Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I sent an email off to the foster coordinator at the pound and she said I could bring him in that afternoon. Usually the vet has surgeries on Wednesdays but the schedule was changed. I worked through lunch and then snuck out early. The vet was really nice and gave me 2 antibiotics and some fluids for the puppy. She is a new vet at the pound and her tiny office is basically a 15'x15' store room in the back of the pound. I was looking around and trying to see what could improve the situation. Basically, they need a new building. They already have the original block main building, 2 mobile buildings, and a circus tent for the overflow of dogs. When I got home I looked at their website and read that there is a bond on the next ballot for a new building. I will definitely be voting yes for that. In the mean time, I think I'll donate to their medication fund. The vet mentioned that they are almost out of a few medications because it is the end of the fiscal year and they can't order more until the next year. How difficult it must be to work at a place with so much need and so little monetary support.
I must remember times like this when I want to jump in and help. I can't retire early AND give all of my money away. I need to plan my giving too. And I need to remember that not all problems are best solved by throwing money at them. Volunteering time is even more valuable than money sometimes and that is why I have foster puppies.