By Mark T. Freeley, Esq. (Open Post)July 1, 2014 at 10:11am
It's been over a year since my daughter and I first began volunteering weekly for Last Chance Animal Rescue ( www.LCARescue.org). It began with my animal loving daughter joining the Rescue Ranger program and us volunteering almost every Saturday at PetSmart in Port Jefferson Station. We get up early to meet the transport van to help unload the dogs that will be up for adoption. Each week new faces greet us as the van door slides open. Crates line the wall of the van's interior from floor to ceiling with the lucky ones that escaped the ever full high kill shelters of South Carolina, where 72 hours comes much too quickly for these helpless animals. We help to clean, feed, and socialize the dogs while we introduce them to prospective adopters. We meet new people, make new friends, and look at rescue dogs a little bit differently than most now. We even volunteer at adoption events on some Sunday afternoons down in Port Jefferson Village next to Chase Bank.The more dogs we help to save, the more we want to save. Sometimes we come across a dog that we really connect with, and we do a little more to help find them their forever home. When we do, I can't explain the feeling. If you are looking to add some sense of purpose to your life, looking to "give back", or just want to help make a difference in our world, become a volunteer or foster for Last Chance. We all have so many things that consume our time that are really not that fulfilling, and don't leave us with that good feeling deep down inside. Maybe you have been feeling like you want to leave more of your imprint on this planet. Why not start by helping one animal and saving one life at a time. Last Chance really needs people from our community to get involved, it could be a good way to spend some quality bonding time with family or friends. If you have some extra room in your home, Last Chance is always in need of more foster families to take care of the animals in between weekend adoption events. The more foster families involved, the more animals that can be saved.
We tend to look at shelter dogs as animals that need our help, and they do. However, there is a different way of looking at these animals. Yes, they need to be saved, but for many of us, maybe it's us that need to be rescued. These dogs quickly become a part of our families. They are always happy to see us, always want to spend time with us, always want to please us, always greet us with a smile and wag of the tail, and are always there to keep us company and to comfort us. They improve our lives as much as we improve theirs.
So now that I have your interest, please take a look at one of the dogs available for adoption with Last Chance. Raven (pictured above), is a 2 year old female Retriever/Shepard mix. She is great with everyone she meets and is looking for her own family. She would be better being the only dog in the family until she is more socialized. If you would like to meet Raven, you can send me a message and we can set up a meet and greet at your convenience. Last Chance also has many other amazing dogs available for adoption that can be seen on their website.
If you would like to learn more about Last Chance Animal Rescue, ways to volunteer, or how to become a foster, I would be happy to speak to you.
Mark T. Freeley, Esq.
Proud volunteer, supporter and Pro-bono Counsel for Last Chance Animal Rescue...We are Rescue.