08 00 AM on a Wednesday.
I would normally still be asleep at this time, but as an ELI WOOFF volunteer, I am headed to our rescue center for my weekly roster. At the moment, we are fostering two adorable puppies rescued by our volunteers.
As soon as I arrive, I open the kennel and I am greeted by the dogs barking and jumping around, begging for attention. After petting them and giving them some water, they bound away playing with each other and exercising their legs after a long night spent in the kennel. I then proceed to the daunting task of scooping up all the poop, all the while keeping an eye over the little ones. In all honesty, I was quite squeamish the first time I had to clean the kennel and was absolutely disgusted by the smell; although I did get used to it after a while. When the kennel has been cleaned, it’s time to feed the little ones. They gobble up their food in no time at all, and start to run around again with renewed energy. After letting them play and tire themselves out, I unfortunately have to get them back into the kennel (which is a little bit tricky with two puppies who absolutely do not want to be locked up).
It is such a pleasure to have seen them evolve from being scared and lonely puppies to being full of energy and mischief. Without the help of ELI WOOFF, these dogs would have probably spent their lives in the streets, hungry and full of fleas. But they are now happy, healthy and hopefully going to find wonderful new homes with loving families.