Why do we keep doing this?
by Rancho Coastal Humane Society
08:51 AM, Thursday, October 18
The contrast warmed your heart...and broke your heart...at the same time.

One of the families standing in the lobby at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society was so excited they probably weren't hearing half of what Adoption Counselor Christina Schacht was saying. They were getting a puppy! Life was never going to be the same. It was going to be way better!

The other family stood nearby, remembering the day 14 years ago when they adopted their puppy from RCHS. But now they had lost the old dog that their puppy had become. They had watched it grow through adolescence and adulthood. Then one morning they woke up to find it was a gray-faced, senior citizen. Then a few days ago, it had crossed over the Rainbow Bridge where it would wait for them, forever young.  

They weren't sure why they came that day. They told RCHS care provider John Cavoulas that they weren't ready to adopt again. It was more of a pilgrimage to the place where it all began. A chance to remember how that tiny pup had reached its paw through the bars and whispered, "Please. Take me. I'm your new dog."

So why do we keep doing this? Why do we invite these animals into our homes...into our hearts...knowing that one day we'll become that family trying to re-live the moment?

I believe that we do it for the walks in the park. For the naps in the sunshine. For the looks that ask, "Can I please have a treat?" For the open mouth yawn that seems to say, "I may weigh 6 pounds but I'm still the king of this jungle."

We do it for the warm cat napping on our lap on a cold night. For the muffled woofs during doggie dreams.

We do it because, no matter how much we give them, they'll gladly give us more. Their hearts are pure and true. Their love is unconditional. We do it for the love.

Your support or Rancho Coastal Humane Society makes this possible.

For those who have no voice...Thank You.

Jim Silveira, President

Rancho Coastal Humane Society

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