People often ask us how we do what we do. How we cope with seeing the worst of what humans can do to innocent animals day after day. From the worst cruelty and neglect to the incredible sadness of watching a pet's confusion, fright and resignation as she watches her beloved owner give her up.
How we keep our sanity when dealing with the uncaring or uninformed public. How we keep from falling in love with all the animals that come in and how we keep our hearts from being broken.
Honestly? There is no pat answer to the first few questions. We are only human, and sometimes we lose it. If crying is healthy, we must be the healthiest bunch of people on the island. We get frustrated, sad, despairing, and yes, angry too.
We fall in love, and we have our hearts broken, on a daily basis. We are the last resort for those whom we are meant to be a shelter and a refuge. For far too many we are their last stop before the Rainbow Bridge.
But we also have the amazing privilege of getting to know so many different wonderful animals. We help them heal, or trust, or simply learn what it is to be loved by a human. For too many of them, it's the best care they've ever had.
It is impossible not to fall in love, not to become attached, and not to care about their ultimate fate. They are worth every tear, and then some. The joy and love they give back is impossible to describe.
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