Sunday is supposed to be something like “sleep until you’re hungry, then eat until you’re sleepy”, right? Well, not if you are a dog rescuer, a volunteer, or involved in animal welfare in any way. If you are any of the above, Sunday is when you are busier than ever.
Sunday most of us can get together, it is the day when adoption appointments are arranged, when we have free time to spend with the animals, photograph them, write their adoption ads and plan everything there is to be planned for the following week.
Especially when puppies are involved, you simply can’t waste any time, you can’t postpone for next week, you can’t have any other priority. Once puppies are rescued, a rescuer’s struggle begins, and whatever there is to be accomplished, can only be accomplished within the first few weeks.
The goal is to have them adopted soon enough, so that they don’t get to grow up at the shelter. It is a fight we have to win, because once they grow up, a new fight begins: that of finding a home for an adult dog, and everyone knows this is not an easy task.
The sooner they are photographed and promoted for adoption, the better – for them (because they get to grow up as family members) and for us (because renewing photos every couple of months and having them pose at two months of age, then at four, then again at six, eight, ten … is frustrating and disappointing).
So today, on a sunny winter Sunday, 9 rescue puppies (ranging from 2 to 6 months of age) and 15 people (volunteers, foster parents, a photographer and a video maker) got together in a garden and tried to do the best they could, so that the puppies have adoption photos and videos as shareable as possible.
The more shares and likes a puppy gets, the more possible it is for us to find the right home. Given the fact that most people will ask for a puppy for their kids to play with, as if it is a stuffed doll, the more phone calls you get, the more possible it is that one of the people calling, will be a responsible future owner, that didn’t just succumb to the “aww” syndrome of a cute photo.
But we need “aww” photos, because the more “aww” they are, the more possible it is for them to reach the right person through the numerous likes and shares. And the ones that need them the most, are the black puppies, or simply the average looking ones. Every rescuer’s heart beats for the ones that won’t get as many shares, simply because they are not fluffy and white.
I had a great time today – spending Sunday morning in a beautiful garden with nine puppies running around, playing, exploring and being as cute as possible was all I wanted to do this morning. But I did leave crying. Because, no matter how optimistic you are, you can tell which ones will be adopted in no time, and which ones will grow up waiting for someone to see something more in them, apart from the way they look.
So I cried for the black ones, but most of all I cried for Chip, who is the oldest of all. He is the most well behaved, friendly and amazing young dog I ever met. His only mistake is that he was born black (and mixbreed – he is not a black Lab or a black Doberman or a black Cane Corso). So four months after his rescue, he keeps coming to these photo shoots, and we keep trying to find him a home, like we did when he was two months old, then three, then four, then five.
All puppies were found abandoned in Athens, Greece and were rescued by SPAZ. If you wish to adopt one of them, you can contact the charity at: firstname.lastname@example.org or message the charity’s Facebook page.