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I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter...the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness, and betrayal. And I was angry. 

"God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?" 

God was silent for a moment, and then spoke softly, "I have done something," was the reply. "I created you." 

-- Author Unknown


Kind Rescuers Everywhere
May God bless you


This page is dedicated to Animal Rescuers everywhere.  If the poems do not have an author listed, we did not know who they were.  If you know, please email us, so we can give them credit.

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France


Rescue at Rainbow Bridge

The Reason

What Does It Take?

Rescue Prayer

This rescuer's prayer

The Rescuer's Creed

The Pieces of my Heart
(on fostering)

Taking Care of Rescue Dogs

My Foster Dog is Beautiful

Another Rescuer's Creed

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Average Pet Owner:

"Love On Four Big Feet"

I Could Never Work Here!

I Want to Quit

One Kind Heart



The Reason

I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
would have left this life believing that all humans don't care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted, skin that isn't flea bitten, good food and enough of it, beds to
sleep on, someone to love me, to show me I deserve love just because I exist.

Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands, Your big heart saved me...
You saved me from the terror of the pound,
 Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.

I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it
when there is no more money, no more room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little
Make just a little more room...to save one more like me.

I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
 In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying.

I am the reason
The dogs before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would've been wasted, our love never given
We would die if not for you.


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Rescue Prayer

 Now I lay me down to rest
I pray my soul can stand this test
Of watching critters lose their homes
While owners gripe and cry and moan

I long for strength of spirit and
I pray they'll find a home again
Where they will know a loving heart
I can't do much, but it's a start..

And spare me from the owner's pleas
About the baby's allergies
Or how they're moving out of state
Or spitefulness 'tween cat and mate

Please keep me sane while dealing with
The woman who bought as a gift
A wriggling tiny ball of fluff
That now is playing way too rough

Remind me I should bite my lip
When confronted with "he grew too quick"
"I didn't know he'd get so large"
"He seems to think that he's in charge"

Protect my heart when I hear them say
"I think we'll breed our dog one day"
Sometimes I think it'll break in two;
Each day brings trials harsh and new

And if I die before I wake
I pray one hopeless soul you'll take
My tears are gone, my faith is bare
Lord, please hear my rescue prayer.

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This Rescuer's Prayer


Thank You for bringing this foster dog into my life. Had I not made the decision to participate in rescue, I would never have had the chance to meet him. If I had sat here comfortably in my home and said "I already have four dogs and I know that I couldn't take in another - even on a temporary basis," I would never have met this dog.

Yes, it takes time to rescue and foster.... but who gave me Time in the first place? And why or what was the reason I was given Time? To fill my own needs? Or was there another reason ever so small and seemingly insignificant, like rescuing this one dog, that could make a difference in another's life? Perhaps to add joy, hope, help and companionship to another who is in need?

With great sadness, I sat down on a footstool in my kitchen this morning and watched as this foster dog bounced back into the house and skidded across the floor to sit ever so perfectly in front of me. He was the picture of health, finally. He was all smiles for me.... and I smiled back at his happy face. Deep in his eyes, the storm clouds of illness and generalized poor health had blown away, and the clear light of his perfection radiated out from his beautiful soul. He holds no ill will toward man. He forgives us all.

I thought to myself as I impressed this one last long look of him into my heart, what a very fine creature You have created. Tears slowly pooled and spilled over my cheekbones as the deeper realization of how wonderful this dog is sank into my internal file cabinet of Needful Things to Remember. Lord, he's a dog - but he's a better human being than I am.

He has forgives quickly. Would I do the same?

He passionately enjoys the simple things in life. And I have often overlooked them.

He accepts change and gets on with his life. I fuss and worry about change.

He lives today and loves today. And I often dwell in the past or worry about the future.

He loves no matter what. I am not that free.

This very lovely dog has gone to his new home today and already I miss him. Thank You for bringing this dog into my life. And thank You for the beautiful and tender lesson on how to be a better human. 

Grace Saalsaa

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The Rescuer's Creed

I promise I will take your unwanted animals. I will heal their wounds, their diseases, their broken bones. I will give them the medical attention they need and deserve. I will nurture their starvation, and give them a warm place to sleep. I will spay and neuter them, vaccinate them against the diseases that can harm them. I will treat them and honor them. I will buy them toys, blankets, balls, and teach them to play. I will speak softly to them. I will try to teach them not to fear, not to cry, and not to hate. I will whisper sweet, kind, gentle words into their ears, while gently trying to stroke their fear, their pain, and their scars away. I will face their emotional scars and give them time to overcome them. I will socialize them, potty train them, teach them to be obedient, show them dignity, and hold their paws, and stroke their ears if they have endured too much and walk them over the Rainbow Bridge, BUT most of all I will teach them Love.

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(On Fostering)

Our paths will cross for only a short time, but while you are in my care I will be devoted to you.

If memories of your former life are painful, I will help erase them. No longer will you hunger and I will help to heal your wounds. If your former life was good, I will promise you an even better future.

One day our time together will come to an end and you will go off to your new home, healthy, happy and healed. As a parting gift, I will give you a piece of my heart to remember me by. I may shed a tear...not for my loss, but for your gain.

Perhaps our paths may cross again for a fleeting instant and I will be comforted by the aura of love that surrounds you. There will always be a bond between us, though we walk separate paths through this life.

After we reach our heavenly reward our paths may cross again. You may try to return the piece of my heart with thanks for all that I did for you. I will tell you to keep it and thank you for showing me that I could be better than I thought I could be, and that I learned in giving came the greatest gifts.

The pieces of our hearts are like grains of sand. They are pulled along a current beyond our control until they come together and form a safe haven.

I, like you, came to understand what it meant to be saved.

Copyright Jim Willis 2001
Jim is a wonderful author.  Visit his website and check out his other writings.  He has also written a new book.

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Taking Care of Rescue Dogs

Taking care of rescue dogs
Is something I do best.
I know because I've done it
And I've surely passed the test.
The dogs I've bathed, the food I've fed
The vacuuming I've done,
And all to watch a frightened soul
Sit dreaming in the sun.
My own dogs I've neglected, But I tell them every day,
That I love and cherish each of them,
Though a new dogs come to stay.
I know they understand this,
For in their eyes I see,
The love that I have given them
Come shining back at me.
Some people think I'm crazy,
Some others think I'm great,
But very few can understand
What really is at stake.
If I can love and help a dog
To find a better way,
My own life is much richer,
I look forward to each day.
So now you know my secret,
It's there for all to see,
The love I give, the life I save,
I do it all for me.

by Kathleen Parsons

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A Rescuer's Creed

I shall be a believer of all that is good in man and of all that is deserving in animals. I shall plead for their lives, campaign for their safety and uphold their right to a natural death. I shall seek out the injured and the maimed, the unloved, and the abandoned and tend to them in their last days. I shall not forget their place in the hierarchy of life, nor that we walk in each other's paths. I shall bear witness to the wonder they bring into our lives and to the beauty they bestow upon our souls. I shall renew their spirits when they are waning, bind their wounds when they bleed, cradle them when they whimper, and comfort them when they mourn.  I shall be near them in their hour of greatest need - a companion and friend when the time has come. I shall watch over them and console them and ask that the angels gather them in their arms. From the creatures of the earth I shall learn the fruits of compassion and undying love, and I shall be called the beloved of God. In their company I shall indeed be blessed.

Susan M. Pearson

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"Love On Four Big Feet"

Dedicated to the Wonderful Volunteers Of Weimaraner Rescue of North Texas

 At Neiman's you'll not find us
Fretting over the latest craze,
Nor hanging out at Starbucks
To pass the empty days.

Somehow life has changed us.
Who knew what we would find!
We thought we'd help a little,
One poor creature at a time.

An old one left unwanted,
Some youngster grown too rough.
If we don't help, who'll be there
When their life's about to snuff?

We've been struck by a fever
That's taken us complete,
Spread by cold, soft noses
And love on four big feet.

Finding homes for the homeless
And soothing life's abuse,
Somehow gives us purpose.
Makes us feel we've been some use.

They'll all be home for Christmas,
Not outside in the rain.
With love and joy around them,
No longer lost, alone in pain.

The ones we've loved then passed along,
Now the center of their home,
With bed and bowl, food and treats,
And loving humans of their own.

The New Year will find us
Searching the lost and found.
We'll mend broken spirits,
And take more sad trips to the pound.

But for now, we take a moment
To look at what we've done.
Together, we made a difference!
The good guys have won!

For us there's nothing better
No victory more sweet,
Than helping save a another
Love on four big feet!

By: Suzanne Fourmigue

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