A video of Dad's political opponent, Mitt Romney, (secretly recorded at a high-brow fund raising event) surfaced on MotherJones.com yesterday and caught the GOP's Presidential Candidate making some "off the cuff" comments including the revelation that it is not his job to worry about 47% of Americans because they don't pay taxes; believe they are victims; will never take responsibility for their own lives and; expect the government to take care of them. Say what?!
And where does that leave our non-tax-paying homeless pet population? Who will worry about them?
I'm proud (and relieved) to say that I personally know plenty of folks who not only take responsibility for their own lives, they are also willing to take responsibility for those of us who cannot speak or help ourselves.
These unsung heroes do worry about my displaced cousins. They worry they won't be able to find them homes or that they're so damaged from abuse that they may not be able to save them. They cry themselves to sleep at night thinking about the dogs and cats who are curling up alone in cages and those pets whose euthanasia they tearfully assisted with that day.
These noble crusaders take on the burden that many other humans won't, for fear that working around these precious pets would cause their hearts to literally break into two, but who are eternally grateful to those who step up to the plate and do what they cannot.
I thank all of you for the often thankless jobs you do, from sweeping the shelter floors to cleaning out the cages; answering the phones to walking the dogs; stroking the cats to talking to your frightened charges in hopes of calming them and assuring them that there is love for them in this world.
DogTime.com recently accepted nominations for an Unsung Hero Award to honor one of these selfless heroes. They received hundreds of nominations, heart-wrenching stories about shelter and rescue volunteers who give of their time when they have none to spare; forgo a salary when they are barely making it; endure incredible amounts of pain from physical ailments that should keep them bed-ridden, but whose passion and love for our abandoned pets pulls them out of bed every morning with the hope that maybe today their contributions will help one more homeless pet find a home.
I want to invite you to join pet lovers from around the world in a celebration of pet bloggers and animal shelter/rescue volunteers at the 2012 Petties Award Ceremony on Friday, October 12th. You can join the festivities at petties.dogtime.com where pet bloggers from 10 categories will be announced along with the winner of the Unsung Hero Award.
The Petties is the largest annual pet blog awards program on the Internet, with nearly 10,000 nominations and $30,000 in awards.