As some of you know, my wife works with organizations that rescue dogs and cats from pounds and shelters, before they can be euthanized. Many times they are taken from the shelters on the eve of their death.
Yesterday, she and another lady drove about 250 miles in separate vehicles to rescue several dogs. When they got back to the local area, they delivered the dogs to a group that will do everything possible to place them in homes. One of the dogs my wife brought back was a 85 pound Weimaraner. It rode in the back seat of our truck, with no problem. She dropped it off at a "Weimaraner Rescue" facility.
The dog was in their facility and my wife was on the outside of the fence. She went to slide a bowl of water under the gate to it. But it wasn't the same dog. It looked like it, but it wasn't. This dog gave her a nasty bite that badly ripped and tore the top of her hand. They had to sew a huge flap of meat back on. There's not very many stitches holding it together because dog bites (and human) usually get infected and need lots of room to drain.
Sorry, I know this is pretty graphic. It just goes to show you that, "No good deed goes unpunished!"
Despite this, my wife is bummed that she has to miss her next shift with the rescued cats at our local Petsmart. In case you didn't know, Petsmart doesn't own any of the dogs and cats in their stores. They donate the space, food, utilities, and everything else needed to the support rescue efforts of many organizations countrywide. They are the leading funder of animal welfare agencies across North America.
Major shout out to them! By providing space to adoption partners in the PetSmart Charities Adoption Centers, homeless pets are given another location and additional opportunity for exposure to the pet-loving public, and the extra time they need to find lifelong, loving homes. Annually, about 400,000 pets find new homes thanks to this effort!