A few weeks ago Max and I discovered somewhere wonderful. It’s Monika’s Doggie Rescue out Ingleside way in Sydney and it’s a place where little boy’s dreams can come true. Every day from 10am until around 3pm, Monika needs volunteers to give up about one hour of their time to walk a dog in need. Monika rescues dogs bound for ‘death row’ at pounds across the state and they are all housed at her facility on a farm at Ingleside while they wait for adoption. This is a massive operation that rescues around 500 dogs every single year. That’s a lot of dogs that need walking.
It was a simple, fun thing to do and Max and I met a new four-legged friend called Sienna (that’s our little cutie bitsa up there!), but, more than that, we met a new friend called social consciousness. Max is suddenly switched on to the importance of caring for those who can’t care for themselves.
Since first walking Sienna we have met and enjoyed the company of a few more dogs, but Sienna is always the dog we ask for first. She’s a lovely pup that has given us a chance to bond with a doggy when I’m just not keen on having one of our own. I do feel bad about that (the aim of Monika’s is to find homes for the dogs after all), but I think being there for these dogs is the next best thing.
In fact, can’t think of a better thing to do with the time you’ll save from missing out on the screens than helping out! You can meet and walk Monika’s dogs from Ingleside from Tuesday – Sunday, or on weekends at Chatswood, Alexandria, Surry Hills or Parramatta. Click here for information on how to become a volunteer.
As a nice tie-in, tomorrow I’ve got a really special guest writing about becoming more charitable, so stay tuned for that!
Do you have the opportunity to get out and about with a pet?