It’s just a phrase on a sticker you may see while in bumper to bumper traffic… but do you understand what it means?

When you wake up to slobbery kisses, freeze your butt off letting your dog out when it’s the dead of winter, or find your dog has destroyed your favorite pair of UGGs, then you probably understand the unconditional love emanating from dogs.

A.J. and I adopted Mollie, an American Pitbull Terrier, in February of 2016. I didn’t meet Mollie before that day and honestly, I was a little unsure. Owning a dog is a HUGE responsibility, plus the fact she’s a breed that’s heavily discriminated against. But when we finally met, all of my worries and concerns were wiped clean on that rainy day. Mollie is part of our pack; she goes with us wherever she can and her little face automatically makes me smile.

Before we rescued Mollie, her life was hard; we don’t even know the full extent of what she went through, but she was a breeding dog and had a lot of puppies at a young age. She was abused at one point by a man, and she was forced to live outside in the heat of summer and the cold of winter in the Rogue Valley. Now, she’s spoiled rotten, and it’s very obvious she loves her life.

BUT, there are still SO many more animals who have it rough and need our help. Many of these animals get taken to the local shelters, and it’s our job to support those non-profits and love on those animals. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 6.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, 1.5 million are euthanized.

So many animals don’t ever have the opportunity to love or be loved. They did nothing to get into these situations where they are starving, dehydrated and living on the streets. That is the part that just sickens me.

Today is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day–hence this article. I’m not saying to go out and adopt an animal right now, but instead, I’m challenging you to think about this and see how you can make a difference. Maybe it’s adopting an animal, maybe it’s donating your time or money to a local shelter. Whatever it is, let’s show these animals love.


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