Carl, a big, endlessly energetic black lab mix, bounded out of his kennel stall with a wagging tail on Monday morning, thrilled for a walk outdoors.
Carl was one of 130 dogs walked by volunteers who turned up at the county-operated Pima Animal Care Center on Memorial Day.
More than 100 people turned up to walk dogs and cuddle cats on a day when employees with the county had the day off.
I walked Carl around and around the beautiful lake and paths behind the shelter. He chased birds, ran through the sprinklers and then stopped to give me big kisses.
He was so excited he could barely eat the biscuits and food that volunteers set out for the canines.
I also had an opportunity to walk Greany, a skinny dark-colored chihuahua mix (that is a guess) with a bit of white fur under his mouth. Greany is easygoing, loved other dogs and couldn't get enough of the path around the lake. We ran around and around and around.
Greany has a kennel across from Della, an older white pit bull mix who had been initially too afraid to come out of her kennel. But once out, she relaxed and gave kisses to everyone she saw. She moved more slowly than Carl and Greany, but was grateful for a walk and spent more than two hours outside her kennel. She was sad to go back.
For anyone looking to do some volunteer work there it doesn't get much better than walking sweet dogs who are so grateful for the outdoor time.
And for anyone looking to adopt, there's a dog for everyone at the county shelter, including purebreds, puppies, older dogs, big dogs, medium-sized dogs, and tiny lap dogs.
No need for anyone in Pima County to get a dog from a breeder or a pet store.
I adopted my cat, Guinevere from the Pima Animal Care Center years ago and she's been the best companion I could ever ask for. I love her with all my heart!
Though county employees weren't technically supposed to be at work on Memorial Day, some of the dedicated shelter staff did show up and were facilitating some adoptions when I left. A successful day for animals and humans.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the shelter on a regular basis is invited to a volunteer meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight.
Donations are also needed. Donors may contribute through the mail, in person, or over the phone using a credit or debit card. Make all checks payable to the Pima Animal Care Center.
To make a donation or to sponsor a kennel, call the shelter at 243-5969 to make a credit card donation.
Or mail a check or money order made out to PACC: 4000 N Silverbell Rd Tucson, AZ 85745