Twas the night before the large transport
And all thru the shelter halls,
Not a creature could stand still due to excitement
And all you heard was barking thru their jaws.
What a wonderful feeling this is for them
Was the thought of the shelter director,
As she helped get each one ready for their big day
Even the cats were giving her a purrrr.
As she scheduled vet visits for spay and neutering,
And made sure all shots were up to date,
No one really realized just how much work this was
And that she had to stay up real late.
Each dog and cat getting ready for their trip
Had to undergo a temperament test,
To make sure they were a good fit for each rescue
And to make sure they were all at their very best.
As no one sees what goes on behind the closed doors
What this Shelter Director and staff really go through,
The hate mail, the great mail and so much more
But to them it’s all in a day’s work for them all to do.
So the day did come and the drivers showed up
In their vans o’ plenty and crates all the same,
They all had smiles on their faces and said lets load up
And they whistled and shouted and called them by name.
Now Penny! Now Butch! Now, Princess and Trixie!
Now Bear! Now Sampson! Now, Belle and Dixie!
To the top of the crates the loading starts
And making sure all secured so no one darts!
All dogs and cats are secure and drivers are all happy
As each animal they took starts to get settle in,
For a long ride ahead going up north
As some have adoptions awaiting right out of their pen!
Then the shelter staff looks around at all the empty cages
Knowing the season they will be full again soon
But they won’t stop until they get them adopted or rescued
As that is the only song they sing with this tune.
They go back to the one’s that stayed and pat their heads
As they know their day is coming soon too
So it’s time to start preparing the fundraising for transports
As it’s certainly not cheap and takes so much time to do.
As the new little ones start rolling it again
They are greeted and named and petted,
As they are gathering up their paperwork
For them to prepare to be vetted.
The volunteers are called in to take them all
For their scheduled visits to the vet,
As none would be possible without them
And the staff appreciates them all and helps get them set.
As the next transport starts to take shape
Everyone needs to help to do their part
By donating, volunteering and saying praise
As no one likes negative as it sour as a tart.
So give praise to where it’s due
By social media, letters, or to any and all listeners,
Just explain all the lives that have been saved
As this comes to a close, and I heard the shelter staff say,
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Day!
Written by Dena Stapleton