I <3 Dogs Wk 3: A day in the life
There are several different types of days in Pawsibilities rescue and an average day for us is most likely completely different than the
average day for another rescue as each rescue has its own procedures, processes, etc. With Pawsibilities there are Vet Run days, Dog Pull days, Transport days, Pet Fair days, (My Least Favorite-Day BEFORE pet fair day), etc. Then there is the “Thank Our Lucky Stars” day. The latter is the day when there is no major emergency, no driving for hours, I don’t have to work my regular job today, etc.
The day in the life of Pawsibilities Are Endless dog rescue on a “Thank Our Lucky Stars” average day from the point of view of Lora, Pawsibilities Are Endless president, treasurer, transporter, vet run coordinator, pet fair coordinator and foster mom.
Morning: When I wake up in the morning the first thing is feedings, of course. We let each dog out to use the restroom and then feed them. While they’re eating we start the process of cleaning the patio, which is usually a 45 min. to an hour job. While I clean the patio, I also clean dog houses. Although I’ve only seen the dog houses used 2 times in the past year and a half, we keep them out there “just in case”, they still get dirt and leaves in them daily so they need to be cleaned. During all this I’m also checking twitter, facebook and all our email addresses to keep our animal’s profiles actively moving. Add in crossposting other dogs from all over the world who need help as well, keeping up with any needs from fosters, potential adopters, and extended family members (aka: adopters). When the patio is finally clean it’s time to get all the dogs out to the back yard to play. I like to be out there with them to work on any issues I see. (barking at neighbors, digging, etc) This also gives me the chance to socialize the dogs and do basic training at the same time.
Afternoons: Afternoons are spent rotating our foster dogs out for exercise and fresh air while again working on twitter, facebook, youtube, emails, phone calls, etc. At the same time I’m trying to get my personal duties accomplished (paying bills, cleaning, tutoring my son, etc). Every time a text, phone call or email comes in I’m hoping it’s not an emergency. Afternoons are also for research, paying rescue expenses, updating medical records, making videos, taking and cropping photos, etc. Glamorous… I know. But in reality if I ever wanted to go into pet photography I would be on the right path.
Evenings: Evenings are probably the most hectic. As soon as 4pm hits the family starts trickling in the front door. Now on top of juggling the never-ending dog rotation and trying to handle rescue related items, etc, it’s also family time. From 4-10pm it’s really just a matter of juggling family and fosters (and making sure Flower doesn’t run off with another one of my shoes, which by the way, she just did, then walked back in to make sure I knew and left again : ) trying to make sure everyone’s needs are met while again working online. FYI: The insanity of these moments is actually what makes this kind of worth while because my fosters provide so much comic relief.
After 10pm it’s usually “Potty and Playtime.” I like to make sure each foster dog is pretty well worn out and has used the restroom before I go to bed. This is for my own selfish reasons as well as their comfort. In most cases I kennel our foster dogs at night, if they are well exercised they are nice and quiet all night and sleep like babies like the rest of us. So, from 10pm until about 1am the foster dogs again take turns using the restroom and playing to their hearts content.
Please remember as you read this, I could tell you stories about the worst days, but you hear about those all the time so I chose to discuss the easiest day in rescue. The “Thank Our Lucky Stars Day” is my favorite day. Even though it’s extremely busy— and I never get everything done— this is a day when all of our dogs are healthy and we have time to help other rescues/shelters by crossposting their dogs. I get to spend time with my family, my dogs and my foster dogs. I don’t have to commute. This is a day I can actually take time to enjoy the volunteer work that I do. I don’t take these days for granted because I know tomorrow may bring a long drive, hours at the vet clinic or a major emergency. I also know we can’t save every dog so I just try to do the best I can for the dogs we do bring into our rescue.
President, Pawsibilities Are Endless