I'm on Facebook, and a lot of my friends and likes involve pets. Not surprising, considering that dogs in particular are my passion and my underlying mystery theme.
Some of the posts I get regarding dogs are wonderful and uplifting. But I also receive a lot of sad stories about abandoned, abused, or rescued pets that need new homes or fosters fast. Sometimes those stories are fairly graphic about the kinds of abuse the animals have suffered. I hate them. But I read them and want to hug all the animals
I volunteer at a pet shelter that brings in dogs and cats with the idea of hanging onto them until wonderful new homes are found for them. It always bothers me that the pets do need to be rescued because they started out, or wound up, in untenable situations where their owners don't want them any longer or they were strays or feral and didn't have real owners in the first place.
I sometimes consider blocking the sites with the online sad stories. But despite many of them having sad endings, there are also happy endings--such as one I read recently where a cop was called to a neighborhood where there were complaints about a vicious dog. When he got there, he saw that the dog was being harassed by the people who had called and was terrified. The dog came over to him sadly and hopefully--and the cop wound up adopting, rather than shooting, the dog.
That's the kind of story I love to read. And so, I try to deal with the sad ones, too.
I'm glad to say that, as I was writing this yesterday, I came across a heartrending poem on Facebook in a dog's POV about how his life had been unbearable... until a rescuer had adopted him. Did that ever bring tears to my eyes!
Also, a local shelter/shop posted on Facebook that someone had abandoned a dog by tying it up right in front of their place. They were taking him to the vet tomorrow and then finding him a forever home.
So--recently, though not always, I got to do a lot of smiling as I looked online!
What about you--do you read sad, or uplifting, stories about animals--or people?