*Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody*
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.
This next quote is one that motivates me in my writing and everyday life. I think Lily Tomlin is one incredible lady.
“I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that, then I realized I was somebody.”
What would become of the homeless dogs and cats without our volunteers?
|HSNWLA volunteers took pups to the park!|
They simply would never know love or life. It is not an easy job the shelter volunteers have, many days they deal with the result of extreme animal cruelty or neglect. These women and men go rescue dogs and cats out of horrid conditions, get them to a vet, love them, play with them and help to find them their forever homes. I have volunteered on adoption days and after only a few hours with a puppy, I cried when it had to go back to wait for another chance. It can be heartbreaking, but when you see so many successful adoptions, you learn to remain positive.
Not everyone can look in the face of a person surrendering their dog because it poops too much in the backyard and remain polite. The volunteers have this mastered. I’m not that good of an actor and would not be the right person for that job. This was seriously reason given recently when a dog was dropped off at a shelter.
How can you volunteer? Not everyone is able to be a hands-on volunteer, but everyone can help. Check with your local humane society or no-kill shelter to ask what they need. Most are always in need of paper towels, bedding, bleach, dog/cat food, cat litter, detergent, and toys. Grab an extra bag or bottle of something on their list to donate. Are you a social media guru? Perhaps you could use your talent on their website, Twitter, or Facebook accounts. Do you know any contests offering to donate to a 501-C3 organization? Sign your favorite shelter to win.
I can also help with that last one on the list! If you are planning to attend the BlogPaws Conference, you will be given the opportunity to nominate your favorite shelter to win money. *Important: Deadline is April 15th to nominate, so buy your ticket now! Save 10% with my ambassador code: BP15-Amb-Melissa-10.
The second way is to register your organization with Damien’s Best Dog Toys! Each month they draw the name of one lucky shelter to receive some of their fantastic tug toys and cat toys. I am so excited to say that this month’s winner was my submission! The Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana will be receiving a toy package this week! Thank you so much, Mark! If any of you are looking for a super strong fun toy, check out Damien’s Best Dog Toys. My boys love theirs!
Most people have organizations that they support. If you don’t, please consider helping the HSNWLA. All contributions are tax-deductible and they now offer dog sponsorships. For more information, join their Facebook page.
Take the time to say, "Thanks" to all of the volunteers making lives better!
We are always proud to take part in the Tuesday’s Tails. It is a blog hop co-hosted by my friends Dogs n’ Pawz and Talking Dogs. Please take the time to visit and share these pets that are looking for their forever homes.