I visited the animal shelter today, hoping to come home with a new companion.
Instead I came home crying.
I am not someone who easily shows those emotions, but I honestly broke down there in front of the shelter staff. To see a terrified dog (more precisely, many dogs) crouching in the back of his kennel (admittedly fairly nice kennels), abandoned there because his owners "put in new carpet" or "the old dog didn't get along with the new dog/cat/child," I was angry beyond words.
Those pleading barks, asking for nothing more than some pats on the head in exchange for unconditional love...