A Christmas Shelter Dog’s Poem


’Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full—we are lost, but not found.

Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
we hope every minute that someone will care.

They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call,
“Come here, Max and Sparkie — come fetch your new ball!”

But now we sit here and think of the days
we were treated so fondly — we had cute, baby ways.

Once we were little, then we grew and we grew.
Now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.

So out the back door we were thrown like the trash.
They reacted so quickly — why were they so rash?

We “jump on the children,” “don’t come when they call,”
we “bark when they leave us,” “climb over the wall.”

We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

If only they’d trained us, if only we knew,
we’d have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.

We were left in the backyard, or worse, let to roam.
Now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home.

They dropped us off here and they kissed us goodbye…
“Maybe someone else will give you a try.”

So now here we are, all confused and alone
in a shelter with others who long for a home.

The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
with so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat.

They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…
we know that they wonder how long we’ll be here.

We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads
of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.

Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears —
our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.

If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the inn —
could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?

We count on your kindness each day of the year —
can you give more than hope to everyone here?

Please make a donation to pay for the heat…
and help get us something special to eat.

The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
and more of us will, if more people will give.

— Author Unknown







11 Comments Add yours

  1. So true and sad words 😞🐶

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    1. Yes, it’s true dear friend. Hopefully rising our awareness can help… Thank you for visiting 🙂

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  2. My sweet Amira – you have one loving soul. Thank you for sprinkling joy into this world with your presence in it.


    1. Oh dear Luda! What a sweet thing to say! 🙂 ❤ Thank you for your kindness!!! ❤

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  3. Such true and sad poem for our little darlings. So bad that today they too r left with no one to love them, Amira. Cute little angels

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    1. So true dear Kamal!Let’s send them love and light to all and hope humanity will open their hearts to let love drive their actions! ❤


      1. Yes absolutely Amira and that is what we would love to do and see these angels not being left out.

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          1. Love and hugs to you dear.

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  4. LindaP says:

    I could never understand why people would get a beautiful pet and then abandon it! They would give their life for you,and love you unconditionally! So sad!


    1. We are a throw-away society, many people consider a dog a “thing” to posses, to play, and then discard when they are bored or no longer serves their purpose….I hope that increasing the awareness, having educational programs starting from teaching children to have the opportunity to develop a relationship with a pet, that people will begin to change and understand that all animals have feelings, feel pain and fear and love, they even dream just like us! I dream for a time when all humanity will unfold and blossom in Love, and then care for one another and all beings and Nature… ❤


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