Written by Sharon Rose
“Heart of the Matter” has the potential to mean many different things to different individuals. When it comes to saving the lives of innocent animals in a community to me it means the collective effort on the part of compassionate individuals. A recent “poster dog”, so to speak, for Foothills Humane Society is a four week old puppy brought in by a man who could not bear to see it suffer. After collecting the pup from an acquaintance, who had not reached out for help, he brought it to the shelter where a 7-inch long, 16th inch gauge bendable wire was discovered to be running up the inside of a rear leg. Let’s not mention that the pup was too young to have been taken from his mother, but only God knows how long it suffered the pain of such an injury as it slipped into shock. Within seconds of arrival the baby was rushed to a veterinarian and as suspected the leg was too damaged to save so it was surgically removed. Although I know this dog will not know it is different from others with four legs, he nonetheless has begun life without the care he deserves. As predicted, the heart of a FHS staff member opened wide and she is fostering Conley during his recovery period. Would you believe that during multiple exams and while suffering the agony one might only imagine prior to surgery, this precious puppy never let out a complaint? The “Heart of the Matter” in this regard is compassion. The man who collected the dog, the staff member who rushed the pup to the surgeon who dropped everything to come to its aid, the staff member who allows one more innocent into her already crowded home, the many individuals who make great effort to rescue such animals in our community, collectively their compassion wins the day. At the very center of “The Heart of the Matter” are the innocent animals in this community who need our help, who deserve our help, and whose lives have been changed forever. Help us spread the message that it truly is easy to reach out for help. Bravo to all at “The Heart of the Matter”.