Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

pals by search engine

Today I found the website for, which contains numerous listings of shelter and rescue pals for whom adoptive homes are sought. I like the little biographies of the pets, and the way one can find a particular species or breed with the search engine. Next time we get a pet, we'll get a shelter pal. I hope that that's a long way off into the future, though. Our two dogs are 13 and 9, but it's hard to imagine that they're both aging. The 13 year old, Scout,
shows her age, being a bit arthritic. But she still enjoys her life very much.

Some weeks ago I ran across a site for non-infant kids in need of adoptive homes. Despite the prior paragraph, I'll resist the obvious, "see how socially insightful and cutting I can be" comparison. It's a bit heartbreaking, really, entries like "Jason tries hard at school, but he faces special challenges".

Sometimes I want to adopt simply everyone, or do some other broad-minded and truly helpful thing. But I don't. It's not important to have the flights of fancy and to wish the "wish I could". It's only important what I do. I think of the problems that consume me, day to day, and then I think of the challenges kids and animals face, and I feel darned ungrateful and self-absorbed.
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