Written by Nadine Swart, A Voice for Arizona Shelter Dogs
On the outskirts of town in Willcox, Arizona, there are some dogs who sit in 4′ x 6′ kennels not knowing why or what they did wrong to deserve this life. They’re just there, waiting for something…but they don’t know what. They pace and pant, eat and drink, then pace and pant some more. They bark at strangers and speak to each other in their own little way until the light turns into dark. Then surely they dream of freedom and the gentle touch of a human. But mostly what they do is wait….for something.
But today (written previously) a wonderful surprise came as I pulled up in the driveway and unloaded some boxes. Kelly was busy cleaning kennels and the dogs greeted me and wagged their tails. I wish all of you who have donated could see what I saw today…the precious moment when we handed them the Nylabones that were donated to them.
This dog has been in the shelter since March. As I unwrapped the package he waited anxiously, focused on what I was doing. I passed the bone to Kelly and she handed it to him. His reaction was completely priceless. And though he may wonder….still…why he is in the shelter, he now has a toy.
Toys mean love. He now knows that he is loved. Thank you for your donations, you are changing lives and hopefully one day soon they will each find the reason that they’ve been waiting.
The City of Willcox humane animal shelter has an Amazon wishlist.
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The goal of this Facebook page is to focus on Willcox, Safford, Thatcher, Benson, Tombstone and surrounding areas. The animals in these shelters need to be networked. Open the doors to these shelters and put every face of every dog who is at risk of being euthanized in every home throughout Arizona. Southern Arizona small town shelters desperately need exposure. They are being overlooked and the animals are paying the ultimate price.