and never come back for them.” That’s what I thought, too, before working here.
Unfortunately, it seems that people think this is an easier and more humane way of getting rid of their pets than leaving them at an animal shelter. They know that we won’t just toss the animals aside or euthanize them. But, no one has the ability to adopt them. So they just sit inside their cages for hours. They are in there all day except for when we let them out to potty. But we don’t even let them outside to do that.
At the clinic, we have three special cases where owners just “disappeared” or “said they would be back soon” and left their dogs with us. Two of them are together. Brother and sister. But one is by herself. The brother and sister have been at my vet clinic for about six months now. The other has been there since the beginning of May.
If you saw these dogs, you would fall in love. But your heart would also shatter into unfixable pieces. It would rip a hole right through you. They look so sad all the time, except when you go over to say hello. I honestly spend half of my days at work just visiting with them and loving on them because it breaks my heart to see them suffering so much.
They don’t know why they are there, and they don’t know why they haven’t seen the sun or felt wind on their face in months. They just don’t understand. If I could adopt them, I would in a second. But, I can’t. They are still in possession of other owners. Owners who have long since forgotten about their babies. Babies I will never, in all my life, forget about, for they have taught me so much about love and being kind in such hard circumstances.
Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.