Charitable acts come in all sizes, great and small. While it’s easy to think of examples of generosity in the form of international organisations or million-dollar contributions, sometimes profound compassion comes in the form of small acts which make all the difference to a few. This was the case when an anonymous donor acted quickly to save a handful of dogs from being euthanised at a Texas animal shelter.
For five dogs called Cassie, Dixie, Luna, Chloe, and Ashton, the generosity of one anonymous donor very much made the difference between life and death. The five dogs had been at the Abilene Animal Shelter in Texas for a few weeks and, regrettably, were coming close to the date at which the shelter would have to put them down if they weren’t adopted. Unfortunately, this type of practice is all too common as many animal shelters are not equipped to deal with large numbers of animals for long periods of time.
The Abilene Animal Shelter had been posting notices on its Facebook page, trying to draw attention to the five dogs in dire need of adoption. Then, on Tuesday, the shelter posted an enthusiastic message announcing that, thanks to an anonymous donation, the five dogs on the shelter’s ‘at-risk’ list could be adopted for free as their adoption fees had all been paid.
This act of generosity has given the dogs another chance to be taken in by a caring family and, according to the Abilene Animal Shelter’s Facebook page, all of the at-risk animals were adopted within the day. While this is a heartwarming story and efforts are being made to promote adoption of pets over the purchase of puppy-mill dogs, there is still a lot that can be done and there is a lot to be learned from this life-saving act of generosity and compassion.