So…a dog or cat (or a bunny or a gerbil or fill-in-the-blank) was found, taken in to be cared for under a rescue organization’s protective wing, even lovingly seen to by a foster home. Now along comes someone who would love to take them into their own home – for good. A forever home. A forever family. We call it that because, as we all know with animals – love and commitment are forever. Animals don’t love or appreciate part-way; they don’t hang around for a bit, then decide they don’t like you anymore. Animals are forever. And an adopter is now going to love an animal forever. Though in physical presence until the bridge parts them temporarily, they will always be united.
Adopters are very important people. Certain adopters are even more special. These adopters choose their pets from places that have many animals in need, and they aren’t interested in making the almighty buck off of them. They care not whether the pup has papers or a pedigree; these are not people who judge a book by its cover. They make an effort – to visit shelters and rescue organizations, to find one animal that seems to want them as much as they want the animal. The bond begins. And one less homeless animal can be counted in this crazy, oft-times cruel world. Adopters are saviors; big hearts that know where to find the golden hearts, true animal lovers without question.
One really monumental way you can do something positive for animals and their welfare is to adopt one in need. You may only be bringing home one dog or cat or bunny….but the entire animal kingdom surely appreciates you for it. And to that one pet – it means the world. To take into your home and love forever one animal, you make a deposit in this world of living things that reaps rewards beyond anything else. What you give is returned to you many times over. It is the way of nature. It is the universe sending back to you the positive you have put out. It is a good thing. Good things come to good people.
I have fostered many; I have loved them as my own pets and felt a loss when they left our home. Yet, for each and every one of them, I have met new, wonderful people with big hearts and open arms. These people, the special adopters, now share their homes and their love with animals who once faced uncertain or horrible futures. The animals are cared for, loved – and have bright futures ahead of them. Rescues, shelters, volunteers, fosters – all are important in the process – but ultimately, what is most important and to be celebrated, are the adopters. The crucial link to health and happiness for once-lost or once-threatened animals is the loving home that will take them forever.