How many people must have passed us on the street? Do we look like garbage to you?.
Whether they found themselves in the ditch filled with trash on their own, or were dumped there like unwanted pests, they were still sitting in there stuck and helpless as people just walked by. I’m so thankful for the crazy chocolate craving that came over me and compelled me to walk down to the corner shop. As I was on my way I heard some whining and went searching for the source. It was a puppy trying to climb a mound of trash to get to its siblings, one who was wedged under a fallen fence and another who was further up trying to get out. The latter was the easiest to capture as I slipped into the ditch, she just ran up to me. I had nowhere to keep her so I ran home to put her somewhere safe. I ran back to retrieve the others but they were nowhere to be seen. I climbed in the ditch once more while at least twenty people passed, a few telling me to “give up”, that they’re “just puppies”, or that “they’re fine”. I could never give up knowing these puppies, covered in fleas and ticks, sticky from the trash they’ve slept in and who have been eating the scarce remnants of people’s waste were still somewhere in this ditch, when they could be home safe with me. I kept searching, trying to fit under the fallen fence with its own layer of garbage on top of it, and looking along the whole length of the ditch. Finally I heard rustling and there she was, out of nowhere, running up to me. I grabbed her and got her home to safety. For the third time, I ran back and I instantly saw him, he was wedged under the fence again. I struggled to pull the fence up enough for me to jump in when finally a kind man offered to help. With all his might he lifted the fence and layer of junk high enough for me to slip in. I crawled amongst the trash, my knee cushioned by a used diaper, ants and other unmentionable bugs crawling on me, old banana peels, glass and leftover food everywhere. This boy was scared and it took a few try’s to get him, but he finally let me pick him up. I couldn’t give up, no amount of obstacles would stop me. This is what we do, this is why we are here, to save these puppies.