Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | October 20, 2009

The Meaning of Rescue

Eddie IIIEddie the Lover

Although adopting a rescue pet is a heartwarming and transformative experience, Second Chance Humane Society urges anyone preparing to bring a new pet into the family to realize that it is a lifetime commitment.  It is critical to acknowledge that pet adoption almost always involves a transition period while the pet learns that he/she really is a permanent family member – forever.   Additionally the bonding and attachment process doesn’t happen overnight – but everyone has to get to know each other better at their own pace.  

Eddie, a very good natured Red Heeler who has been at the Second Chance Shelter for several weeks wrote this poem to help remind us all of this.

“The Meaning of Rescue”

Now that I’m home, bathed, settled and fed,
All nicely tucked in my warm new bed,
I’d like to open my baggage, lest I forget,
There is so much to carry—so much to regret.
Hmmm—Yes, there it is, right on top
Let’s unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss,
And there by my leash hides Fear and Shame.
As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave,
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.
I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
But I wasn’t good enough for they didn’t want me.
Will you add to my baggage?
Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things — And take me right back?
Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage, To never repack?
I pray that you do—I’m so tired, you see,
But I do come with baggage—
Will you still want me?

Eddie adjusted smoothly  to the staff, volunteers and the various other Shelter pets and is ready to make a new transition into a loving forever home.  He has a deformed front foot which he has fully learned to accept and which does not prevent him from playing with other dogs or cuddling with staff and volunteers and living a completely happy and normal life.  Come meet him today, one look into his angelic eyes and you will be hooked like the rest of us…

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online: www.secondchancehumanesociety.org.  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.

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