I Rescued a Human Today

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Janine Allen’s beautiful poem of adoption from a dog’s perspective.

Touching photo of a woman and a dog at a shelter.


Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.




8 thoughts on “I Rescued a Human Today”

  1. What I could do with Bill Gates’ money…….I would have no kill shelters, with free spay and neutering clinics AND nationwide (worldwide?) adoption sites on line…..finance fierce investigations and prosecution of animal abusers. Pets do save lives….no animal should suffer at the hand of a human.

  2. So lovely to see so many people who have kindness in their hearts for all creatures ,may you all be blessed !!

  3. My buddy Jasper (a rellow lab), rescued me June 7, 2010 and it has been a beautiful and happy time ever since. I am 69 years old and he puts the “gold” in my golden years. He makes me feel young again. A beautiful buddy, for sure!

  4. I’ve read this several times and cry with each reading. We have 2 wonderful rescue dogs that have brought so much fun and companionship into our lives, that we love like crazy (even my partner who thought he didn’t like dogs!). I also work at an animal refuge which breaks my heart as the owners care more about their profits than the health of the dogs. We currently have parvovirus in the Refuge and beautiful animals are dying, including innocent little puppies. My heart just breaks when I think of the lovely, trusting, sweet faces looking through the wire at me, as there’s so little I can do for them.

    I wish they could all rescue a human today.


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