Tuesday 26 March 2013
The heavens have opened here at Scooby – it is very wet, the dogs are inside and we´re all feeling a bit frustrated as we´re eager to roll our sleeves up and work but there is only so much we can do outside during this ongoing downpour. However, don´t be fooled that the weather can restrict the value that a volunteer can add; there are many other jobs that are equally important.
We´ve prepared the food, which as anyone who has already volunteered at Scooby knows, can be a long and tedious process as the donated food is often in very small packets which need to be opened individually. With 500 mouths to feed you can imagine how many packets need to be opened! With each tear of every packet you have to think about the dogs and the seemingly thankless task becomes a labour of love, okay okay, that´s probably going a bit too far but it really is an important job!
We´ve spent time with the dogs who are recovering from their illnesses or operations in the clinic. Cleaning their crates, feeding them and giving them some tender loving care are vital to getting them back on their feet.
We´ve cleaned the inside kennels with as little disturbance as possible to the dogs who are seeking shelter from the rain. This can sometimes take a while as we´re easily distracted by wet dogs who look like they need a cuddle! It makes a real difference to them in this weather to have cosy beds, especially the recently rescued Galgos who are a little underweight, so we put blankets down and leave knowing that they can rest in comfort.
Now, we´re sitting at our laptops and iPads drinking tea writing descriptions of the dogs for the website and stories for the newsletter; another important job as this is what helps to attract volunteers, secure donations and find homes for the animals.
Our spirits are lifted when Pablo enters the office with a Monk who is interested in adopting Pedro, a lovely little brown dog; they meet and it´s made official. ´Do you think he could bless Freddy? ´ I ask Sabine in jest. Freddy is an adorable young puppy found abandoned in Salamanca who I´ve been looking after since I arrived on Friday. She jumped up and ran over to ask; the Monk obliged and we are all moved to watch Freddy being blessed in front of us.
With smiles on our faces we head back to the office when we notice a young lady waiting at the gates; she´s also interested in adopting a Scooby dog and after a few introductions she goes home with a beautiful young black Labrador named Baloula.
And now a family arrives at the office with Pablo who spends some time with them looking through the database; could this be the third adoption of the day? There are lots of smiles and things look positive. It turns out that Dumbo is the one for them and there we have it; three adoptions on one of the most miserable days of the year so far :)
No two days are the same at Scooby and no amount of rain can dampen our spirits or the lessen the hope that we have for its animals.