(Main picture is loving Meatball, a lab mix at the Niagara Falls Humane Society who would love to call your place home!  For more information please CLICK HERE). 


There are times when we come face to face with obstacles that are so big and daunting they cast shadows upon the road ahead. The journey of overcoming hardship presents the opportunity to challenge the perspective of one’s self and to practice perseverance.

Take my dog for instance, a young pooch with a knack for trouble. I have to bear the responsibility of rewiring the behavioural problems that were not dealt with by her previous owners. I experience moments of frustration when her consistent inability to understand my commands overshadows my hope for improvement.

I will then blame myself for my unrefined teaching skills and form an anxiety around persisting further with the lesson, surrendering to another day of failing to properly train my dog. This has happened far more often than I’m willing to admit, but I am learning to limit my expectations and be more patient. Instead of blindly looking forward to the end results, I have vowed to make the most of our time together while nurturing her growth. Insert a cheesy quote about success being a journey not a destination here.

(Below, Fletcher, a German Shepherd, Blue Heeler mix up for adoption now.  For more information CLICK HERE).


I often wonder what kind of trials an tribulations the animals at shelters endured before they were placed under adoption. A lot of them were dealt a faulty hand in the previous chapters of their lives, and they deserve another chance to live a happy and fulfilling life. Their stories are still being written and unfortunately happy endings are not guaranteed.

(Below, handsome George, a 5 year old tuxedo cat looking for a new place to curl up.  For more about him please CLICK HERE). 


The extent of damage that neglect and abuse can inflict on an animal’s personality and behaviour can be an issue when one with a bad history is in need of a new home. Their rehabilitation requires all sorts of strength and commitment. People may view them as ‘damaged goods’ or too sad of a case to get involved with. The blemishes in behaviour act as obstacles for most, and I admire the heroes who open up their hearts to those animals in need. I view those who have chosen the scruffiest underdog at a shelter and showered it with undying affection as Saints.

(Below, Rachel, a 1.5 year old kitty up for adoption.  For more information CLICK HERE).


Humans are riddled with flaws, yet we still learn to love and accept each other’s quirks, while working towards bettering ourselves and those around us. I think the same logic should be applied to the wellbeing of our animal friends.

This week’s column written by  Alexandra Hari

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