What really matters
ROLDA HELPS IMPOVERISHED FAMILIES CARE FOR THEIR PETS BY PROVIDING FOOD AND MEDICAL CARE
BUT SOMETIMES OUR HELP IS NOT APPRECIATED … AND THIS IS THE RESULT:
“Better no dog, than a one-eyed dog.”
This is what Buffy’s “family” said after learning that she had lost her left eye.
And they left.
We were shocked! The family came to us for help with Buffy after she suffered an injury to her left eye, and we took Buffy to the vet right away. The vet saved Buffy but not her eye. He couldn’t, and her family refused to take Buffy back because of the way she looked.
To them Buffy had turned into a freak.
We brought Buffy back to our shelter were she would receive the proper care she deserved. During her first weeks at our shelter Buffy hardly ate or slept. She missed her family. Her sadness broke every one of our hearts, and when our attempts to cheer her up and comfort her failed, we began to worry that she would forever feel abandoned.
Buffy had recovered from a physical injury, but we were concerned that she would never recover from an emotional loss.
It’s a recurring nightmare imagining that we could fail to keep our dogs safe. The dreaded doubts that we will lose the resources to continue the critical animal rescue programs we have in place in our community. The idea that all of our accomplishments … all the blood, sweat and tears would have been for nothing terrifies me.
I shudder thinking about what would have happened to sweet little Buffy had ROLDA not been there to help. It sickens and saddens me to think of her in a filthy, overcrowded public pound waiting to be euthanized. These places are death chambers where dogs are deserted and forced to feed on each other in a desperate struggle for survival. Tiny, helpless Buffy would not have lasted long.
Photo: Buffy with Ingrid from Norway