It all started with the SPCA commercials. Those dogs just broke my heart, and I just wanted to save them all. I had known since I was little that I wanted to work with animals, so I started talking to my mom about volunteering at the Spokane Humane Society.
Then Ranger wagged his way into my life. He was an underweight dachshund with a snaggle tooth, a red nose, and golden eyes. At first, he was afraid. He had been rescued from a puppy mill and had spent the first four years of his life in a cage. Honestly, he didn't even know how to be a dog. He didn't play with toys, and didn't know what to do when I would pet him. Then he licked me for the first time. I started playing with him, and found he would tear the stuffing out of any dog toy. He loved to run after tennis balls.
Unfortunately, he had to go live with our Uncle. But Ranger, with his snaggle-toothed grin, taught me that all it took to be kind was to take care of an animal in need.
I am a current volunteer at the Spokane Humane Society, and I am so glad I am doing it!