My Job As A Spokesdog is No More.


If you have been a follower of mine for a while , you know that I supported and volunteered at the Owensboro Humane Society. I was the spokesdog and ma was the Adoption/Event coordinator and the office/post care nurse for the spay/neuter clinic. 
#standardpoodle in vest

The Owensboro Humane Society is a no kill, non-profit shelter located in Owensboro, Ky. The Owensboro Humane Society operates solely on the donations of the public. They do not receive money from the state, county or national chapters of the Humane Society of the United States. They rely on volunteers to help with events, walk dogs, socialize the cats and always welcome those who want to help clean. 

They are always in need of donations of pet food, towels, cleaning supplies and money. 

They are a facility who never gives up on their pets. Many pets wait a few days to a few months to be adopted but there are those who wait for years. 

Dogs like Dozer who waited 7 yrs for his home 

#Dozer a #RednosePitbull who is available for #adoption
or 
Achilles who waited 5 yrs.

#blackandTan #doberman who found his forever home

The Owensboro Humane Society never gave up on them and they searched until they found their forever homes. Both dogs are very happy in their homes and they have the families they waited so long for.

We have watched each adoption happen and we have cried tears of joy with each one. They have a warm bed, a family that loves them and they get a kiss goodnight every night. 

With each adoption our dreams came true. We have done fundraising events, adoption events, spay/neuter clinics and I have asked over and over for donations for the little shelter that could.

Dogs like Gunner are still in need of a home. He has also been waiting a long time for his dreams to come true
Carmapoodale.com #reasonstoadoptGunner
Photo by Bunny Allen 
My role as the spokesdog for the Owensboro Humane Society was to go to events to bring awareness, visit schools to teach children about pets and how to help the parents take care of the pets in the home and I blogged about my buddies who needed homes.

I was a door greeter to all the events hosted at the humane society and at the spay/neuter clinic. I wore my vest with pride and I wasn't afraid to make sure you seen the words "Please Donate" in hopes that you put a few dollars in my pockets.

It was a job that I felt honored to have. 

 On Oct 1 2014 , I hung up my vest.  

#OwensboroHumaneSociety #spokesdog #vest on doorknob

It was not a easy decision. Its one that Ma and I thought about long and hard our choice. We had many family discussions about it considering my entire family volunteered.  We didn't want to leave but thought it was best.

Ma has MS and it's not getting any better. This summer she was not able to be out in the yard like she has ever since I have known her. The heat bothered her, her energy levels were below low, her back pain got worse and her health wasn't getting any better. Dad and Sarah both told her many times that they thought some of the health problems could be due to her stressing about not being able to do the things she wanted for them. She was unable to go to the Humane Society as much as she needed. 

She felt that if she was to be the best adoption coordinator that she could, she would need to be in contact with the animals. She needed to spend time with them so they could learn to trust her, she could know more about them like their quirks, qualities, and what each of them had deep inside. She couldn't be there like she wanted and with each new dog or cat that came in she could barely remember their name.

Working in the spay/neuter clinic had became too hard for her. The bending, getting up and down off the floor from where she was sitting with a dog and lifting the pets who were recouping was becoming too much for her. It was hard to keep volunteers there all day to help her. After 2 days of clinic , she would be down on her back for 2-3 days after. Clinics were physically demanding. When you have a job to do and you realize you can't do it properly , then its time to bow out. 

I will continue to support the Humane Society. I will donate all that I can. I will continue to write about them and the pets that need homes and we truly love them and will always stand behind them. I will go to conferences and still try to talk everyone out of their extra swag (products) to bring home to give to them and I will continue to ask companies to donate to them. 

The Owensboro Humane Society will always have a place in our hearts. Ma just couldn't keep up with everything that she was doing and if she couldn't give them 110% then she felt like she wasn't doing them any good.

It was a sad day. She has cried many tears over the decision and she hopes that we can volunteer every once in a while to spend time with the animals in the future.

I love the Owensboro Humane Society.
They are the little shelter that could.
 They are big heroes in my eyes and heart.

The Owensboro Humane Society is located in Owensboro Ky. 
They are a 501(c)3 facility
They are open 11-4 Seven days a week , 365 days a year. 
You can see a list of pets that are needing a home 
at their Petfinder 
You can reach them at 270-302-6813
or through Email

If you would like to donate to them , you can mail a check to 
Owensboro Humane Society
3101 W 2nd st
Owensboro, Ky 42301

I would sure appreciate it. Your donation is tax deductible. 
Your donation will go to the care of the animals. 




26 comments:

  1. I know what a hard decision that was for your Ma. I'm sure it was the right thing to do, though. *hugs*

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    1. Thank you. We will still volunteer but only when ma can and not when we have to.

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  2. {{hugs}} I hope you will come to terms with your decision and realize it’s for the best. Your Ma has to think of her health.

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    1. Thank you. Ma fought the pain and weakness so much the last few months and it wasn't getting any better. Maybe now we can take time to do more writing about the shelters needs and animals and not worry about whether we have to be at a event or not.

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  3. We are so sorry to hear that you and Ma aren't able to do as much with the Owensboro Human Society. Thank you for all that you have done, and we know that you'll keep volunteering as much as you are able to. Please take care of yourslef, and know that we send hugs, purrs and prayers.

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    1. Thank you so much for the hugs , purrs and prayers. We really appreciate it.

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  4. My heart just breaks for you because I know how deeply attached you are to the Owensboro Humane Society and how this decision had to be beyond painful. I am so sorry. Ultimately, you have to take care of YOU first...I am so sorry that your MS is being cranky and mean to you (I mean that with love). You will STILL be able to do tons for them with posts like this one, donations, etc. You have to take care of YOU so that YOU can be able to help to the best of your ability at this most difficult time. Sending you much love and (((hugs))))

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    1. Thank you Caren. You are right, we can do a ton of writing to help continue to bring awareness to them and we can still donate products. There is a lot that we can do from the comfort of ma's chair or bed if needed.
      Thank you for your king words.
      Love and hugs!

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  5. I'm so sorry that your Mom's health has made it so that she cannot do the work she and you so obviously love. But I hope you can feel good about all you have done so far, and know that you will still be doing so much good for them, even if it is in different ways. Life can deal us some unfair blows, but sometimes we just have to do the best we can with what we have to deal with. Your Mom needs to take care of herself and I hope she can get feeling better by doing so.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. We didn't want to leave but hated that we couldn't do a few events that was scheduled. This is when reality started to hit ma. We can still write to bring awareness to them.
      Thank you for your support!!

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  6. I'm sorry about Ma. About her not feeling well and not getting better. I think your dad and Sarah are right though. Stressful situations take it's toll on your heath. Ma needs to slow down a bit until the MS symptoms subside. I know this must have been a very difficult decision. The two of you were do so much for the shelter and to promote adoption. Between FB and your blog that work can continue. Good luck. Mom and I send hugs, smoochies and love. She will pray for you.

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    1. Thank you so much BJ. I appreciate you taking time out to read this. It was very difficult to leave but its something we had to do.
      Love,
      Carma Poodale

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  7. Oh....but you have to know your limits. We know you will be missed but will continue to do what you can. No efforts are overlooked by organizations like this. Please don't stress yourself - you are loved and appreciated.

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    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I hope to continue to still make a difference by bringing awareness to them through my social media channels.
      Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. Panfur Purrs to you and your Ma. We know it was a very difficult decision to make. Your Ma needs to be as healthy as she can be. There are many more ways to continue her dedication with the Owensboro Humane Society, like blogging, or posting on FB, or the many avenues available on social media! :-)
    Mancat Meows to you Carma!

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    1. Thank you! You are right, I can make a difference by writing to bring awareness to those who needs home and the Humane Society's current needs. Social Media can be powerful!!

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  9. Carma - you are such a wonderful and devoted dog and I commend you for all that you have done for the animals at the Owenboro Humane Society. Your Ma is a very special person and has brought much joy into the hearts of those around her. Her health is so very important - we know she will miss working at the Humane Society, but she will just have to use her writing talents to help make a difference. You take good care of her and give her a loving bark from me... Purrs from Deb and the Zee and Zoey gang.

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    1. I will continue to write about the Humane Society. I wish we could have continued with them but Ma's back won't take it. Maybe one day we can go back but until then there is always the power of social media.
      Thank you so much for taking time to read my post.
      Wags and Wuv
      Carma Poodale

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  10. Aw, so sorry your Ma's MS has been bothering her so much! We all hope she gets to feeling better very soon! Callie, Shadow, Ducky, and I all send hugs and prayers, and some Golden fairy dust to cheer y'all up! (Sue at The Golden Life aka Northern Girl)

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  11. What a hard decision for your Ma ! Sometimes, you have to think of your health and make it your priority... We're sure she still can help a lot using her writing skills on the blog and on the different social networks ! Purrs

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    1. Yes it was a hard decision. For months we have been working on building strength and pacing herself but the last nine months has been the most difficult. We hopefully can still make a difference by writing.
      Have a purrfect weekend!

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  12. Carma, I read your post choked up with tears and also pride for you and your Mum. You have done the work of ten men, your advocay for your society should be a source of great joy and pride to you. Thank you for your care and your love for Owensboro. We are proud to know such a wonderful dog and her Mum.

    Marjorie, Harvey, Miranda and Silver

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    1. Thank you Marjorie. Your words are appreciated and I hope to continue to spread the word about the humane society through my writing.
      Have a wonderful day.
      xoxo

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  13. That must have been a heartbreaking decision but it sounds like it was the only one to make. {{{Hugs}}}

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  14. I'm super sorry to hear this. I know how hard that must of been for both of you. I hope Ma will be able to stress less and feel better and blogging about shelters is still helping. Sometimes life takes us down a different path than we intended, yet somehow we end up where we are needed most. Hugs to you all.

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