It’s the most wonderful time of year! The snow is falling, Holiday music is playing, it’s the season of giving, and I have moved in with Northern Saskatchewan’s homeless dogs and cats! I am currently sleeping over at the shelter until I raise $5000 for the the place hundreds of animals call their temporary home each year. So far in 2016, 400 animals have come through our doors, which is 100 more than last year! We have also had an increase in animals needing extensive medical care. As you can imagine an increase in animals and vet bills has put a financial strain on our shelter. So we are hoping that by me experiencing a little bit of suffering, not a whole lot of sleep, and providing a glimpse into the night life of the shelter, that people will support our little shelter on the prairie and make a donation to allow us to continue to provide a safe place for animals to rest their heads while they wait for a forever home.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy! The Extreme Sleepover Shelter Edition has begun!
Temperature: -6 (Feels Like -9)
Fundraising Total: $500
8:00pm Arrive at the shelter. I let the dogs out in the back runs. If I have learned anything over the years it is that tired dogs are quiet dogs! (One can hope, anyway!)
8:05pm Head out to the shed to find some bed supplies. Drag in 2 garbage bags that feel like bed type things.
8:15pm Now to MacGyver this into a bed…Minus a MacGyver-esque explosion.
8:20pm I pick my bunk mate for the evening. Our long term Resident Rocky! He makes himself comfortable.
8:23pm I let Pip out to stretch her legs. We had tried her in a communal cage earlier this week but she just kept screaming at everyone who looked at her. That’s no way to make friends!
Weird…she likes Rocky!
8:30pm I fold some laundry and search for a pillow. I find one that feels like it is filled with rocks. It’ll have to do!
8:34pm I put laundry in dryer and go to grab a dryer sheet. The fake hand was on top and scared the beejesus out of me. I scream. (Fun Fact: I am the most easily startled person in the world.)
8:36pm Let the puppies out to play. They were picked up wandering in town on Wednesday but no one has come to look for them.
8:40pm I enter the Grey Cage O’ Doom to switch out the broken hammock for a new one that was donated today! This cage is intense!
Hammock replaced and the cats flock to it.
8:45pm I make my way out of the Grey Cage O’ Doom but I have a cling on.
8:49pm Puppies are too quiet. Catch them red handed busting into a bag of microchips.
8:52pm Put Pip back in her cage.
9:00pm Puppies are chilling with their chew sticks.
9:15pm Paula stops by and brings some snacks. Puppy investigates.
9:20pm I share some cheese. Puppies are grateful!
9:45pm I walk by the Grey Cage O’ Doom and have a good laugh! I think they need a bigger hammock! They wrecked their last one by piling all 7 of them into it until it finally broke.
9:50pm Bring the dogs inside and give everyone a bedtime treat. Paula leaves.
10:00pm Turn in for the night. Wishing I had remembered socks! It’s a bit chilly!
10:02pm A cat in the Grey Cage O’ Doom deposits one very fowl poo into the litter box.
10:03pm Splash is meowing. A couple of dogs groan and whine.
10:05pm Rocky goes outside starts a chorus of barking. Jerk.
10:07pm Cat fight in Grey Cage O’ Doom. One of the dogs waits until now to eat their supper. Crunch crunch crunch.
10:08pm Bark bark bark. Whine whine whine. Meow meow meow. Scratch scratch scratch.
10:13pm Rocky comes back inside. Do you ever get the feeling you’re being watched?
10:16pm Rocky tries to get comfortable…much to my discomfort.
10:20pm I cough and start the dogs barking…crap. Left my cough syrup at home.
10:23pm The Grey Cage O’ Doom cats start playing with a garbage bag through the chain-link.
10:28pm The cats still play with the bag despite my failed attempts at shushing them and banging on the wall between us. I haul the garbage bag into my cage. Two can play at this game!
10:43pm Someone is trying to dig their way through the plastic barrier.
12:17am Cats are meowing away.
2:29am Someone coughs and it sounds like a person. That is slightly terrifying. It startles me out a dream I was having about mice crawling everywhere. Not feeling so confident about sleeping on the floor after that.
2:30am Rocky has been stuck to my side.
2:49am One of the dogs growls and sets off the others. Someone else digs into their supper. Crunch Crunch Crunch
4:10am Someone from the Grey Cage O’ Doom is meowing over and over and over….right in my ear. “Hey! Hey Lady! Hey! HEY! HEY LADY!”
5:30am Dogs across the hall are growling and start barking.
5:42am Scratch scratch scratch of the litter box.
5:43am And that repugnant smell follows close behind.
7:30am My alarm goes off. Rocky is still crashed out.
7:37am I crawl off the floor and Rocky settles himself on the bed.
7:40am I gather my clothes for the day and head out to get ready for work. I shake my fist at the Grey Cage O’ Doom on my way out.
7:50am Night #1 Complete!
If you’d like to donate to help me reach my fundraising goal of $5000 so I can get back to my warm bed, here’s how!
Donate by Mail
Box 944 Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1Y7