The 4th of July - - a day to celebrate what it means to live in America. For those who’ve served our country or lived in a third-world country - - it has a special meaning. There will be picnics, family get togethers, barbecue, homemade ice cream and fireworks - - lots and lots of fireworks.
For those of us who work in rescue, we also know it is the time, each year, that thousands of dogs are lost. The loud noises scare them; they’re in unfamiliar surroundings and they bolt; their collars with ID are not on them; their owners forgot to have them micro-chipped; they’re micro-chipped, but their owners didn’t change the registration from the shelter.
And, on July 5th the phones will start ringing. People will want to drop off a dog they found in their yard; a dog they rescued running down the street; a dog someone dumped in their neighborhood. Likewise, all of us will get calls from frantic pet owners, all too frequently, demanding that we find their dog NOW.
Here’s where the rubber meets the road and it gets interesting. No shelter, no rescue, no one can take in all the dogs that are homeless in this area. Why??? Because there are too many homeless dogs already in shelters and rescues.
There is literally No Room in the Inn.
Soooo - - we will celebrate along with our family and friends, then come to work on Tuesday July 5th, take a deep breath and get ready. Tragically, it happens every year and in areas, like northeast Oklahoma, where there are thousands of homeless dogs and cats - - rescuers will bear the brunt of unhappy adults who expect a Miracle.
There Is No Miracle Worker