Monday, December 6, 2010


Tis' the night before Christmas

and all through the town,

every shelter is full -

we are lost, but not found,

Our numbers are hung

on our kennels so bare,

we hope every minute

that someone will care,

They’ll come to adopt us

and give us the call,

“Come here, Max and Sparkie -

come fetch your new ball!!

But now we sit here

and think of the days…

we were treated so fondly -

we had cute, baby ways,

Once we were little,

then we grew and we grew

now we’re no longer young

and we’re no longer new.

So out the back door

we were thrown like the trash,

they reacted so quickly -

why were they so rash?

We “jump on the children,

“don’t come when they call”,

we “bark when they leave us”,

climb over the wall.

We should have been neutered,

we should have been spayed,

now we suffer the consequence

of the errors THEY made.

If only they’d trained us,

if only we knew…

we’d have done what they asked us

and worshiped them, too.

We were left in the backyard,

or worse -let to roam-

now we’re tired and lonely

and out of a home.

They dropped us off here

and they kissed us good-bye…

“Maybe someone else will give you a try.”

So now here we are,

all confused and alone…

in a shelter with others

who long for a home.

The kind workers come through

with a meal and a pat,

with so many to care for,

they can’t stay to chat,

They move to the next kennel,

giving each of us cheer…

we know that they wonder

how long we’ll be here.

We lay down to sleep

and sweet dreams fill our heads…

of a home filled with love

and our own cozy beds.

Then we wake to see

sad eyes brimming with tears -

our friends filled with emptiness,

worry, and fear.

If you can’t adopt us

and there’s no room at the Inn -

could you help with the bills

and fill our food bin?

We count on your kindness

each day of the year -

can you give more than hope

to everyone here?

Please make a donation

to pay for the heat…

and help get us something

special to eat.

The shelter that cares for us

wants us to live,

and more of us will,

if more people will give.

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