Windy sat anxiously in her run. It was about time for the volunteers to arrive to the animal control shelter. This was the highlight of every dog’s day because the volunteers would ensure each dog had outside time for a bathroom break and play time. Not every county shelter has the fortune of such a good volunteer base as Cobb County. Finally, it was her turn. Windy walked through the aisles of barking dogs to the door that would lead her outside. She quickly relieved herself and then enjoyed the sunshine and fresh air. She had learned to be grateful for every moment she had outside and with her human friends who cared so much for her. One day she overheard that she had been placed on the Urgent List meaning if someone did not come and get her out, she would be killed. A knot formed in her throat as she thought about her former people and wondered why they had not come for her. Returning to her cell, she curled up on her bed feeling lonely and scared. Would she get out? Could she ever trust a human again? She faded off to sleep, but in her dreams she could still hear the frantic dogs in the shelter who were barking expressing the same anxiety she was holding inside herself. A couple of days later, people approached her cell. “Haven’t seen these people before,” she thought to herself thinking it was a little early for the volunteers to be arriving. The intake team from Our Pal’s Place took Windy outside to spend time with her. “Maybe they will help me,” she thought as she wagged her tail in appreciation. As they put the slip lead around her neck, her heart sank as she expected to be returned to her cell. But wait … she was being led a different way … down the corridor and out the door in which she had come in months prior. She was getting out!! At Our Pal’s Place Pet Adoption Facility, Windy met new people who immediately started caring for her, ensuring she was comfortable and happy. She relishes having a lot of outside time throughout the day and especially enjoys walking the trails with the youth volunteers. Her dream is to have her very own companion with whom she can share leisurely walks, enjoy days together and still be allowed some independence to do her own thing.
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