Pay It Forward For Pets helps improve the lives of both people and “rescued” pets through special programs. The organization manages 6 programs that directly benefit the public and offers human resources and funding to county shelters and local rescue organizations in collaboration efforts to expedite adoptions and end euthanasia.
Pay It Forward For Pets is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and depends 100% on direct public support, grants, fundraising and planned estate giving.
“We want all dogs and cats to know love and security so we are on a mission to Pay It Forward For Pets.”
Written by Olivia Mandala
People frequently like to clump dogs into categories. People often want dogs to like every dog they meet, be best friends with every cat, and act like a “babysitter” to their children. They want them to be calm but also fun. Very few dogs fully meet these expectations because very few dogs are perfect. Just as we do not expect other humans to be cookie cutter version of the ideal person, we can't expect dogs to be this way either.
I adopted a shih tzu two years ago, knowing that he had some issues that needed addressed through training. His nameis George and he was under-socialized and when he was scared he would bite (which was often). He’s small and very cute so people often times want to meet him. What they don’t know is that he is fine with being in the presence of strangers as long as they don’t look at him, don’t talk to him, and don’t go to touch him. He takes a long time to warm up to new people and if a new person were to try and pet him, he would snap at them. You’d be surprised how many people blame him and think he is a bad dog because he does not meet their expectations of what a dog should be. Why? Because George doesn’t love and trust someone the second he meets them. version of the ideal person, we can’t expect all dogs to be this way either.
As humans, we don’t love and trust someone when we first meet them either. Additionally there are boundaries we expect strangers to respect. If a new person greeted me with a kiss on the lips, I would say that person disrespected my boundaries. And George only has his teeth to tell a stranger that they are disrespecting his boundaries.