People talk about finding a passion like it is one of the easiest things in the world. But what does it mean to find or have a passion? I think I recently found out. About a six months ago I began volunteering for Pima Paws for Life, an animal shelter in Tucson Arizona. PPFL is a no-kill animal shelter whose goal is to take animals that would otherwise be forgotten in bigger shelters and give them a second chance at a forever home. The dogs and cats that come into the shelter range from sick dogs with valley fever to cats that are considered a little temperamental (so… a normal cat!). All of these animals are given the care and attention needed to make sure they are ready to find new families.
When beginning my journey with Pima Paws I did not expect to find myself so involved in the goings on of the shelter. I thought that I would go every now and then and walk some dogs and go home. However I found myself staying for longer periods of time and just sitting with the animals in the shelter, not wanting to leave. I eventually began participating in the adoptions at PetSmart every weekend. As a volunteer I am fortunate enough to get to talk to the public about the amazing dogs that I work with. I am able to put people’s misconceptions about shelter dogs to rest and show them how loving and NORMAL shelter animals can be.
Working with these dogs is one of the most rewarding things I have been lucky enough to participate in.
Working with these dogs is one of the most rewarding activities I have been lucky enough to participate in since moving to Tucson for school. Not only have I gotten to make a difference in these animals lives, but they have taught me more than I thought possible. I have always loved animals since I was young, but these dogs have showed me how important second chances are. They show you that just because an animal has been through a terrible experience does not mean that they are broken. They have most importantly showed me what it means to have a passion. I wake up excited every weekend to see the dogs that I work with and hopefully find them a forever home. I have learned that a passion is not always something that you expect to find, but sometimes it sneaks up on you. I have found that a passion does not have to be something that is important to everyone but it has to be something that is important to you.