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Op-Ed: No Paw Left Behind



Over Pesach break, I began fostering a one and a half year old named Ralphie. By the way, Ralphie is a dog. It all started when I contacted an animal rescue group, No Paw Left Behind. No Paw Left Behind saves animals, finds them foster homes for the interim, and then permanent homes to take care of them forever. Additionally, I became a certified volunteer at Miami Dade Animal Services.

In the beginning I loved volunteering there; I was excited by my furry friends, showing them love and attention in a place of much isolation. However, the experience was also quite demoralizing–I was around distraught furry friends who were deemed as “unadoptable,” meaning they only have a short time to live. Nonetheless, I wanted to do my part to help these animals in need, and it was definitely worth it. Just petting the lonely dogs felt completely rewarding, knowing that I had been a bright spot in their day. For those who love animals but are unable to adopt, I highly recommend fostering and volunteering. By fostering, you transplant animals from bad situation by giving them shelter and affection. By volunteering at the shelter, you care for animals who need a companion. When you make a positive difference in animal’s life, you make all the difference in your own life.

By: Sara Fuchs

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