It is really difficult to pen down my thoughts and feelings with what I have went through in the Pet Shelter, it was bittersweet, I was so lucky to be surrounded with so much love, but I can’t have any of them, and the least I can do for them is to help them to re-home. This is also why I’m inspired to put up this post.
There are easily hundreds of them, both cats and dogs in the shelter at PAWS.
A lot of people say they love animals, but then, when they come across one that needs help, they just turn their heads. Well, I love animals of all shapes, sizes, and disabilities. That’s why I devote most of my time to volunteer in animal shelter if possible. Just few months back, I thought that I might need to consult a psychiatrist, because I happened to love animal more than human, it’s not that I’m inhumane or insensitive. I just find that whatever that involves animal inspired me better. For instance, I’m moved by all the inspiring stories of the love of animals rather the love from your family/lover/friend. I rather donate to animal shelter than old folk homes or orphanage. You might hate me at this point, but I’d think that human is the most problematic creature of all. One of the main reasons that I’m avoiding to study abroad because I’m so attached to my dog, and I can’t bear the thought of living without him. Spending months away from home, he’s the one that I missed the most. O well.. you get that idea, I’m a hardcore animal lover.
If you still don’t get what I’m trying to explain here, do read it from another perspective, DO WE LOVE ANIMALS MORE THAN HUMAN?
In conjunction with the Berjaya Youth Program, I volunteered to help out at PAWS. Not the usual washing and cleaning. This time round, I was given a more challenging task – updating their online portfolio.
It’s true that anyone can hold a camera and take a few snapshots. But what justice does that actually do the animal that is so desperate for a “furever” home. His or her photographs, the ones you take, may be the determining factor in getting people into the shelter to see them. So like any human portrait, those images should reflect the true beauty and personality of each pet. If it were that simple, shelters and rescues would be overflowing with photographers just beating down the doors to help photograph the adoptable pets waiting to be reintroduced to the world. But that just simply is not the case.
For one bad picture, these beautiful creatures may lost their chance to their forever home. On the side note, some might be put to sleep..
I never thought I would fall in love with photography, it was truly the first time that I felt so inspired and motivated, albeit the wee-wee and poopies around me.
I was assigned to the cat session, while the other group handle the kennel.
Here are some of the pictures I’ve taken, edited them to my favorite Black and White. I might not be a pro at this, but I’m slowly getting there. The most important of all, I enjoyed taking them and even now.. when I’m looking at them, it brings a smile to my face =D
Sexy moustache.. meow~ Some of them have very interesting spots
Count me as one person who is more comfortable around dogs than people. I don’t know why. Relief from the pressure of conversation, as you suggest, could be a reason. Also, perhaps, because dogs are genuine; what you see is what you get. And dogs are not judgmental – I never worry about what my dogs think about me for doing some stupid thing.
Needless to say, I pretty sure you are aware by now that, if these animals can’t be re-home anytime soon, they will be put to sleep, some of them have already been here since 2009.
Some of the dogs and cats are purebred/pedigree; I really wonder how they end up in such place. I can’t stop but resent those people who think that pets come and go like a gadget. One must always be aware that, getting a dog is a life time commitment, I always tell my friends, that it’s like signing a 10-15 years contract, and if you have commitment issue, you should stay away from ruining their lives.
Every of them deserves a loving home
Now, for those who wish to do something, you may share PAW’s website and the adoption fees is as follows,
1. Adult Dog: RM50
2. Puppy: RM80
3. Adult Cat: RM30
4. Kitten: RM50
5. Pedigree animals: Minimum RM250 (rarely come with certificates)
I hope these little ones will find their forever home soon.. otherwise above is a glimpse of how they will be sent away (put to sleep) in piles.
PS: A few scratches here and there, but it’s all worth it <3