To see a smile on a dog's face -- a dog who's never had a reason to smile in his whole life -- and to know that his smile is now there, because of you... there's no better feeling on Earth. That's animal rescue.
Today, a dog waits in an animal shelter. He is waiting... for you. Maybe you can't adopt a dog today. But can you love a dog today? Can you give an hour of your time to walk a dog today? Can you give just a few minutes to make a dog smile today?
What if YOU are his only chance tomatter today? Are you too busy to give that to him? Today could be his last... and love is his final request. You are all he wants... a smile is all he needs.
But sadly... he doesn't expect you-- or anyone --to come for him today. He doesn't expect to smile today... smiles live only in his heart. He doesn't expect to get walked today... walks exist only in his dreams.
He doesn't expect to be noticed today... he's never been noticed before. He doesn't expect to feel special today... he's never been special before. He doesn't expect to matter today... he's never mattered before.
He doesn't expect you to give him love... but he loves you anyway. He doesn't expect you to give a kiss... but he'd kiss you either way. He doesn't expect you to take him home... but he still hopes it's his day.
A dog waits in an animal shelter today. He doesn't know it's his last day to live. He knows only the dreams in his heart... dreams that have never come true. Today... on his last day... a walk would make the difference for him. Today, your love would make it okay... your smile would heal his pain. And on his last day... for just a little while... maybe he could smile, too.
If you've never experienced that feeling, of making a smileless dog smile, I challenge you to get involved TODAY. I challenge you to take an hour of your time and volunteer for your local animal shelter or dog rescue group. Walk a rescue dog... a dog who may not get walked today... if not for you. Give love to a shelter dog... a dog who may not have love today... if not for you.
Today, I challenge you to make a shelter dog smile.
If you can't volunteer, I challenge you to foster a dog. I challenge you to open your home and your heart to a dog who will die without you. I challenge you to give me one good reason why your life is more important than their's.
If nothing else, I challenge you to donate to animals in need. If you need to find a charity, I've got one for ya right here. I challenge you to give something... anything... that will provide these deserving dogs with the chance to smile.
Today, a dog waits in an animal shelter. He is waiting... for you. I challenge you to make a difference. Please, help him smile today.
*Dedicated in memory of all the shelter dogs who never got their chance to smile.