Today was a difficult and tear-filled day...
However sometimes it's good to step out of your comfort zone and really open your eyes to some of the sad and terrible things that are going on in the world.
As most of you know, I have a huge love for animals but more specifically, for dogs. For as long as I can remember, I have adored them but never was allowed to have one growing up because we travelled so much and my mom was allergic to dogs. But that didn't stop me! I believe I was the cause of tremendous worry for my grandmother, who recalls that as a small child I used to impulsively RUN up to any dog I'd see throwing my hands around its neck to give it a big hug, hahaha! Thankfully, I never got bitten or even growled at...but I don't think that would have stopped me! I used to donate half my pocket money to animal charities and when I was eight my friends and I used to have jumble sales and cake sales to raise money for animal shelters. I like to think that even if it was only a little, it helped in some way or another :)
Fast forward 15 years and here I am at PAWS dog refuge centre in Mullinahone, blinking back tears as I look at all these sweet, abandoned furry faces and I realise I'm still very much the same person inside...my heart turns to absolute mush when I look at this:
I believe charity is a personal thing, and I certainly don't want to put pressure on anyone to donate to any particular charity but if you love dogs as much as I do, and if these pictures make you as sad as they do me, perhaps you'll consider PAWS this Christmas. No donation is ever too small, just like my pocket money and jumble sales as a kid...it's always appreciated. We visited the PAWS centre in Mullinahone today to properly educate ourselves about the charity and what it is they actually do for abandoned/unwanted dogs.
Reasons I'm happy to donate to PAWS this Christmas:
1. They have a no kill policy.
2. They walk and play with all dogs, every single day.
3. The cages are nothing luxurious...that's for sure! But they have plenty of room, some are paired up, and they have both an indoor and outdoor area in each one.
If you want more information on the charity or if you want to make a donation like me, you can check out their website here.