Where is the love?

Last week one of my best friends, Melanie asked if I would like to go and volunteer at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and without giving it a second thought I said, “sure!”. 

We decided to go after our morning yoga class on Saturday.  What an amazing place to go.  The big dogs are all in their cages, usually two friends per cage.  We were able to give each of them a “treat” and then we checked out the cat house.   These cats have quite a nice pad, but they want a forever home…look at this sweet one giving me a kiss! 

I have to tell you that I have always avoided shelters because it breaks my heart to know that so many dogs are needing a home.  But what I can tell you is that giving these animals love was so rewarding.  It is a good lesson for me to remember that even if I feel that something might make me sad, I should examine if the good outweighs the bad.  Sure, some of these pets broke my heart, but we were able to give them some attention and love.  We are looking forward to giving of our time and love to the Palm Springs Humane Society. 

Let me encourage you to think about what you can volunteer and do to give to others! 

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