Niagara Gazette


July 20, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Finding loyalty and love at the SPCA

Niagara Gazette — There’s a lot of love “out there!” If you’re truly tired of human relationships with strings attached or being on the receiving end of too many bad habits, or of listening to so-called friends, significant others and even family members always being “right”, or chronically complaining, maybe a committed relationship with someone of our species isn’t quite right for you and it’s time to think about other options in the way of companionship.

Try visiting the SPCA of Niagara animal shelter, perhaps on a “rainy day and Monday!” Seriously. There are oceans of love there to be given back to you by patiently waiting, extremely loveable dogs and cats, of every conceivable size and variety, and so many have incredibly winning personalities. The sad eyes will melt you, perhaps even make you do the RIGHT thing. That is, take a chance — step up to the plate and adopt a canine or feline for a family pet. Maybe take two. Think with your heart about maybe “trying one on for size”! Take your time to look carefully and choosing wisely.

The love and affection and company of these adopted animals is undaunted and cannot be matched and to have a dog or cat “on your side, in your corner,” is a very good thing! These innocent creatures, always though silently, but lovingly, “understand” and offer tremendous support during a time of stress or crisis or loss and are wonderful companions when there isn’t another soul to be found anywhere. Their function, if nothing else, is to be “a friend.” That’s all they want and they give so much in return in the way of being loyal and true just by being there. Devoted pet owners think nothing of initiating these creatures into their homes as members of the immediate family. The pets serve a dramatic purpose in the structure and support of a family unit and play a major role in interacting with it. And they live for the adoring love of their pets. Many would impulsively subject themselves to and do the unthinkable to make every attempt to save them in a life or death situation. And yes, when they must “leave” us, a part of us goes with them. For many, a house or an apartment truly becomes a home when you add a set of four legs, a happy tail and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog or a cat.

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