Passion and Persistence

September 10, 2012  

Sometimes it’s about fitting as many pit bulls into your Mini Cooper as you can

By Kirstyn Northrop Cobb

For years now, I have worked with my local shelter. We are a small, private shelter. Because we are a private shelter, we are what is considered “limited admittance.” This means that we do not have to accept animals from the public, and we pull most of our animals from public shelters. Public shelters are shelters that are “open access,” usually run or contracted out by the government and have the difficult task of accepting all animals, either owner give ups, strays, court case animals and so on. The employees at those shelters have the most difficult job of all, as there are never enough homes and never enough resources. But day in and day out, they are in there, working to better the lives of the animals that have nowhere else to go. I admire these people, their passion and their persistence. I have met some wonderful people who work at open access shelters and formed some wonderful friendships.

So, when one of those wonderful people call me and say that they are, yet again, overwhelmed or have an animal who would do better in a smaller, quieter environment, my heart goes out to them and their struggle, and the answer is “Yes, I would love to help.” Because most shelters have a lot of pit bull type dogs, usually the calls that I get are about pit bull type dogs, and that’s fine with me! I do love my pit bull dogs! So, I make the trip up to retrieve the dog who they feel most needs a spot at our little shelter.

But it never just ends there. There is nothing more difficult than seeing those little faces, looking up at you, confused and not sure why they are there. And it’s hard to pick just one. So, well, I never do. I can’t remember the last time that I fit just one dog in my car for the trip back – not even right after I had gotten into a car accident and ended up driving a Mini Cooper for a few days. Who knew that I would be able to fit five pit bulls into a Mini Cooper? It was like some weird game of crate tetris, but I did it. And why? Because I can’t take just one. And even that isn’t enough.

There are many nights that I lie awake thinking about some of the dogs that I left behind. But I know that I can’t take them all. I know that saving one dog won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one dog, and I have to look at it that way. I also have to be thankful that the shelters that I work with reached out to me in the first place. By working together, we can make a difference.

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3 Responses to “Passion and Persistence”
  1. DianaJones says:

    Pit bull tetris? Doesn’t that sound like a fun day at the park!!

  2. Not how many pit bulls can you fit into a mini cooper hahahah too cute.  Thanks for all you do, know that you are making a difference the in the world of the dogs you save as well as the world in general!. Keep up the AWESOME work!

  3. ReneeMKeller says:

    You are making a difference, you are a hero!!  Thank you for all that you do!!